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January 2, 2014

New Year Ramblings

I spent yesterday lounging around with the kids.  I think I was still in my pajamas until about 3:00 p.m, which is unheard of for me!  It was so nice to be lazy and watch HGTV all day.  And that is no exaggeration!  I snuggled in my bed with the kids to catch some of the Rose Parade and returned later to catch the new shows like Caribbean Life (my new favorite) and Island Hunters.  Island Hunters just blew my mind thinking that there are people out there who can actually afford to buy an island!  Oh to dream...  And speaking of dreaming, did you catch the HGTV Dream Home?  Yes, it was an exciting day of television for me!

Usually on New Year's Day, we take down the Christmas tree.  
I didn't even remove one ornament yesterday.  

Oh, but today is a different story!  
I have already dismantled the garland and lights from the stairs, 

cleared off the mantle 

and started piling all of the decorations from the house into the dining room.
Later I will haul in those storage bins and start packing it all away!

Today is bittersweet for me.  I love the idea of starting a new year and getting all fresh and organized but moving on from another Christmas makes me kind of sad.  The kids went back to school today so the house is quiet - and cleaner already I must add!  It's just a reminder that time moves so fast.

And to once again quote from one of my favorite movies:

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it."  - Ferris Bueller

So true, Ferris, so true...

This year I would really like to embrace the Ferris Bueller philosophy and live in the moment even more than I have before...

"The question isn't what are we going to do.  The question is, what aren't we going to do?" - Ferris Bueller

So if you happen to be watching a parade in downtown Chicago and someone is singing "Twist and Shout" from the top of one of the floats...don't be surprised if it is me...

Once I get my Christmas decor put away I will be making my real list of goals for the year.  Until then, it's cleaning time for me!  Oh and I have to run to the store and fill up the fridge.  We are expecting another major snowstorm tonight!  Looks like I will have more time to snuggle the boys tomorrow!

Have you cleared out your holiday decor yet?




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  1. I am dragging a little today, trying to feel positive and find some energy and enthusiasm, and a little Ferris Bueller was exactly what I needed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    xo,
    Phyllis

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    1. And you made MY day with your great comment!
      -Shelley

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  2. I need to pack up the poor tree too!! Happy New year!!!

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  3. I've spent the last two days putting things away...the only thing left is our real tree in the family room. I love January...it's a fresh start in decorating:)

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  4. Just started packing up Christmas this afternoon. It's definitely not my favorite project of the year, but when it's done, I'll be ready for a fresh new start! ... I think this is my first visit to your blog. Looking forward to exploring!

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  5. Staying in the present is a hard thing to do as a mom and I too am trying to do a better job of it:)

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  6. I haven't touched the tree yet, but did collect all of the other decor and not only did I put them in bins, I actually re-organized all the bins! I had inherited a lot of Christmas decorations from my Mother, and her bins weren't very organized, nor were mine. So this time, I put all tabletop together in a bin (tablecloths, runners, napkins, dishes, napkin rings, and potholders), then I put all mantle decor in a different bin, and so forth. Today is most definitely a snow day in Bergen county where I live (yay!) and we will take down ornaments. I am also sad to see another Christmas pass by. My two boys are 8, and 5. My 8 year old is beginning to question whether Santa is real, but my 5 year old still believes. I wonder what next year will bring! Happy New Year!

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    1. Seriously, could it get any colder in NJ!?? Ridiculous! Believe it or not, both of my boys - 10 and 7 still believe in Santa. I think the 10 year old may just be pretending he does, but I am not going to be the one to bring it up!

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  7. Yep, all done! I started the weekend after Christmas and it took about three days from start to cleanup. I always feel that same bittersweet feeling, but wanting to move on and start the year all fresh and new usually wins out.

    Isn't that HGTV Dream Home gorgeous? Something that puzzles me, though, is that the new Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid, didn't seem to appear anywhere in that home. Hmmm? Frankly, I was perfectly happy to see the pretty yellows. The new Pantone color might be okay for fingers and toes, but it reminds me too much of the old "mauve" that everyone (at least in my generation) had at one point. Not I, however. Never could wrap my head around that one.

    Hope your managing the snows okay and staying all snuggly, warm and with power!

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