Goodbye Christmas Season, Hello New Year

Hi there!  I admit that it has been quite a while since my last post!  The holidays were the holidays.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE Christmas along with all special days that dress up the ho-hum of everyday life.  However…the holidays are very full for us.  There is wonderful time with family, delicious eats on every table, and late night (like after 9 o’clock for us!) catching up.  All this excitement and togetherness is so wonderful.  Sometimes, I get overwhelmed by the full-ness of it all.  I fantasize about “Next year, we’ll do this ____.”  We’ll stay home.  We’ll only visit one branch of our families.  We’ll visit only for the big day.  Truth be told, I am usually very sad to leave despite my feelings of overwhelm-ness.  This year was no different.  I started out enjoying all the fun times that Christmas brings as we travel and stay with family for the weekish period of time.  Then, I get a little crazy from all the stimulation.  (I’ve been known to shower in the dark just to get a little peace on a particularly chaotic day.)  Finally, I ended up with just an feeling of gratitude for time spent, a craving for more family time, and an understanding that even though all the travel and packing and chaos can be challenging it is worth time spent with those special people.  I’m so grateful to have so much family in one area.  I’m grateful that Holden can see all of his immediate family in a day’s time.  I’m grateful for new traditions like Christmas morning brunch at my brother and sister-in-law’s beautiful home.  I’m grateful for kind words from unexpected places.  I’m grateful for opportunities that nurture my son’s connection with his family and where “his people” (as my mother would say) come from.  

I hope you enjoy these pictures from our holidays.  I don’t have many, and I’m actually thankful for that as well.  I wanted to take the pictures with my mind instead of reaching for my phone.  The moments I did capture were very real and mostly of Holden.  He is by far the most photogenic of the bunch.


To celebrate the New Year, the Mr. and I had some takeout sushi and Bloody Mary’s.  Both were delish, but I really have been eating a lot less “meat” recently.  I enjoyed a vegetable roll with just a few pieces of fish.  Holden also tried sparkling grape juice for the first time, and I rediscovered a love for it!  I’m thinking this needs to be a once a month purchase!


I added some pretty raspberries for color.  We also completed the New Year’s worksheet below…


Here is the link to my pin on pinterest if you’d like to click there and then click the image to get a printable version from the original source.  My answers were as follows…

  • A bad habit I’m going to break…Stop eating when I’m tired and rest instead!  (Even a five or ten minute breather)
  • A new skill I’d like to learn…I’d like to successfully make yeast bread.  I’ve tried before and totally am intimidated by it!
  • A person I hope to be more like…I’d like to be more patient and careful with my words.  So basically anyone who demonstrates those characteristics!
  • A good deed I’m going to do…I’d like to volunteer at the Chapel Pantry again this summer break for a day.
  • A place I’d like to visit…Maine or New Orleans.  On a smaller scale, I’d like to take on a boat ride, like canoe or kayak!
  • A book I’d like to read…Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • A letter I’m going to write…One to Holden on his birthday and another secret one.
  • A new food I’m going to try…Thai Food!  I can’t decide if I’m going to make it or try it out.  Maybe both and compare!
  • I’m going to do better at…Not raising my voice when I’m upset.  This goes for all people and all places!

What are your goals for 2014?  Do you make resolutions?  I just love a fresh start and new plans!  Have a wonderful Day 1 of 2014!


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