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happy new year…to you and yours

happy new year photoI am ready to kiss 2013 goodbye! It was the most difficult year of my life and hopefully our family can look forward to not having a year like that ever again {or at least anytime soon}. I’m thankful for the ups {and some of the downs} but I’m looking forward to a clean slate! And I love change…I crave it.

Last year my word for the year that I chose to concentrate on was: FOCUS. I am a very spontaneous, “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of girl. It is hard for me to carry out any task without starting a new one and I often don’t even finish what I start. I’m scatter-brained and messy and unorganized and I just needed to find a way to focus. I don’t think I grew in leaps and bounds in this area but I did grow. Baby steps. Beyond needing to focus to get though my day-to-day tasks I wanted focus on the things in life that really matter. As we tried to get through a year of grief {after losing my Dad}, some personal issues my brother went through and a ton of physical illness among the kids and myself {including two rounds of lice in our home in a few months} I just had to let a lot go. So what if Paige wore red leggings with a peach colored top and her hair wasn’t combed for school. So what if the kids watched way more TV than I would like and missed a few social events and ate popcorn & yogurt for dinner…I just survived. I focused on living in the moment, giving extra hugs, loving on the kids on days that were sad and hard and tried to spend time thanking the Lord for what we had been given and not what had been taken away.

Choosing one word for the year {instead of setting a bunch of resolutions} is my kind of challenge and a much more realistic goal for my personality. This year I am choosing the word: SIMPLIFY

I have many thoughts on what that is going to look like but I haven’t fully formulated them yet. I’m still stewing and praying over how I want that to play out. Do you do resolutions? Set goals? Like change? If so I hope you can find a word to lean on this year. To make some baby-step changes towards becoming the person you were put on earth to be. To live for things worth living for.

Happy New Year and may God richly bless your life in big and small ways in 2014. Thank you for stopping by my little space and reading about my life and my heart and the little creative ways I try to carve out beauty everyday. Cheers!

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HOLIDAY randomness {tea parties, birthdays, kids & new year fun}

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Christmas, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Tremper Fam, Birthday Fun, a Hot Chocolate Tea Party & a little New Year’s dinner!
 
Here are some pics of Paige making cookies with Daddy!  They made them for Auntie Mishawn’s birthday request…Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
 (try saying that 3 times fast)!
Don’t you love her apron (another great gift from Auntie Shannon)?
I made this crown with a $1 store paper crown that had a little girl princess design on it.  First I painted it and then while it was wet I covered it in glitter!  I added the flowers with rhinestone brads & the numbers are just a print out from our computer that I cut out with special scalloped scissors. This project is easy and quick and special!
To make the cookie sandwiches we used the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe {it is the BEST}…find it HERE! To make the sandwiches be sure to let the cookies cool to room temperature and then just add good vanilla ice cream (like Bryers) & chill!
 
We love Auntie Mishawn!
Annual Christmas Time with the Trempers! Wooohooo! We had so much fun (although getting a good picture was impossible)!
I even had time to squeeze in a little tea party for the girls…complete with PB&J sandwiches in Christmas shapes, Candy Cane Scones and Candy Cane Hot Chocolate! Yum! You could easily do this for Valentine’s Day with heart cookie cutters instead!  I told the girls to make sure they put their pinkies up…so cute!
I basically just put a bunch of red things that I had in the cupboards on their plates!
New Year’s Day “Fancy Dinner” with just the four of us!  Paige got all into it and helped me set the table…we talked about our “high’s & low’s” of 2010 and it was a great night!
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