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!!!

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