Happy New Year 2018!!

Hello and Happy New Year!  On the second day of 2018, I am amazed that we are in a new year. Last year seems like only yesterday, or two days actually.  LOL.  They say that time flies when you are having fun. The end of 2017 sure did.

We had fun time with friends and family over the holidays.  So many generous gifts, great food, lots of laughter, and fun conversations.  It was a blessing to have this time with loved ones as well as some much-needed down time.

The older I get, the more I need time to rest, to process what is happening in my day, and have time to just relax. Now that I am in a new decade, I suppose that is to be expected, right? LOL!  Last night, I fell asleep on the couch watching TV.  The night before staying up until 12:30 a.m. was too much and I was more tired than I realized.  Can’t do that anymore like I used to. Oh well, it was still worth it to see Ian’s excitement at the start of a new year and to celebrate with Kirk and Ian.

This year I am going to try to write more regularly. I cannot believe that I only did two postings in December. The month was super busy so I didn’t get to it.  I do, however, love to write and want to do better. I have some topics in mind that will help and appreciate your input on any ideas. We’ll see how my plan to write more goes.

I am also going to work on daily exercise. Even if it is for 30 minutes, I want to do something and then build it up to more time. I want to feel good and not be sore and uncomfortable. I also want to stretch and try some yoga poses. A friend of mine is having great success with that. She is an inspiration.

This new year we will be welcoming new loved ones into the family with babies and weddings. I am excited about the new lives and the engagements over the holidays.  What blessings and fun times to celebrate.  It is exciting to think that at next Christmas, we will be celebrating baby’s first everything, even though they were there this year.

Today on this last day of winter break, I am thankful for:

  • A new griddle for making delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and pancakes
  • Ian having the chance to play with several friends
  • A full day of fun with dear friends
  • Time with my parents, siblings, our spouses, and all of the kids and Kirk’s side as well
  • Early dinners out with my guys
  • Watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Kirk and Ian — great movie
  • Sleeping in when we can
  • Messy hair and days in our pajamas
  • Prayers before meals with loved ones
  • Returning to our routine
  • Reading a new book
  • Listening to a new CD
  • The gift of photos
  • Hats, gloves, and scarves on a cold day
  • The beauty of a cold and sunny day
  • Heaters than work and hot coffee, tea, or chocolate
  • Time with family to chat, laugh, eat, and enjoy being together
  • Hugs at bedtime
  • Saying I love you and hearing it back
  • Family traditions
  • Church music
  • Our church family
  • Our school family
  • Our neighborhood family
  • Our friends who are family
  • Our immediate and extended family

We have had a wonderful Christmas holiday and hope that you have as well.  We wish you a very Happy New Year as you return to your normal routine.

Hello January!

Playground.2Hello and welcome to January.  I cannot believe that we are now 18 days into the new year.  My that time has flown. Hope you are having a great week.  Mine has been pretty good but our unseasonably warm weather is wreaking havoc on my allergies and sinuses.

I have missed writing and hope to be back to it soon on a more regular basis.  The holidays were a whirlwind and I enjoyed down time and family time.  Now that school is back in session, we are busy again.  We are back to the routine of busy mornings, homework, and all of the rest.

I haven’t been inspired this week to write and that is frustrating.  I have many things and people on my mind and am stressed.  Sadly when I get stressed, my body and my stomach are affected.  So, I am trying to do things to help with my stress — watching what I eat today, relax and do some fun things, take a walk later today, do some coloring and a word find, and perhaps I will start meditation.  That would certainly help.

Life is pretty good but every once in a while I think about loved ones who have passed away, loved ones who are now suffering with loss, pain or health issues, loss of jobs, loss of homes and community, and so much more.  I am having one of those days today.  I will do my best, may have a cry, listen to some music, and try to focus on all of the positives.  And, I may go to bed early and hope for a better day tomorrow.

I have a book entitled, The Daily Writer.  Today’s writing is on The Art of Concentration. How is that for irony?  Concentrating on writing has been a challenge in recent weeks as I have mentioned. I hope to be able to concentrate again soon and find new topics that inspire me. I certainly didn’t mean to start on such a downer for my first writing of this new year.  But, it always helps me work through it when I write about it and what I am thinking.

Here are a few quotes about and from the amazing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life we celebrated on Monday.  He is an inspiration in how he lived his life, fighting for what he believed in, his speeches and his writings.

  • “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~ “Robert F. Kennedy
  • The time is always right to do what is right.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.”  ~ Franklin Thomas
  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~ Anne Frank
  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”  ~ William James
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

May we remember it is okay to have some down days.  May we live each day with kindness, empathy and peace.  May we learn from others different than ourselves and respect each other.  May we fight for what we believe without harm to others.  And, may we remember to always, always love.

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!

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