Cheers to the New Year!

Happy 2014!!!

I hope the new year brings love, happiness, joy, lessons learned, new experiences gained and memories you will take with you forever.

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I have never been the type of person to wish away a “bad” year or long for a great new one. I have never felt the need to wipe my slate clean or start over fresh.

I am a firm believer that every experience we have, person we meet, hardship we deal with or face and success we relish in makes us the person we are today and I enjoy being able to carry all part of who I have become with me. Every.single.day.

2013 was especially good to us as we welcomed our baby girl this year and completed our family. The feeling of contentment I feel being their mother is far beyond my wildest dreams and my family is what I live for. I am seriously one lucky girl!

This year we rang in the New Year out in the “country” with our friends Laura and Chad and their little boy Logan who is one of Gavin’s best friends. We had tons of food, a quick wine tasting at a local winery and the boys had a blast playing and running wild. Gavin even stayed up until almost 10 pm which is a world record for him!!! The party was truly all about the boys this year! Gavin didn’t want to leave.

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I made my (almost) famous Bacon Wrapped Chicken bites with Spicy Avocado Dipping Sauce and  Laura had Stuffed Mushrooms and a ton of other yummy goodies… I wish I had pictures of everything, but I was too busy digging in.

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We had one of my most favorite treats to ring the New Year in with this year… The Chocolate Cellars – Chocolate Wine. SO delicious!! Although we didn’t get very crazy this year and hardly drank at all, it was special to have this wine as it’s not something we get to enjoy all the time.

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I have never been one for “Resolutions”… but the years I have made them, I do stick to them.

In 2008 I wanted to loose 30 pounds; I lost 37 for our wedding. In 2010 I promised myself (as a new wifey) I would send out Birthday and Anniversary cards to all our family and friends and that year I never missed one….

This year I am resolving to be a better “me”. Not that I don’t like WHO I am, but there is always room for improvement in my mind. I want to maybe do my hair a little more often rather than just throwing it up in a quick pony tail. Maybe I can make an effort to not dress in yoga pants to grocery shop every week and to paint my nails for no occasion.

I want to continue to be the best mother I know how to be and maybe put down the computer or my phone more often when they are awake so I can REALLY spend my time with them – while I am lucky enough to have them this little. I want to grow my relationship with my husband and continue to work on building our love, trust and dedication to one another and our family.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us….
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right!
Happy 2014!

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