Saturday, January 1, 2011

:: hindsight ::

Happy New Year!

2010 was an interesting year.  It was a good year for me...I mean, hello -
new guy

and hello...

liam david

Need I say more?  This little guy has brought so much joy into our lives and we positively cannot imagine our family without him!  2010 was not without its difficulties, but we got through it and are looking forward to a brand new year.  This seems to be a common anthem with friends, family and people I know.  Everyone seems eager to put 2010 to bed and welcome a new year.  There has been a lot of struggle, pain and hurt.  Seriously, with almost every person I talk to.  So, as we begin another year, my internal evaluating begins.  I am not one for resolutions - I never have been.  But I do seem to take inventory a little bit and am determined to make a few tweaks here and there to improve myself and life around here.  I am generally content with life - my family and kids.  I'm sad that they are growing so fast.  It's just unreal.  But I look forward to 2011 and what it will bring!  I hope the new year is good to you and brings you many many good things!!!

We had a pretty great New Year's Eve.  We piled the family and Billy into the car with sleeping bags, clothes and the pack n play and headed down to my cousins Jared & Kris' house.  We arrived at their beautiful home around 7, fed the kids and herded them downstairs.  Liam had a bottle and went right to bed while Aidan & Gia piled on the guest bed with their blankets and watched a movie on my laptop.  They watched the entire movie, then it was bedtime.  Both kids passed out in record time.  It is so nice having kids that will literally sleep anywhere!!!  It amazes me every time!  I love it.  So all three kids slept all night while we stayed up to usher in the new year.  We walked across the street to a park overlooking the Seattle downtown skyline and watched the Space Needle fireworks celebration.  It was SOOOOO cold, so we were more than ecstatic to get back to the house for some homemade kahlua I had made.  The night went quickly and before we knew it, it was after 3AM and we were still hanging out in the amazing kitchen.  The company was too good.  We had such a great time visiting, meeting new people and eating delicious food.  The kids woke us up around 8am with whispers and giggles that quickly turned to Liam screaming for his morning bottle around 8:30 and the Others whining and Gia escaping to find the cat.  We herded upstairs for a much-welcomed cup of coffee, mimosas and an incredible breakfast.  After breakfast, we finally headed home, where we continued to do nothing.  SUCH a good day.  I finally loaded the dishwasher and threw in load of laundry out of pure guilt.  Our Christmas decorations are about 98% torn down and now we're taking in some Boondock Saints with Billy.  And church tomorrow.  Ryan gets Monday off, then it's back to the ol' routine.  His vacation went by way too quickly!!  It always does.

I'm going to end this by saying:

"I have known many, liked not a few, loved only one, I drink to you.

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use.

May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.

As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.

May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmothers teeth.

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.

May there be a generation of children on the children of your children.

May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight.

May your neighbors respect you, Trouble neglect you, The angels protect you, And heaven accept you.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.

May the strength of three be in your journey.

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.

Here's that we may always have a clean shirt, a clean conscience, and a guinea in our pocket.

May I see you grey and combing your children's hair.

May your doctor never earn a dollar out of you and may your heart never give out. May the ten toes of your feet steer you clear of all misfortune, and before you're much older, may you hear much better toasts than this.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going and the insight to know when you're going too far.

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day foward.

May the frost never afflict your spuds. May the outside leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms. May the crow never pick your haystack, and may your donkey always be in foal.

May the sound of happy music, And the lilt of Irish laughter, fill your heart with gladness, that stays forever after.

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

May you live long, Die happy, And rate a mansion in heaven.

Beautiful young people are acts of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art."

- Irish Proverb

Happy 2011, friends.  Isn't it like a breath of fresh air?

Gia at The Nutcracker! Thank you, Ervens!!