New Year, New Starts?

Just when I’m starting to get used to write 2010 (I don’t write the date that often apparently) its going to become 2011. ¬†Maybe I should just start writing 2012 and I’ll settle on 2011 for the year… ūüôā

I find the change of the year to be a thing of new starts or fresh starts. ¬†Kind of like a reset button for life. ¬†But I really think that is somewhat a mental thing because nothing magical happens at midnight tonight. ¬†Its just a time and date that was settled on a few years back, or many years back as the case may be. ¬†It isn’t actually a reset button for life. ¬†The joys and hurts of today will remain tomorrow. ¬†I think its easier to look ahead when something is beginning rather than in the middle or end. ¬†Perhaps we tend to look backward more than forwards when something is drawing to a close.

I’m not one for resolutions but I think this year I want to try to keep my gaze forward. ¬†Looking to what has yet to be fulfilled in my life and the lives of those around me. ¬†Rather than looking behind and wishing or hoping that I had done better or differently. ¬†I want to strive to learn from my past and grow from it but live in the present and prepare (to the best of my ability) for the future.

Beautiful Girls

My Littles love Veggie Tales, I mean they really love Veggie Tales. ¬†If they could live in the produce aisle I think they would. ¬†As they were watching SweetPea Beauty the other day I heard this song from the other room and backed the video up to hear it again. ¬†As a mom to two little girls and a woman that has looked in the mirror and not liked what I’ve seen, this song really struck a chord. ¬†Our culture can be so shallow with regard to appearance and what is considered beautiful. ¬†True beauty is a deep, deep thing that is very hard to explain but stunning to see. ¬†You’ve seen it, the person that helps another just because they need a hand; the child that chooses not to tease; the volunteer at the hospital or nursing home; those acts of beauty that sneak up on us and sometimes we get to witness and see this true beauty.

Here are the lyrics for the song as well as a link to the video.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLaqNbQNo4w

BEAUTIFUL FOR ME Lyrics
Nichole Nordeman

Every girl young and old has to face her own reflection
Twirl around, stare it down
What’s the mirror gonna say
With some luck, you’ll measure up
But you might not hold a candle to the rest
‚ÄúIs that your best?‚ÄĚ says the mirror to the mess

But there’s a whisper in the noise
Can you hear a little voice
and he says

Has anybody told you you’re beautiful?
You might agree if you could see what I see
Oh
‚ÄėCuz everything about you is incredible
You should have seen me smile the day that I made you beautiful for me

If it’s true beauty lies in the eye of the beholder
What my life and what’s inside to give him something to behold
I want a heart that’s captivating
I wanna hear my Father say

Has anybody told you you’re beautiful?
You might agree if you could see what I see
Oh
‚ÄėCuz everything about you is incredible
You should have seen me smile the day that I made you beautiful for me

Close your eyes
Look inside
Let me see the you that you’ve been trying to hide
Long ago, I made you so very beautiful
So I ought to know you’re beautiful


Has anybody told you you’re beautiful?
You might agree if you could see what I see
Yeah
‚ÄėCuz everything about you is incredible
You should have seen me smile the day that I made you beautiful
You’re so beautiful
Beautiful for me
So beautiful for me
Has anybody told you?

In case no one has told you today, this month or year.  You are beautiful!  YOU are so very beautiful!

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  ~ Proverbs 31:30

Christmas Past

Can you believe that Christmas day has past already?? ¬†I am a believer in stretching the celebration out so I like to be Christmas-y for a while after (and of course before). ¬†We don’t typically celebrate the Epiphany but that is another good way to stretch the holiday.

Our Christmas was fantastic!  We got our Littles two Bitty Babies (1 each) from American Girl.  I am very impressed with the overall quality and the speed of delivery.  This was the gift I was most excited to give.  And boy, oh boy, were they well received!  Our eldest likes baby dolls and we had planned on giving her a Bitty this Christmas, but our youngest likes baby dolls even more and while she is a little on the young side (at least officially) we decided to do one for each.  It was definitely the right decision.  In only one had received a Bitty we would be in treaty negotiations for a long time.

Here are pictures of the Littles opening their babes.  Catch that joy!!

We could not get the box open quickly enough for her. Thankfully we didn't need a sawzall to open the box.

She really realy wanted me to see this fantastic gift! "Mommy, kiss baby! Kiss baby!"

Santa, shopping and garbage

What do Santa, shopping and garbage have to do with each other?  Nothing, really but they all happen to be on my mind now.

As of a few hours ago we are completely done with Christmas shopping. ¬†The Littles and I ventured into the mall for two reasons this morning. ¬†1) To visit Santa and 2) to pick up a few remaining items. ¬†The Littles loved waiting to see Santa almost as much as seeing him. ¬†They bopped around and played with the tree and the little toys they had in the line area. ¬†Then we walked into Santa’s “room” and the bopping slowed. ¬†They knew this was their big moment… or they just thought it was odd that this guys was wearing a fuzzy red suit and he was asking them what they wanted him to bring to their house. ¬†The looks in the picture pretty much say it all. ¬†No tears but there’s certainly some bewilderment. ¬†This was their first visit and, in my opinion, it went great. ¬†We didn’t make a big deal about it, Matt wasn’t actually there, the Littles had fun and we have some cute photographic documentation.

Now to the garbage. ¬†Why? ¬†Why do I always find things to throw away on garbage day? ¬†I should specify, after the truck comes by on garbage day. ¬†And these are not just some pieces of mail or some packaging. ¬†Why are there always things in my fridge that look fuzzy funky that I miss when I do the “garbage night sweep”? ¬†How exactly do I miss the funk that is right in front of my face when I do the sweep? ¬†Please tell that I am not alone in this. ¬†There must be fellow funk-missers in the world. ¬†Anyone?

Welcome to the tundra

Well, tundra might be an overstatement. ¬†But we had family visiting us this weekend from Dubai so when compared to Dubai I’m pretty sure that our 23-34*F felt like they were in the tundra.

While my cousins were here we visited, ate yummy food and went to Boston. ¬†We live about 1.5 hours out of the city and we had yet to take our Littles into Boston. ¬†Matt and I have gone into the city since having the Littles, mostly for Red Sox games. ¬†We both LOVE Boston, the history, the character, the sports teams, the culture, the museums, and so on. ¬†I can’t think of a reason not to visit with the girls but for some reason they have never been. ¬†Thankfully that has been¬†amended.

We went to the Boston Children’s Museum,¬†http://www.bostonkids.org/, all the littles had a fantastic time (my cousin has two of her own). ¬†Then we went to, wait for it… La Famiglia Giorgio, only the best Italian restaurant in the North End, ¬†http://www.lafamigliagiorgio.com/. ¬†Really, if you frequent (or in-frequent) the North End check this restaurant out, they’re great. ¬†We also walked through the New England Holocaust Memorial (breathtaking,¬†http://www.nehm.org/) and Faneuil Hall (quintessential Boston). ¬†We had a great time.

On their last night with us we had a big family supper.  That means, 8 adults and 7 kids (6 of which are under 4).  Again a great time was had by all.  Here are some pics of the festivities.

Fun in the bubble room

The shadow family and the butterflies

shadow family 2

Another shadow family and more butterflies

Walking around the North End

Kirsten & Martin at Boston's Christmas tree

The bouncing 3 year olds

More bouncing and giggles

All the Littles in one frame!!

Present wrapping

I’m toying (no pun intended) with the idea of just not wrapping presents this year. Not too seriously (but its not Christmas Eve yet) but I am a perpetual procrastinator and I have yet to wrap the presents. I’m torn since I love preparing the presents for delivery and caring for them (and in my mind showing care to the receiver) but I also know that it just gets tossed. Thoughts?

Mahwage. Mahwage is wot bwings us togeder tooday…

I happened upon this article while I was waiting at our local garage to have my car looked at recently. ¬†I find two things to be… interesting… about this scenerio. ¬†1) My garage has a subscription to ELLE magazine. ¬†Don’t get me wrong I’ve seen Good¬†Housekeeping, BH&G, Martha, O, Vogue, etc. at garages before. ¬†I’m just pretty sure that I’ve never seen a copy of ELLE before. ¬†2) ¬†This article was found in ELLE. ¬†Again, I go with the assumptions, but I was surprised to find this thoughtful article on marriage.

http://www.elle.com/Life-Love/Sex-Relationships/Till-Whatever-Do-Us-Part

As one who believes in the permanence of marriage despite our flaws I found this article to be insightful and with some great points.  Both on our society and on some of the challenges that face every marriage.  This is worth a read, so take a look and let me know what you think.

“Mahwage. ¬†That bwessed awwangment. ¬†That dweam wifin a dweam.” ¬†~The Impressive Clergyman