Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

I hope you all had the most wonderful Christmas!
Our day was so relaxing and fun.
We went to church, opened presents, had a giant brunch, played with our toys, read new book, and rode snowmobiles on the back forty:). The kids went to bed in the new pajamas that my Mom made for them {it is a sweet tradition}.

Christmas is one of my favorite days of the year.

Two of our boys on our free snowmobiles....they are so perfect for the kids!!

Here are a few more pictures from Christmas 2010...

Jack giving Papa {my Dad} a Christmas hug.

Out tree came from our Christmas tree lot! So this was the first year to harvest one.
We decorated it in Dollar Store sliver frames with pictures of loved ones, manila tags with scripture written on them, and other simple silver ornaments.

Our front door welcomed everyone with this cinnamon pine cone swag. I just cut strips of burlap and hot glued them on. 

And now everything is tucked away safe in their places for next Christmas....
 I am ready for new beginnings..

I am so excited to start a fresh new year tomorrow!  
How about you? 
Are you feeling like you want to straighten, clean, organize, and get everything "just so" in preparation for the BEST year possible?

I have been streamlining our home and thinking about what is most important in my life.
What do I want my life to look like by next year?
How do I get there?

My New Year's Resolutions or Solutions include these areas of my life:



Children and Family Life

Making Memories


Health, Physical Exercise

Diabetes {I am type 1}

Home Keeping and Gardening



Down Time....because we all need it!!

So, I am making plans and hope to share with you some great tips about how to achieve our goals. 
For me, it all comes with organization that isn't too rigid or conforming.
I need a little wiggle room.
I am in total chaos without a plan, but I also need baby steps to get there and a good dose of diligence.
 That's the key...right?

Next week, I hope to share with you my Home Keeping Journal.
I have borrowed ideas from many sources and have come up with a great system that works wonderfully for me. 

Have a fabulous New Years Day!

Thank you to everyone who reads my little have been so inspirational and I enjoy visiting your beautiful sites. I feel so blessed by your sweet comments and friendships!



Keep Home Simple said...

LOVE all your holiday decor and I'm so with you on the want to organize and clean everything in anticipation of the new year. I've got to fine tune my new years resolutions as well and get some plans going...times ticking! Mostly I just want to do the best I can with what I've got and not forget to live in the moment. I don't want to keep saying to myself...oh I'll be happy when, etc., etc.
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Stef said...

Happy New Year, Julia. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog. It always makes me feel at ease to read your family happenings. See you next year!!

Jamie said...

What lovely Christmas decor! I especially love the tags with the Scriptures on it. Lovely, simple and meaningful, sounds like a winner to me!

I can't wait to read about your Home Keeping Journal. I'm about to have baby #5, so I'm looking for all the ways to simplify that I can.

Happy New Year!

Pamela said...

I've awarded you the Stylish Blogger award. Details are on my blog. I hope all my readers click to come visit you. Your blog is delightful and I've tucked the cinnamon pine cone idea away for next year.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing the Home Keeping Journal! YAY! I need ideas!
Also Demps saw the snowmobile pic and is BEGGING to come and ride with the cousins... SOON hopefully! I need to set a date...

Unknown said...

I absolutely love your blog. I can't pin point just one article because I have sat here for an hour reading several articles, however the Mason jar soap dispensers are what caught my attention. LOL Will definitely be coming back. I like that you not only blog about crafts, but also about life in general.

Sandra said...

i hope you get what you want in this year

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