Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a delightful holiday season full of food and loved ones (or peace and quiet, if you’re into that kind of thing!). We managed to stay up until midnight watching football and a movie, then couldn’t find anything on TV with a ball dropping or fireworks that showed on Central Time! So we celebrated without them, and went to bed much later than normal.

Been paying for it ever since. I doubt I’m the first parent to say it, but I’m too old for this stuff anymore.

This guy
This kiddo is not forgiving when it comes to sleep!

And now, as promised, some Christmas photos from the new camera! It’s definitely an adjustment from taking phone pics, but I think it’s a step in a good direction.

Somebody (the one with the camera just around the corner!) coerced us all into singing on Christmas Eve.
Somebody (the one with the camera just around the corner!) coerced us all into singing on Christmas Eve.

John captured Nolan’s thoughts about the caroling pretty perfectly, I think. We had to adjourn for some trampoline action shortly thereafter.

The pants just never last long.
The pants just never last long.

You can see the obvious relief on his face.

Handsomest dog I know.
Handsomest dog I know.

Christmas morning was the usual mêlée, with presents and food and coffee and family and friends and pups. Many, many pups. (Greta was sorely missed, but we’re pretty sure she enjoyed her week at the doggy spa/kennel). 

Uncle Derek tried to show him some basics, but Nolan schooled him up real quick.
Uncle Derek tried to show him some basics, but Nolan schooled him up real quick.

Much fun was had by all.

Dane and Jess
That’s not a plate for food, by the way. Jess kicked it old school, using it as a fan. How southern is that?

(Maybe too much fun.)

Technically a Christmas Eve gift from Grandma V.
Technically a Christmas Eve gift from Grandma V.

Like I said, his Mega Bloks won toy of the year. He got to open this one a little early, so Santa could finish delivering Christmas!

So focused.
So focused.

We got up early to attend Christmas mass, only to find we’d gotten the service time wrong. So Mom and Little Bear came home to play while Dad paid our collective respects Christmas day.

I'm a big ole bear!
I’m a big ole bear! (And back in his Christmas PJ’s, you’ll note. Dress clothes just do not last long on a boy this busy.)

Nolan and his dad got to spend some guy time together while mom ran around taking pictures of everybody.

Not a hardship, I see.
Not a hardship, I suspect.

And now, on to the new year! Did you make New Year’s resolutions? I always do. John kind of just patiently nods at me until the fervor passes, but I think it’s a tradition worth observing. There’s always something we can improve about our lives. If you don’t try to set some kind of goal for the future how are you ever supposed to get better? I may tend to err on the side of optimism, but I believe it really makes a difference.

Personally, I aim for a list of five – three small, easily attainable goals and two big, fat, ambitious ones. This year they include (but are not limited to) unpacking our luggage from Christmas before January 31st and paying off our mortgage by December 31st. (Like I said… a mix.)

What about you? What are your goals for 2015?

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Great pictures. Looks like everyone had a great time including the little guy. Glad you got a new camera, those smiles are hard to catch sometimes. John sounds like Larry on New Years resolutions. None is better, then you don’t have to worry if you achieved it or not. My resolution is not to make any resolutions? Thanks for the update. Tell John to call anytime.

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    1. Thanks Mona! Hope you guys had a very merry Christmas. John asked me to pass it on that his phone still isn’t able to make or receive calls. If it still hasn’t been fixed by the 11th, it’ll be an entire month with that issue. He’ll likely be getting a new phone at that point!

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