New Year

2015 is here. A new day, a fresh start, a breath of fresh air. I approach this year with both joy and sadness. Joy for new beginnings, sadness as it is a year in which my dad exists only in spirit, my heart, and my memories. Knowing him though, he would want me to find the joy, be happy, and go on as many adventures as possible, so that is the plan. Find the joy, find peace, and dance like a crazy person (already got that one down).

That said, their were some genuinely good moments during the holiday season this year, and I am thrilled that small moments of happiness are creeping back into life.

Forgive the sheer volume of photos of my newest nephew. I just can’t help myself.

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Ooooh Sparkles!

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In their Christmas Jammies! Love them.nephews

Grammies are happiest with their grand-babies in their arms.grammy nephew

We like to nap on Christmas.uncle and neice aunt and nephew

My mom adopted a sweet labradoodle from the humane society. She wanted to have a buddy around the house. Sweet Lucy was not what she expected to get. Not the right breed, the right size, with too long of fur. But dearie me, the more time I spend around this sweet dog, the convinced I become that she was meant to be my mom’s dear friend. She is quickly on her way to becoming the worlds most spoiled/loved dog.

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Seriously, how cute is this face?labradoodle

T was excited for Christmas 😉Christmas wrappingflowers new years

Here is to you 2015! I expect the back to the future hover board to be perfected by the end of the year. 🙂

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Holiday Glimpses

Tis the season…..

-For Amy Grant’s Home for Christmas to be played on repeat multiple times a day.

-To binge watch the Hallmark Channels bad Christmas movies (much to T’s dismay).

-To be a little kinder and hug a little harder.

-To have secrets tucked away in small nooks and crannies to avoid inquisitive eyes.

-For spending way too much time on the Martha Stewart website picking out the perfect holiday desserts.

-To find joy in the small things.

If ever there was a month to make my heart a little lighter, or a year when it is needed, it’s this December. I love selecting gifts and wrapping them up in neat little packages, decorating the Christmas tree, and working on Christmas crafts for friends. I crave nothing for myself, other than a few good hours around a fireplace or dining table with loved ones (and maybe some Beats by Dre).

Hints of the season.

Sorel Boots

The first dusting of snow, and the only reason I ever put on a pair of Sorel boots. Snuggly, but not a fashion statement, no matter what J. Crew says.

Honda Civic

Millie all loaded up with my Charlie brown tree. Totally said the “tree prayer” and sawed it down with own two hands.

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She’s a gem!

Vanilla ExtractMy treats I made for Friends for Christmas this year. Yum!

I hope your having a festive season.

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