Sunday, December 31, 2006

It's Sunday, wow, last day of the year!!!

Good morning everyone, I'm actually trying to get back into my normal schedule and that includes blogging every day, something I've missed dearly. I know I know, and thank you for all the emails inquiring as to where I am and why there's no updated news on the blog.

I promise to do better, as a matter of fact, starting tomorrow, I can say that I'll be back to blogging every morning, so don't forget to pop on in and have a Hot cup of coffee with me :)

Now before I get into my usu
al blabbing, I need you to run, don't walk, RUN over to my dear friend Jaymi's blog........go see what she has to share with us all. I'm SO SO happy for her right now, I know it's something she's been wanting for a while :)

Ok so I realize I didn't even share any christmas pictures with my family, ughhh...I'm a bad bad blogger and family member sometimes, well friend
too. I can't remember the last time I actually called my friend Veronica. Veronica if you're reading this, I'm SO SORRY, I haven't forgotten you.

If you want to see some pictures of the kids, just go HERE.



Isn't it funny how things change as you get older??? I remember being young and really looking forward to New Years Eve, I anticipated it and couldn't wait to go out with the family or friends, celebrate ringing in the new year in style. Yeah, that was until I got married and had kids, then I realized that I wasn't all that thrilled about driving somewhere on that night, with all the weirdos and drunk people out there, it really is much safer to stay home.

And then as the years went by, not only did we stop going out, but we've pretty much stopped celebrating the New Year, there's actually been a few times that I remember going to bed and waking up to January 1st.....wow, how pathetic is that I thought....well really not that pathetic. I'm not one for confusion and mass crowds, too many people bother me, guess maybe that is when my claustrophobia kicks in LOL

So today is no different than any other day, I'll be doing laundry and housework, cleaning carpets, putting away ch
ristmas decorations and all that other fun stuff. We'll act like it's any other day, we'll eat dinner and afterwards stay up a little with the kids, but then I'll do what I do every year, slip into bed and wake up to a WHOLE new year ahead of me.

You know what though, I'm one of those people that find it a bittersweet thing. I mean I look forward to a new beginning, but I also dread what may be coming up. Have you ever just sat there at the end of a year and thought back on everything that's happened??? Then you realize "wow, if only I had known THAT was going to happen"....guess I'm a bit of a worry wart, which is really ridiculous, since I've learnt over the years that there is no sen
se in worrying about things that are out of our control.

See this is where my faith in God comes in. That all tiring battle on my part, because I'm stubborn and no matter how many times he tells me to just let it go and leave it in his hands, I'm always trying to do it myself....I put something in his control only to quickly snatch it back after a few minutes because I
feel like he's not going fast enough for me, or I can do it better. What a joke!!! LOL
I think the Lord has a sense of humor, I mean, how could he not when dealing with the likes of me LOL

But one thing I've learnt, the hard way at times, is that EVERYTHING that has happened to me has been a blessing, and yes I am referring even to those Blessings in Disguise. You know the ones right???
When they happen it irks you to no end, you quickly do the double take "WHAT??? WHY ME?".....and then you remember that good things always come from even those bleak situations, but you're still not quite sure how
something that seems so awful at the time, can mean good in any way.

Until a few weeks or months later, sometimes even a year, then you remember it again and realize that if it weren't for THAT specific moment in time, things wouldn't have worked out so great. Yeah, it's quite a revelation!!!
I've had that happen to me many times, but you know what??? When something else happens I STILL do it again, it's like a vicious cycle
for me.....one I hope to break someday.

Anyway, the moral of the story??? STAY HOME ON NEW YEARS EVE!!! Bwhahahaha

Just so you know, I'm heading your way, YES, I'm actually coming by to say hi, isn't that a shocker???

Before I do though, I want to wi
sh you all a VERY VERY Happy New Year. May this new year bring you all peace, love and health in abundance, I truly hope you all get everything you ever wished for.

I leave you with a non alcoholic recipe for New Year's Eve Punch, enjoy :)



Serves 12-14

Ingredients:

3 1/2 liters ginger ale
2 quarts orange juice
2 oranges, sliced into rounds
20 maraschino cherries

Directions:

  1. In a large punch bowl mix ginger ale and orange juice.
  2. Place sliced oranges on top of punch and arrange the cherries on top of the orange slices.


17 comments:

Michelle said...

Hello Sandra.. I"m so glad to see you back here in bloggy land!!!It's been an awesome year. I'm always so happy to read your blogs.Happy New Year!!!
Thanks again for the card!!
Michellesfoodpage.

Sarah said...

Oh I so understand:
a) the horrid idea of going out and trying to enjoy New Year in the crowds of revellers who will probably be waaaay too close for comfort (it's not going to happen)
b) the struggle with letting go and letting God. I try to take the reins off Him far too often and end up flat on my face, lol.
c) God must have a sense of humour, he's had to listen to my ramblings for 33 years, lol, oh and patience too. Good job He loves us eh?

Hugs to you Sandra and your family. Love and best wishes this New Year :)

Barb said...

It's so nice to have you back, Sandra. But I think everyone understands why you were MIA for a little while. :-)

Jaymi sounds pretty darned excited. I don't blame her.

I couldn't agree more - stay home on New Year's Eve. Much, much safer.

Happy New Year to you and your sweet family. Your friendship is going to make 2007 a better one for me and all of us who've met you.

Beck said...

Happy New Year, Sandra! I'm totally with you on staying home -we're going to make a cake with the kids and watch a bunch of movies.

ihmyours said...

Sandra, so happy you are back! Loved the Abba video...perfect for the occasion! :)

Loved the pictures of you kids, such cute happy expressions of joy!

Thanks for the punch recipe, yummy! With it being our daughter's birthday we often had sleepover parties and the parents just loved us! Happy New Year!

Looney Mom said...

Hey there girl! I missed you too. I'm glad you're back and you got to spend some good quality time with your family.

I'm with you on the New Year's celebrating. We just go to bed and wake up to the new year. Yippee! Old fogies! LOL!

Anyway, Have a great New Year!

sherry said...

I'm super happy that you will be blogging every morning! I am going to have the same goal of blogging each day. I almost do now, but sometimes things get all crazy and wonky you know.

I have stayed home on New Years all but maybe 4 in my lifetime! I went to one big blow out, I went to a couple small parties, and spent NY's in Disney World one year as a teenager. Tonight I might be praying in the New Year at a church party :) If not, I will be watching t.v. or reading at midnight!

Many blessings in the New Year!

Sherry

Beckyb said...

Hey Sandra - LOVE ABBA!!! That was a fun treat to come and find!! Happy New Year to you as well. So glad you have you back blogging!

Air Force Family said...

Sandra!! I'm so glad you are back in blogville!!! I've missed reading your posts everyday.
The kids look very happy with their gifts!
I'll be back tomorrow. I'm going to try to get myself on a regular blogging schedule of everyday. We'll see how it goes. lol

Hugs

Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

Welcome Back! I'm totally with you on the hiatus thing.. was nice but I'm back now and happy about it :)

Happy New Years to You and Your Beautiful Family!

Hugs

Julie

Toni Anderson said...

Happy New Year for tonight!

Morning Glory said...

It's so nice to know you'll be here regularly again. You've been missed.

Have a very happy new year!! We're staying in tonight too and getting together with family to watch the "BIG football game" on Monday.

Michelle said...

happy new year to you guys! I'm glad we "met" this year :) Looking forward to seeing what 2007 brings!

momrn2 said...

I have tried for "forever" to leave comments... and it never let's me. I'm going for it again!

I have been stopping and noticed you were more absent than usual. I had no way to contact you though! (Do you have an e-mail address posted here somewhere?)

Anyway, good to hear all is well and that you are getting back into the swing of things.

Now, to push the "publish" button and see if after months of not working...this will work again!!

Happy New Year!

momrn2 said...

Oh My Goodness!!! Glory Be!! Wonders never cease!!!! My comment went through!!! It is working again!!!!

WHOOO HOOOO!!!

Susanne said...

Hi Sandra!

Oh I know how you feel about New Years, but I thought it was just us getting old! My kids are terribly disappointed that we are not going anywhere, but this year we just don't want to. It seems it's the same old story with everyone we talked to today!

The pics of your kids are great. Looks like they had a great Christmas!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Christina said...

Yes I like Abba so I really like the song you have on here.

I definitely agree with you about New Year's Eve. I don't go out and yes sometimes I go to sleep before midnight and wake up in the next year. I know I am just as pathetic, but a mom really needs her sleep more than she needs to ring in the new year.

The recipe for the non alcoholic punch looks yummy. I'll have to try it.

Happy New Year and I'm glad you are back to blogging.