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Happy New Year!!

January 2, 2012

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I can’t believe that we have ushered in 2012 already! Where did the last year go?? I know…it was carrying a baby, nursing and caring for an infant, and now keeping up with a crawling 6 month old! Not to mention, all the great comings and goings of the big kids, homeschooling and tutoring also!

The last day of 2011 and we created a disaster in the house. Christmas money was the perfect opportunity to reorganize. (BTW…my husband’s head starts to spin when I start envisioning projects of this nature.) The flat screen TV needed a new home and the kids school things had overtaken the corner desk area. Just Dance Kids II meant the necessity for more floor space, and of course a crawling babe required we “open” things up a bit. Hence, the need for more compact furniture and better organization…where do you go for that? IKEA of course.

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Look at that girls’ eyes! She also had her first french fry today. I think she’s teething. At any rate, she can suck the heck out of a fry much to her dad’s demise.

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IKEA also meant the perfect opportunity for Michael to sit and play his DS. It seems everywhere we go, he finds someone else playing that darn Nintendo. We have not allowed it while eating or in any social setting. However, we did (after dinner was over and I was feeding Clare) agree to let him go sit with a boy playing his DS. Poor Mikey. He got his out and was sitting down as the boy got up to leave. Oh well! After making our purchases, we zoomed home to put it all together. I love my DIY husband and the ease of IKEA furniture!

All things were organized and at least somewhat presentable by 8 p.m….the perfect time for neighbors to visit in their pajamas!

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In 2012, we definitely need to do more of these “the house is not in perfect order/menu unplanned/impromptu” encounters with friends! We had a great evening and EVERYONE managed to stay up until midnight even despite our protests that everyone was going to bed. We passed the time by playing Wii Pictionary and watching Santa Clause 2.

The evening also included appetizers and this most amazing Deep-Dish Cookie Pie. Oh my! They were crazy good! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and let it melt just a bit over the warm cookie. I can’t wait for the next time to serve these decadent warm chocolate chip cookies. Boy were they delicious!

Here’s to a great 2012!! I hope to spend more time with family and friends, be more intentional in all we do, and add a great deal more exercise to our days. Happy New Year to you!!

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The weather was so fantastic this weekend! I can’t believe that it is getting cold…in fact, freezing cold!

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New Years Day is the best occasion to stay up late again, eat a lot of food, play more games, and be with friends! Yep. There was a lot of all of that this year also!!

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Just Dance (any version) has become a favorite for sure! Both kids have some serious MOVES. How fun to watch them side-by-side with the highschoolers!

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She’s getting so big! She’s had a great time putting on her eye makeup (almost) everyday since Christmas. I think it is definitely her most used gift. She’s even doing makeovers on all of us.

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Happy New Year! Wishing you lots of blessings in 2012!!!

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