The Blessing of Beginnings and Endings

cropped-champagne-glasses.jpgHappy almost New Year! In some parts of the world, it is already 2017.  We have hours left where we live.  Tonight will be a low-key night at home with good food and some time to relax and celebrate.  We will ring in the new year before midnight since school will be starting back soon.

One year will be ending and another beginning.  2016 was a good one since I had a high school reunion, caught up with several friends, served half the year as PTO president and look forward to the second half, spent lots of time with family, took many pictures, celebrated 18 years of marriage, celebrated Ian’s 9th birthday, remembered some loved ones that we lost and were sad to say goodbye to, sang and danced, and so much more.

I look forward to 2017 and what is in store.  I hope that all of the upcoming changes will be good.  And, I hope that we can begin to be kind to each other again and find ways to work together.  I also hope for peace, kindness, health, love, and blessings for my loved ones.

During our winter holiday break, we watched Rudolph and the Red Nosed Reindeer and the lesser known Rudolph and the Shiny New Year.  Ian enjoyed both movies very much.  Each were fun.  And each had some good messages about being kind and loving to others.  And the value of friendship and support.

Here are a few New Year quotes:

  • Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • Hope and faith flower from the cheerful seeds of the old year to the sprouting garden of the new year’s dawn. ~ Terri Guillemets
  • A Happy New Year! There is a glow of cheer and optimism in the very words “New Year.” The old year, with its anxieties and worries, is over. It too brought happy days and sunshine, and in memory we must cherish the bright places. ~ May Louise Crane
  • A new year is simply the turn of a calendar page — and a beautiful chance for us to turn over a new leaf. ~ Terri Guillemets
  • May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions. ~ Arnold Glasow
  • We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
  • Lord, as the New Year dawns today,
    Help me to put my faults away.
    Let me be big in little things;
    Grant me the joy which friendship brings;
    Keep me from selfishness and spite,
    Let me be wise to what is right.
    A Happy New Year! grant that I
    May cause no tear to any eye.
    When this new year in time shall end,
    Let it be said: “I’ve played the friend,
    Have lived and loved and labored here
    And made of it a happy year.”
    ~Edgar Guest (1881–1959), “Prayer for the New Year”

Happy New Year!

cropped-champagne-glasses.jpg10.9.8.7.6.5.4.3.2.1… Happy New Year!  It is now 2016 and we are already into the 2nd day of the new year.

Wow, last year sure went by quickly.  It seemed like we just started 2015 and now it’s a whole new year – 2016.  Time seems to move more quickly the older I get.  Some days seem long and tough but the months seem to fly by.

For the first time this year, our son stayed up until midnight.  He was determined to do so and was happy that he did.  On January 1st, however, he was quite tired.  Doing something for the first time is fun but does have consequences sometimes.

On New Year’s Day we enjoyed watching the Tournament of Roses Parade.  I love watching this parade each year.  The colors of the floats are lovely and the marching bands are quite talented.  Then there are so many horses who cantor and prance along the route.

We know someone this year who helped on one of the floats.  It was fun to see her handiwork.  Then we have a family friend who was in the parade.  We looked for him but didn’t see him.  Still knowing people directly involved made it even more special.

That morning we happened upon a New Years’s parade from London, England.  It was quite different but just as fun.  Many people gathered for that one just as they do in Pasadena, California.

A few quotes about the New Year:

  • A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~ Author Unknown
  • Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you are forced to. ~ Bill Vaughn
  • Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. ~ Michael Josephson
  • We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
  • Each New Year’s Day is like starting a treasure hunt again from scratch, with a slightly altered map. ~ Terri Guillemets
  • May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions. ~ Joey Adams
  • Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • Tomorrow (January 1st) is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Make it a good one. ~Brad Paisley

May we indeed make the most of each day!  May we be kind to one another.  May we live life to the fullest.  May we love and forgive.  Hope you have a wonderful, safe, healthy, and prosperous new year!  Happy New Year!!!

The Blessing of a New Year!

champagne.glassesHappy New Year to you and yours!  It is a blessing for a new year to begin. Cheers to you!

Last night, Ian stayed up until nearly 11 p.m.  He wanted to stay up all night.  He almost made it, but not quite.  When the ball dropped in Times Square, we couldn’t wake him up.  He was carried up to bed and didn’t stir until the morning.

When he woke up at 8 a.m. this morning, he asked me, “Why didn’t you wake me up Mom?”  I told him, “We tried Ian, but you just didn’t want to wake up.”  “Okay.”

My parents came over last night and the five of us had a really nice time together.  It was fun to stay in, watch TV, talk, eat a few yummy treats, and enjoy the end of the year together.  We laughed and had fun.  Ian really enjoyed himself, as we all did.

I was awake until 1 a.m. so needless to say, I am tired today and have a headache.  So, a lazy day has been in order for today and it has been perfect.  The tradition of watching the Tournament of Roses Parade in pajamas lives on!

It is amazing that it now is the year 2015.  The days between Christmas Eve and today flew by.  We enjoyed most of them, but were also sick a few days so that kind of put a damper on things.  And, very soon, school will start again as well as the normal work schedule.

Routine is great, don’t get me wrong.  But, so is all of this time together to talk, watch sports and movies and old shows on television, play games, and have no set schedule.  I enjoy the simple and little things and have loved all of this time during Ian’s Christmas break.  He has truly enjoyed all things about this holiday season and it has been wonderful.

I am thankful for the beginning of a new year and the ending of one that was mostly good.  We lost a few loved ones, but new family members were also born.  So, life has truly gone on and will continue to do so.

Brad Paisley has a great quote that I feel is just right for today,  I saw it on New Year’s Eve. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one.”  I plan to make the most of each day this year.

I plan to live, love, laugh, and learn, among many other things. How about you? I also want time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak and to continue to live in each moment. Children are great for that!

I wonder if I will remember to do all of those things as much as possible?  I sure plan to do my best!!  Hope you will too! Have a very Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2014!

champagne.glassesHi and Happy 1st day of 2014!  It is still hard for me to believe that it is January 1, 2014.

How has your day been?  Mine has been lazy and spent with my two favorite guys — my hubby and son. We haven’t done much at all today and that has been exactly what I wanted for today.

As I posted earlier on Facebook, it has been true bliss.  And, for that I am truly thankful!

We did watch the entire Rose Parade live from Pasadena, California, commercial free on HGTV.   I have loved this 125-year old parade for years.  It is the one parade that continues to keep many marching bands and include amazing floats.  Once again it was fun and done very well.

As we were watching this, I made our lunch — mac ‘n cheese, green beans, and sloppy joes made with ground chicken.  It was yummy and filling food.

After that ended, we watched an episode of The Pioneer Woman.  She is one of our favorite chefs on television.  I like how down to earth she is and easy her recipes.  I don’t feel intimidated to try them like with some others.

Then there was an old episode of Starsky and Hutch that my hubby and I watched.  It was from 1975.  It was fun to see the old telephones, typewriters, and cars.  We like to watch these old shows on occasion.

Along with the TV watching has been looking at library books and computer time for me, playing with his new toys for Ian, and various projects, computer time, and fun for Kirk. All in all we are enjoying our super lazy day while still in our pjs.  Not many days like that of the year so we enjoy them while we can.  The fact that we all are well today is a blessing and the cherry on the sundae.

When I decided to write a blog today, I was at first thinking of being philosophical but then thought it would be fun to share about our low-key fun day at home.  Sometimes in life just enjoying the moment is the best thing to do.  You know what I mean?

Tonight we will have leftovers for dinner.  I recently made a homemade chicken pot pie that we still have some of.  That with salad will be great! Beyond that, I don’t know what our evening will bring but I do look forward to more time of taking it easy.

A friend of mine on Facebook said that instead of resolutions she asked that we pick one word to be at the forefront and define 2014.  Her choice was prayer, which is a great one.  Mine was possibilities.  I love all that the coming year has in store for us.  Don’t you?

Here is a quote that sums up today and this year very well.  It is from Brad Paisley.  “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”  This inspires me in a lot of ways — both just personally and as a writer.

I hope to do exactly what he is saying and make memories and writings each day!

End of 2013 / Happy New Year!

party.hatsCan you believe that today is the last day of 2013?  Neither can I!

This year has flown by for us.  It has been a good one with many changes – both good and bad.  Now is the time to look back on the year that was and think ahead to the coming year.

For the first time in many years, my family didn’t have a vacation this year.  I hope that we can change that and enjoy the rest of our break for Ian from school.  Perhaps we can do a few things around town and have fun!

We lost a few people who are close to us this year and that has been really hard.  Several friends and family members are having health issues and I am praying for them to get better very soon.  I hope also that we will have a wonderful and healthy coming year!  Hope you will as well!

Also, this year I began working with the PTO at Ian’s school.  I am serving as the secretary.  It has been a great way to meet people and get involved.  I have made some new friends as well.  So this has been a fun use of my time.

This week, I read in a magazine some fun items for the end of 2013.  Here they are with my answers:

**Plans at Midnight:  I hope to be awake long enough to kiss my husband and say Happy New Year!  We usually watch the ball drop in Times Square with a sleeping boy in his room and us fighting to stay awake.  Nights out partying into the new year are a thing of the past.

**Celebratory Drink: White Zinfandel in a glass with ice.  This is my favorite way to give a toast!  To 2013, cheers.  To 2014, may it be a good one!

**Hangover Cure:  Don’t drink enough to need this.

**One Word To Describe 2013: Changes.  With Ian starting school and so much else going on, it truly has been a year of transition for us.  It was hard at first but knowing how much he loves school and learning has made it so much easier.

**Dream Travel for 2014: I hope my family can go to the beach for vacation and see my cousin in South Carolina (perhaps the same trip or two trips).  We’ll see what we can do.

Tonight our church has a service that we plan to attend.  We will celebrate communion, which is a cool way to usher out the old year, I think.  And, then we’ll eat with my parents and get home before it gets too late.

Then Wednesday late morning, I plan to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade in its entirety.  This, in my opinion, is by far the best parade of the year.  Ian is looking forward to it as well.  A lazy day will be wonderful!!!  Whatever you do to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, may you be safe and careful!

Here are the words of Auld Lang Syne, which I am sure we will hear at some point tonight.  What do you think of the words?  I think it’s important to remember old acquaintances and be thankful for them.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Here are a few quotes about New Year’s:

  • “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”– Brad Paisley
  • “We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” — Edith Lovejoy Pierce
  • “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” — Joey Adams

Happy New Year!

Happy.New.Year.2013Today is the first day of 2013.  Can you believe that?  I know I sure can’t.

The year 2012 flew by and was full of many good things and some bad as well.  I am hopeful for a better year this year.

Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions this year?  This is the start of a new year and a new slate so we can resolve to make some changes.

Or we can just plan to make them and not be done with them after a few months as often happens with resolutions.

Here are a few things that I want to do in 2013:

  • Have more time with my friends and family
  • Write regularly and make time for writing a story or book
  • Practice the piano more often
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes each day
  • Eat less and eat better food
  • Read my Bible each day
  • Prepare myself for Ian starting kindergarten
  • Have regular dates with my husband
  • Read more and watch less television
  • Finally lose the baby weight!!!

These are the first things that I could think of.  Perhaps there are more but I think this is enough for now.

I hope that you too can do whatever you set your mind to as this new year begins!  Enjoy!!

A few quotes about the new year:

  • “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”  ~ Charles Lamb
  • “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”  ~ Hal Borland
  • “Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. ” ~ Author Unknown
  • “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Every man should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with a fresh page.  Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.”  ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • “New Year’s Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”  ~ Mark Twain