Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Magical Moments

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Good morning, loves! How's the week treating you all so far?

Well it's certainly starting to feel a whole lot like Christmas over here. Especially after getting to experience Handel's Messiah in all it's glory last night. What an incredible experience. And my seats were front row center! I had goosebumps for hours after!

Also helping the shape the mood....the temperatures have dropped, the wreath is hung, the presents are wrapped and the house is finally all done up. There's still lots to do, baking, cooking and a little rearranging, but I feel like everything's coming into place and I'm just going to enjoy this magical time of year. The past few years have taught me what is important in life so there's no point in sweating the small stuff. In the end the holidays are about spending time with your loved ones, right?

How are you all doing with your holiday preparations?

Enjoy the day, sweets!

xoxo

In memory of my best friend Derek who passed away almost a year ago. He would have been celebrating his 40th birthday today. I cherish all the moments we had together and I remember and celebrate him today and each and every day.

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4 All images edited by The Alternative Wife
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37 comments:

Adele said...

The concert sounds totally amazing! I'm like you...feeling very chilled that everything is virtually done, but spending time with loved ones is the most important thing of all. So sorry to read about your friend too xoxo
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Martina said...

Hi Dawn, it snowed here today and everythink looks like winter-wonderland - so great for christmas! I think i need to go to a classic concert too, to get the spirit! Have a fun day!

The Dainty Doll's House said...

Beautiful post!! It is most important to spend it with those you love most and not get too brushed over by the small things..life goes so fast! I know your friend would love this post and your sentiments!! I had two childhood friends that passed away on Christmas Day when we were teens, so Christmas has always been a bit more to me than presents and things. I hope you have a wonderful time surrounded by love!!! xoxox

Katie said...

Such beautiful thoughts about your friend. We all certainly need to remember to live each day to the fullest!

classiq said...

What a wonderful post, Dawn, and beautiful way to remember your friend. xo
Ada

The enchanted home said...

Making slow but steady progress. Yesterday was my "manic Monday" and todays my "tornado Tuesday" where I will go all over the place and hopefully like a white tornado finish it all up!! Glad things are going well there and so happy you enjoed Handels Messiah...I was blown away when I saw it too. Happy prepping this week!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

My thoughts to you and Derek today, my dear. This holiday is definitely all about spending it with loved ones!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Debby said...

This post is beyond beautiful!! I LOVE it!! So glad you had fun last night. Wow, birthdays are so hard when someone passes so young. I know how close you and J were with him. Hugs to you, Dawn. xo

Mrs. Pancakes said...

I couldn't agree more about remembering what's important and not sweating the small stuff...thanks for the reminder! Glad you had fun at the concert!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

lovely way to remember him Dawn, sending you lots of love xo

Stacey said...

Beautiful post Dawn and i'm sure Derek is smiling now because of your heartwarming post. Love to you sweet friend. xx

O said...

Christmas is indeed very close now! Amsterdam is getting colder too, so I am ready! Sorry for your loss, that is never fun. xoxo

Katie*Belle said...

I'd love to see Handel's Messiah one day! I love these images you've chosen, and this tribute to your friend is beautiful.

rolala said...

Sounds like your week is going swimmingly dear. What a lovely post and tribute to your late friend.

City Girl Chicago said...

What a beautiful post ~ down to the last words. I'm sorry for your loss, but am happy to hear you are still celebrating his life :)

kristina said...

dawn ~ prayers and thoughts go out to you and your beloved friend... hope your tuesday is off to a great start my friend and wow ~ you got the best seats girl!!
xoxo, kristina

navy and orange said...

love the color in these photos. great post!

xoxo navy & orange

sugarhoneybaby said...

Beautiful post!

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Sounds like you are well on track Sweets. Read just recently that Handel completed The Messiah in only 28 days as he was living in abject poverty and was desperate for money! Makes it even more incredible when you know that ;-)

Alexa said...

It's Christmas over here too, for sure! So magical. And I'm sorry about your friend, I'm sure he's looking down and still enjoying those magical moments with you. Have a nice day, Dawn! xo

B. in the Know said...

Glad you had a great time last night at the concert - I am sure it was amazing! I cannot believe Christmas is almost here, but it is feeling like Christmas. We had a few friends over last night for mulled wine to celebrate Christmas - so fun!
Much love,
B

Tamra said...

Amen sister!! Yes, it is all about spending time with loved ones, and I'm so thankful of those times! Glad you are having a great week!

Val said...

I truly love this post!

Punctuation Mark said...

great post... i love that you payed tribute to your friend...

Stay warm my dear!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Beautiful post. Have a great week!

Collette Osuna said...

So happy to hear you had a great evening....how could you not? Im sure it was amazing. Time is getting the best of me as Xmas creeps up, yikes....one more person to go on the shopping list.

You have a heart of gold to make a tribute to your friend:)
Hugs!

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Tanvi said...

Sounds wonderful Dawn!!!! Hope rest of the holidays go well too! :)

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A Brit Greek said...

Aww, you're such an angel, what a great tribute to someone who meant a lot to you!

Sounds like you had an amazing time too!

So you're at the yia's for Xmas feasting? That will be pretty awesome I'm sure! You sound all set to go sweets!
x.o.x.o

Elle Sees said...

I'm helping with a wedding for my brother. In a train depot. Lord help me! Haha

Aly McLoughlin-Harte said...

My preparations are coming together but I too am very much about family, friends and enjoyment this year and have decided to leave the stress at the back door!

The first image here reminds me of Alexa Chung. Not sure if you know her but she is a model turned TV presenter in the uk and her style is edgy+soft all in one.

Good luck with the prep

Lovely idea with the dedication to your friend Derek

Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty said...

My distant BFF! ;) Everything's coming together for you nicely... now bring on the presents! hehe! So glad you enjoyed your night out - sounds perfect! There's something about the holidays, being with the ones you love in the comfort of your own home... it's so warm and homey! Thinking of you and your best friend today, cheers to his good life. xoxo, LRT

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

yes it really is...sometimes we lose sight of what the holidays are meant for...cherishing that time. lovely tribute :)

Andrea Reh said...

I wanted to make a bauble wreath this year for Christmas but I think I've left it a bit late... Next year.

Thinking of you today.

Andrea x

honey my heart said...

i'm happy to say that i'm almost done with prep! can't wait for Christmas :) glad to hear that you're filled with cheer.

*Glam Chameleon* said...

U always have so great time, no matter where u go!:)) Love to hear that!! And I can't wait to hear about your Christmas experiences very soon!;)
kisses
Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

Styleabaad said...

Nice to hear that you're getting into the Christmas spirit over there. Here in Sweden I'm just about to go out and do some last minute gift shopping and then I think I will consider myself ready for Christmas!

xoxo
Elsa

Meta Musings said...

These images are so gorgeous! Keep enjoying the festivities!

Happy holidays!

xx
Chantal