The Princess and the Queen In Wonderland

When my daughter woke up and said Donna I want to wear my princess dress and crown. I knew exactly what she had in mind.

So we began our simple transformation into The Princess and the Queen at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. It’s 183 acres of indoor green house and outdoor beauty. The perfect backdrop to our impromptu holiday photoshoot.

Not long after that we visited Clod Gate (aka the Bean) in downtown Chicago.

I look back at this year and think I’ve only made 3 post. Only 3!!!!

Whew this year has wiped me out for real. We have still been about town Day Tripping and will be turning our day trips into road trips for 2020. I look forward to new and amazing adventures and sharing more with you all.

When I say that motherhood in my Midlife has completely changed who I am. That is most certainly true. Women are WARRIORS IN THE FLESH.

The person that took our pictures said we were giving them “Alice In Wonderland” vibes hence the title.

Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Happy Kwanzaa
& Happy New Year
Zi’Joy & MaMa Donna

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  • Jenni NZ replied 4 years ago

    Oh Ledonna Happy Christmas to you and Zi’Joy. Gorgeous pics. She will be a warrior princess one day xx

  • Kate replied 4 years ago

    Merry Christmas, Ledonna and Zi’Joy, and Happy New Year!

  • Kathie replied 4 years ago

    A princess dress with boots! Pretty and practical! I love the series with the two of you on the bench at the garden. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to two fabulous warriors!

  • Liesbeth replied 4 years ago

    Oh my. I love how you make an adventure out of a toddler’s whimsies :). Pics 9 and 12 should be printed and framed, so lovely.

  • bridgie replied 4 years ago

    Adorable, gorgeous.  Merry Christmas.

  • kkards replied 4 years ago

    Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and wishing you and Princess Zi’Joy much joy, happiness and good health in the new year. 

  • cindysmith replied 4 years ago

    That girl is stunning, just like her mama <3

  • Helena replied 4 years ago

    So awesome, you do the best day trips and you two look amazing! If you make it to Toronto this year, you better let me know for a meetup!!

    Happy holidays to you and yours LeDonna!

  • nemosmom replied 4 years ago

    What a fun mom you are! What an adventure you gave your little. Wishing you an adventurous 2020!

  • replied 4 years ago

    This post warmed my heart so much.  I wish for you that 2020 involves many Road Trips.  

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Oh, it’s Christmas for sure today! Y’all look beautiful!

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 4 years ago

    All hail the Midwinter Queen and her daughter!

    I can’t believe how big your kiddo has gotten! You both look so happy and joyous! I wish that for everyone - to feel the way the two of you look in these photos!

    Happy All The Holidays! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Laura replied 4 years ago

    Absolutely stellar -- Garfield Park Conservatory is such a gem! Happy holidays to the Princess and the Queen!

  • slim cat replied 4 years ago

    Looking gorgeous ladies! Happy holidays!

  • replied 4 years ago

    Happy holidays, fabulous warrior ladies!  May you be blessed and well-dressed in 2020!!

  • nuancedream replied 4 years ago

    Happy holidays and many blessings to her majesty and her royal highness! YLF!!

  • BlueJay replied 4 years ago

    Such cute pictures! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and Zi'Joy.

  • pil replied 4 years ago

    Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing your day!

  • Barbara Diane replied 4 years ago

    I can’t find the words. She is beautiful and precious and so grown up. And her dress! What a beautiful spot. You look happy and I like the details on your outfit and both of your boots are fab.

  • Cee replied 4 years ago

    Awwww !

  • Ginkgo replied 4 years ago

    You always take your daughter on such magical trips! I love all the photos but my favorites are 4 (she looks like a royal princess holding her skirt up) and 8 (definitely a magical moment) and all the photos of the two of you. Love to you both!

  • annagybe replied 4 years ago

    Fantastic pics!
    I love Zi’ Joy’s crown, especially with her hair

  • Jaime replied 4 years ago

    So gorgeous! #12 is my favorite I think. You are both magical.

  • Bonnie replied 4 years ago

    What a fun mama you are. She is so lucky!

  • Diana replied 4 years ago

    You both look gorgeous and like you’re having so much fun! <3
    I love your hair (both of you!) and that you match.

    Happiest of holidays to you both, and I hope next year is the best yet!

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Zi’Joy is an adorable princess and Queen Donna is so regal. You both look ready for more adventures.

  • RobinF replied 4 years ago

    So fun! Love the princess dress, you both look great!

  • Eliza replied 4 years ago

    Ledonna- so appreciative of all 3 posts. How great to see the two of you sharing these moments. May 2020 bring you both much happiness, health and peace. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    Happy all the holidays to the beautiful princess and queen :) Love seeing your adventures, and looking forward to your road trips!

  • lyn67 replied 4 years ago

    ZI'Joy is a true princess, and love your red docs!:-))

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    OMG, ZiJoy is just precious!!! An you look beautiful. #10 Is the BEST!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Those photos are so gorgeous. Zi-Joy is the perfect princess. And you are the Queen of Everything in those red docs! Wishing you love and joy for the season. 

  • karen13 replied 4 years ago

    So lovely to see you both! And Yay to mid-life momdom! I’m looking forward to your 2020 adventures!

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 4 years ago

    She is adorable, and you both look vibrant and full of life!
    About the infrequent posting—I miss you, but you’ve clearly got your priorities in order. Enjoy your adventures in 2020!

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