Dec 182012

Santa is coming and soon.

It’s hard for me to believe his arrival is only one week away.

“Should we go for one night or for two?”  Hubby asks me over dinner the other night.

“I’m Sorry?”  I asked . . . not understanding .

And then it all comes back to me — we had discussed taking a ski trip to the mountain pass with our Airstream that I had completely forgotten about.  The trip was planned right in the middle of this upcoming week.  This week when I was supposed to be getting my act together and getting everything ready for Christmas.

{ which I wasn’t }

At that moment, both of my boys sat there looking at me, forks down, with their questioning eyes waiting for what I will say.  It was very obvious I had forgotten and it was very obvious they were excited to go.

All of a sudden my mind starts to fill with panic.  There is so much that needs to be done and now a trip in the middle?  Luckily the next day was Sunday and it dawned on me that I would be able to have it all to myself to begin to (finally) prepare for Christmas.

I spent the entire day baking shortbread cookies in the Airstream and making simple gift tags all while listening to the *plink, plink, plink* of the rain drops falling on the aluminum roof.

It was a nice cozy day in the Airstream and  I was very thankful for the peaceful moments I was able to have.  After the recent passing of our beloved dog “Buddy,” who was with us for 12+ years to the passing of B’s special mouse “Moose” who also decided it was his time to go — to the horrible news from Oregon to Connecticut, it felt good for a moment to have my mind somewhere else.

“Home Made” Cookie Stamp

Here is the link to the shortbread cookie recipe I used  (that slid to one side of the skillet due to my Airstream not being level – really had me fooled for a minute!) that I eventually filled with white chocolate ganache and then rolled in miniature chocolate chips.  Note, Ina’s ganache recipe used regular chocolate but I subbed it out for white chocolate instead.  Your pick!

Tis’ the season ♥

While they were baking away I made some gift tags using my Instagram photos (copy and paste from “” into Word and then printed and cut out) and some fun decorative road map, polka dot and film tape I found at my local craft store.

I’m pretty sure Grams and Gramps will love these tags XOXO

This is where we will be spending our weekends coming up.  Hopefully the RV parking lot won’t be this crowded but if it’s a great powder day, I wouldn’t be surprised!  I will admit, it’s kind of fun to be camped this way (not so much leaving though….)

Here we were two years ago.  Looking forward to new memories with our new Airstream.

Sending love and hugs to you all, my friends xoxo


Buddy Bennett

Rest In Peace Our Sweet Buddy. 6/21/2000 – 12/7/2012




  6 Responses to “Preparing for Christmas”

  1. Buddy looked like an awesome friend to have around. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Great post. I love the instagram tag idea. I’m sure everyone will love them!!

    Have fun on the slopes and Merry Christmas :)

    • He was definitely an awesome friend xoxo Thanks for your kind words and I’m happy you liked the tags :) xoxo Sending warm wishes to you, Dan, the kids and Yoda xoxox

  2. Monica,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Sweet Buddy and Moose mouse. Just so many heartwrenching happenings. Your writing, photography and your cooking brings you peace, comfort and sweet memories of those wonderful pets. Most important is that you are surrounded with the warmth and love of your family and friends and you have been blessed. Here’s sending you warm hugs and may your holidays be bright.
    P.S. Thank you for the recipe links!

    • Thank you so much for your comforting words. They truly mean so much xoxo Sending you warm hugs too and hoping your holidays are wonderful, peaceful and full of happiness ♥♥

  3. Can you tell me where I can find a tiny toy Airstream like in your top picture? I’ve been looking everywhere! Dawn Ogden
    aka “The Untourists”

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