Home In The Mitten State!

Hey!  Long time, no see!  Sorry I’ve been a little MIA for the last couple of weeks, but there has been so much going on!

First things first, I finally wrapped up this semester at school, and made the Dean’s List again!  Woo-hoo!

Then, Matt and I spent Christmas in Michigan this year with my family, and have had so much fun for the last week.

Christmas Eve was the big family celebration, and my whole family came over to celebrate.  Matt and I made up for time lost, and ate a ton of food.  I’ve probably gained about five pounds since we’ve been back in the States, but boy oh boy, it feels good!

My Mom's famous Gnocchi

We spent some long overdue time with my nieces and nephews…

Ain't they sweet?

They even got a visit from Santa Claus (aka my dad!) on Xmas Eve!

Rocco (my youngest nephew) with my dad (Santa). He totally bought into it, and thought it was Santa!

Santa's lil' helper, Tootsie (my parents dog.)

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus…

My mom and dad. P.S. Santa asked her what she wanted for Christmas, and she told him "diamonds."

From the left...Rocco aka the Roc, Dylan aka Dyl-Pickle, Kayla aka Kooks, and Logan aka Logi-Bear.

My beautiful nieces, Allison and Kayla.

The next day, Matt and I opened presents from my parents and each other on Christmas morning…

A very special gift made by my mom. She saved my bridal bouquet, dried it a special way, and then framed it with our wedding invitation. How cool is that?!

We also got tickets to see my very favorite show, Wicked!

We went and saw the show today, and it was absolutely amazing!! P.S. I had to restrain myself from belting along to Defying Gravity!

My Christmas gift to Matt for our first married Christmas together.

Matt’s Christmas gift to me…

Isn't it gorge?! I LOVE it!

We’ve had such a blast in Michigan for the past week.  We’ve done all kinds of fun stuff!

We went to the Henry Ford Museum…

And we got to see the actual bus that Rosa Parks rode when she refused to sit at the back of the bus!

According to the tour guide, this is the actual spot that Rosa Parks sat in.

We saw the infamous car where Kennedy was shot…

And saw many, many more interesting and fascinating things.

Today we went to the Greektown casino in downtown Detroit…

We didn't win big or anything, but we didn't lose any money either!

And tomorrow we say goodbye to a wonderful and fun-filled week with family and friends in my hometown.

It’s been a good trip, and I’m happy I got to spend such quality time with those who are so special to me.


It’s still good to be back in the States, and no, I don’t miss Grenada one bit yet at all!

So, tell me…

What did you get for Christmas?!

P.S.  I will be back to my regular blogging schedule after the New Year.  I’ve missed you all!

~The End

14 thoughts on “Home In The Mitten State!

  1. Love the pictures hun – looks like you had a GREAT Christmas! 🙂

    I spent Christmas day with Pat and the family and got £50 off Pat and the girls.

    Still afraid to get involved with the kids though – maybe it’ll pass, but after what I was put through it was a struggle to kiss little Jessica goodbye!!!


    Love and hugs!


  2. Welcome Back and sounds like you are living it up back in the States! Thanks for sharing and love your photos. My best gift this year was business cards with my blog information – now I can be more professional:) Have a Great New Year!

  3. As living in Israel and being jewish we cannot enjoy the christmes. But I have a trick for that since my birthday is on Dec. 26, so I got a watch. I bought to my mate shoes for his birthday, at the last month, then I heard about a superstition to not give shoes to your love one, so he will walk away from you. so…i delay the gift with excuses, but after I offer them to my big brother, who didn’t want to hear…and make a google on the subject…found…that the exact superstition said, to not give shoes for charismes, so I harry up and gave him the shoes a week before and add another 2 simbolic gifts (a candle and a neated bracelet). but yes we fought right after. no worry we make up then.
    Love to read you…A happy new year to the Palma Family spokeswoman…!
    One question: what size is the plate you gave to matt, and what to do with?

  4. Awesome!! My daughter and I were at the same show….1pm on the 28th…wasn’t it phenomenal?! We actually live in Indiana but are from the Ann Arbor area…perhaps we walked by each other at the show and didn’t realize it! Best of luck with the book…

  5. Happened across your blog this evening and really enjoyed what I have seen. Not just because I live in Michigan. I like your perspectives and the way you present them. Really, and very comfortable and enjoyable read.

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