Another week has come and gone and I've really been slacking in the photo taking department. I did manage to take a few shots of the pretty little snowfall we had. Not much but just enough to make everything look sparkly and cover up the dog poop that's been in the back yard since it got cold out. : )
I also got the remaining Christmas decorations down and put away. It's pretty late for us this year but our tree still looked so pretty and had lost barely any needles so I took my time with that. Does anybody else say thank you to their tree for looking so pretty right before you toss it to the curb? I always do. : )
Something I've been focusing on here since I discovered it on Pinterest is "hygge." If you're not familiar with this Danish word then type this in on Pinterest and see the wonderful images that come up. Oh my goodness!!
Oh. And this happened . . .
I thought about finally acting like a "grown up" and then, in the nick of time, I found this . . .
And, by the way . . .
Here's to another 50 AT LEAST!!!!! xoxo
Last night we rang in the new year with a house full of friends and kids. It was beautifully chaotic and noisy. It actually wasn't really that noisy until I broke out the noise makers and then it turned into what sounded like a gigantic flock of geese had landed in our living room. Really it did. My husband gave me a look and I gave him a smile because it was all for the kids. He just shook his head knowing how I am. I often have to remind him that he knew how I was when he married me yet still chose to put a ring on it. Haha!! : ) Every one of those kids made it to midnight including the six month old baby Amelia who took a brief power nap and then had more energy than all of us. At 11:56 we gathered in the living room and turned on the television for the big countdown. While we waited for the ball to drop, I took a few seconds to look around the room at all of the people that had gathered there. Lots of happy, smiling faces. It had been such a fun night. A gathering of new friends that now feel like old friends. Our hope when we moved to our new town was that we'd meet some new friends that were easy going, fun and liked to talk as much as we do. We definitely found them!! : )
I wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2017. I'm looking forward to this new year. This clean slate. I'm still thinking about what my word for this year is. I've narrowed it down to a few. Have you picked your word yet? If you want to share, I'd love to hear what it is.
Namaste ~ Wendy
This weekend we had our first significant snowfall. Probably about 4 inches worth. It may not sound like much but it's about as much as we got all of last winter!!! The second Megan's feet hit the floor in the morning she wanted to be outside playing in it. Miss Independent got as far as her boots, snow pants and coat and was out the door.
|"Mommmmmmyyyyy!! I need gloves and a hat!!! I'm freeeezing!!!!!"|
Everyone got in on the act and wanted to play outside including son number two above who thought it would be a good idea to run around the pool with nothing on his feet while the dog was chasing him.
|I think he'll rethink that next time. : (|
|Brady's favorite kind of weather!!!!|
|Ummm . . . I think it's a boy snow angel. LOL!!!|
We also got a visit from the man in red himself!!! One of the many things I love about our town is how they've kept some traditions alive that many small towns have discontinued since I was a child.
The fire department comes by every year with Christmas music playing and Santa and his helpers handing out candy canes to all the children in each neighborhood. The fire department in the town where I grew up was always a big part of my life until pretty recently. My father, uncles and cousins were all volunteers and my first husband was as well. There were always activities going on at Christmas time for the kids.
I believe that traditions are so important and I believe they are something that kids really enjoy and look forward to and, hopefully, will pass along to my grandchildren (what???? Lol!!) some day.
Wishing you a peaceful Monday ~ Wendy
I've been pondering the upcoming year a lot recently. Thinking about my word for the year. Thinking about my BIG birthday (50!!!) coming up in a few weeks and not believing how quickly the time goes. Wishing that sometimes I could flip a switch and wipe away all of the negative things I was told about myself growing up and chose to believe even though they were just one person's opinion. Those things stick with you. I'm so much more aware of this after having a daughter. One of the best aspects of getting older, for me, is that I see more clearly why people act and think the way they do and this, in turn, allows me to be less judgmental. This is something that I've been working on.
There is much I'd like to accomplish in the coming year but most of all I want to remember to take it one day at a time. : )
On a different note ~
I've been thinking about starting a new blog. I'll still have this one but I'd like to start one that is private. I have so many things that I want to write about. NEED to write about. I've started writing in a journal again whenever I feel the need and it dawned on me that there might be women going thru similar things at this point in their life but don't get much of a chance to talk about them or else aren't comfortable talking about them in public. If this is something you'd like to be a part of please let me know in the comments. It's just in the beginning stages. I thought it could be like the Faberge Organics Shampoo commercial where they say "and they told two friends, and so on, and so on . . ." Remember that?? Lol!! If you have a friend that you think would be interested in participating in a blog like that, please let them know. I'll definitely keep you posted about this.
Have a beautiful rest of your weekend!!
Horse drawn carriage rides. Store fronts decked to the nines. A visit with Santa. Old fashioned Christmas carolers. Time spent with good friends. Just a few of the reasons why we love living in this pretty little town of ours. : )
Happy weekend!! ~ Wendy