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Happy New Year!


Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to new beginnings and a year full of adventures. Today is Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. We get to start fresh with a brand new calendar. It has yet to be cluttered up with scribbles and notes. Don’t you just love the crispness of a new calendar? It’s just like opening a new journal or pack of paper. Breaking a pen out of it’s packaging. The feeling we get with things that are new is just amazing. As we get older, there are still many new things but so much less than when we were young. I love looking at the wonder in my son’s eyes as he sees the world all big and bright and new. New experiences, new faces, new smells, and new feelings.

Today, on this first day of a brand new year, I ask that you look at the world through the eyes of a child. Take delight in the everyday wonders that life in our world has to offer. Happy New Year from my family to yours!


Christmas reflections


I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Its time to get back to writing again. We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We opened a few presents early like the recordable book my parents gave little man “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a very noisy learning farm sit to stand walker from my sister.

Christmas day started with the opening of the stockings. Our pups loved their treats and so did my husband. He got some delicious Walker shortbread cookies and chocolate. We talked to family and I got the turkey in the oven. Then it was more phone time. We were all set up for Skype but we never did it.

Our wonderful dinner consisted of a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and rolls. We were too full to eat the pumpkin pie so it will be enjoyed tonight instead.

I’ll be home for Christmas


This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. While we won’t spend the holidays with our parents and extended family, I’ve thankfully never had to spend a holiday alone. Birthday yes, but no holidays. My wish for everyone is to be home for Christmas. Each year so many people are away from home for the holidays. One of my childhood friends was deployed last Christmas. While the family was sad he wasn’t home, I don’t think any of us could imagine how sad he was. This year, my grandma and my husband’s grandpa will both be spending Christmas in the hospital. She is in her late 80’s and he is in his early 90’s. I don’t know how many Christmases they each have left.

This is my son’s first Christmas and I hope that he will always be home for Christmas. Maybe one day we will live close enough to the rest of our family to celebrate each holiday with them. We are already lucky that my parents and my husbands parents, and most of the extended family, live fairly close together. This makes visiting very easy. But due to the cost of airline tickets, dog boarding, as well as getting time off; I haven’t spent a Christmas with my parents in 6 years! Time sure has flow by and I get sad thinking about not seeing them but I only have to look over to my son to smile again. He is my family, and my husband too of course, and we will spend this Christmas together. Our first as a now larger family and I love it!

We won’t have snow for Christmas, we haven’t had one since we left Utah (snow all winter long). We also won’t have mistletoe. I’ve actually never had mistletoe before. As far as the presents go, they are all under the tree waiting for Christmas morning. Except for 4 presents that is. One my sister got for my son is waiting all assembled and I’ll bring it down Christmas morning. One my mom got for my son has the instructions on it to open Christmas Eve. I’m really curious as to what that on is. The other two are in transit and I’m hoping they get here by Christmas Eve so we can have them Christmas morning. Otherwise, we will have to wait until the day after Christmas (or later) to get them.

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree

Last minute shopping?

Are you one of those last minute shoppers? Or have you been done for awhile?

While I had most of my shopping done by December 1st, some of it did wait. I bought the last of the stocking suffers a few days ago but they were food items so I’m giving myself a free pass on the timing for that. However, even though I bought my son a Christmas ornament, we did need to get him something else. It is expected to arrive Christmas eve. Please oh please let Amazon get it here in time.

I am also hoping something else gets here on time, that would be my Christmas present from my husband. He decided to start shopping today from my Amazon gift list. While I do want a laundry room rug, I’m not sure if it could be considered a Christmas present. I’m anxious to see what he picked out for me. I promised him I wouldn’t read any emails I get from Amazon until after Christmas.

So I wonder if getting ask the Christmas shipping done early is a woman thing or if I have been trained by the fact that I generally have to send 75% of the presents to family around the first to ensure that parcel post gets everything there on time. I really hate using the post office but the nearest UPS store is just too far.

I’d love to know how everyone else is with regards to their Christmas shopping. Am I the norm or all on my own? For all those hoping to grab a last minute deal or just plain procrastinators, good luck. And for everyone, have a great evening.

~ Marie