The Holidays – December 2008

Friends: I love the holidays. This holiday season was no different. On Christmas morning, we woke up to Santa’s overnight magic – stockings stuffed with goodies and presents galore. Here is Eliana reading a note from Santa… The first picture shows my little chef Eliana beaming with excitement from the cool gifts she received from […] Read More

Categories: Christmas, Dianne de Las Casas, Holidays

Merry Christmas Eve! Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Friends: As I write this post it is already Christmas in Louisiana! On December 24, 2008, Christmas Eve, we spent the day preparing. We went to church and then to my mother’s house. My 18-year-old daughter, Soleil, gave me a gift that truly touched my heart. She spent hours making me a hand-sculpted and hand-painted […] Read More

Categories: Christmas, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Storytelling, The Cajun Cornbread Boy

Christmas Concert featuring Vince Vance – Sunday, December 21, 2008

Friends: My family and I attended a Christmas Concert at Fountain Park Centre in Harvey, LA (suburb of New Orleans). The park is a new upscale retail and restaurant development. The concert featured Vince Vance, songwriter and creator of the #1 Christmas song in the U.S. – “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” We […] Read More

Categories: Christmas, Dianne de Las Casas

Phenomenal Week with New Books and Book Signing! Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friends: On Saturday, December 20, 2008, I had my first book signing for my first children’s picture book,The Cajun Cornbread Boy. The book signing was at Maple Street Children’s Book Shop in New Orleans. It was fun because I was signing books with my best friend, Johnette Downing, Children’s Musician and Author. Johnette was signing […] Read More

Categories: Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Christmas, Dianne de Las Casas, Louisiana, Tangram Tales, The Cajun Cornbread Boy

The Cajun Cornbread Boy Arrives – Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friends, I am so excited! My first picture book for children, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, came in! My publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, is based in New Orleans so my husband picked up a case of books for me today. The books are beautiful! They are scheduled for a Spring 2009 release so getting the books […] Read More

Categories: Author, Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Christmas, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Kids, Louisiana, Puppet

Christmas Activity: Santa Mail

Christmas Activity: Santa Mail My family celebrates Christmas. During the holidays, we send each other “Santa Mail.” We have a big mail box into which we stuff our notes to each other. We know when there is mail because a small tag hangs from the front of the mailbox that says, for example, “Santa Mail […] Read More

Categories: Christmas, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas

Busy Holiday Weekend! Friday-Sunday, December 5-7, 2008

Friends: What a busy weekend this has been! Friday began with chaperoning a third grade field trip to see “The Nutcracker.” I accompanied Eliana and her class, singing and doing hand games at the back of the bus with Eliana and her friends. When we returned to school, we picnicked on a blanket in the […] Read More

Categories: Christmas, Dianne de Las Casas, Holidays

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas; Friday, December 5, 2008

Friends: When you enter our house, Santa greets you at the front door. The house is decorated for Christmas. The presents are wrapped and tucked under our Christmas tree. This is our kitchen. We decided to keep things pretty simple this year, especially in light of my surgery. A trifle bowl on the coffee table […] Read More

Categories: Christmas, Dianne de Las Casas, Holidays