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December 31st, 2007

Poof! Somehow it went from December 1st … to the 31st in the blink of an eye. How did this happen? Me thinks my little Heinzelmännchen from Karen had something to do it. And just what is he hiding behind his back anyway? I’m guessing it’s the days of December 2nd - 30th.

Christmas at our house was magical. My parents and brother came up and we all spent a glorious time together and it came and went much too soon. We lounged, we laughed, lounged some more, we ate, laughed some more, lounged some even more, ate some even more and then laughed some even more.

“Oscar” - From Laurie

While it would have been perfect had my oldest son and his family been here from Australia, at least we all got to take turns talking on the phone with him and I had a wonderful converstation with my granddaughter and learned that cookies are called biscuits in the Land of Oz.

The best gift for all of us was finding out that my darling granddaughter started calling our DS1 “daddy” (she’s 6 and DS1 and DDL have been married 2 years now - and DGD’s bio dad is very much a part of her life). Oh my heart swelled like I never thought possible.

From Raesha

The icing on the cake was when DS1 told me how he’s carrying on with some of our fun traditions for Christmas morning. Santa left DGD a note, “Dear J, I had a problem with my sleigh as I was flying over your house. One of your presents has fallen out of my sack and has landed in the palm tree in your backyard. Ask your daddy to get a ladder and fetch it - Love Santa”. And there at the top of the palm tree dangled a brand new pair of ice skates. I get giddy imagining it. And ha… my son hates to wrap presents as much as I do!

From Louise

Holy crap, here it is New Year’s Eve. How the eff did that happen? I’m just NOW getting used to writing “2007″. Guess I better brush up on my 8’s. No big plans for us this evening - we stay home - I don’t like being around drunks or drunk drivers. Glitzy New Year’s is just not my gig. Our epicurean extravaganza will be crafted in the kitchen from  Pizza Schmizza. We’ll be playing Monopoly with DS2 (so he can kick our butts as usual) and then we’ll be watching our delicious Tivo’d stash of 50 zillion episodes of Project Runway that I recorded when they had a marathon last week and today. GOSH I love that show and now see why everyone is so into it. OMG… even the T-man likes it (but you didn’t hear that from me). We’ve seen all of season 1 (I heart Jay - he’s so funny!) and season 3 now. Oh yeah… I’m so hooked! Me thinks Mimi wants to try out for season 5 or season 6. ;) It’s like I can almost hear Tim Gunn telling Mimi, “Mimi… make it happen”.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year. I can’t wait to catch up with everyone in blogland. The blogland train has been waiting in the station for me for weeks now. Oh my Gorsh (shout out to Mary & Chicago), more like closer to a month now. I think my bloglines post count is going to reach 8000 here soon. I have so many blogs to visit, so much to catch up with. But I am the human slug. Soon I hope to get caught up with life so I can get my fat butt back on the blogtrain. My Christmas was filled with such goodness, creativity and kindness from my bloggy friends. It’s amazing when I look back and first started blogging… never in a million years could I have imagined the friendships I have made! I’m beyond words for the gifts I’ve been sent, the cards and emails (still waiting to be answered - please forgive me!). I’ll never stop gushing with joy over the gift of friendships I have received. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And now I must nap. And then sew - for I have a quickly approaching deadline. And then… then… OMG then… I’m jumping on the blogtrain and I’m going to hop from seat to seat, and I may even run up and down the aisle with scissors. And I’m most definitely going to be flailing my arms out the window! Happy Spoonie New Year!!!

From Mary

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27 Responses

  1. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND. See you FOR REAL in 2008!!! xo

  2. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    That is one cute ornament! Happy New Year you, and don’t poke your eye out with the scissors, ‘kay?

  3. The fabulous tracey petersen allegedly said:

    Now is just the right time to delurk and wish you a happy new year. It looks like your cup is already brimming over!

  4. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    Monica, Reading your post left me with a huge smile on my face…you are so full of joy, I *hear* it as I read. I’ve been thinking about you and wondering if I needed to make a quick trip out there to check on you! So glad you posted. I hope that your evening is wonderful.
    (((Hugs))) cw

  5. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    Nice to “see” you back in Blogland!!!….. and Happy, Happy New Year !!!!!

  6. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Monica, I can’t believe I have to catch up with you in blogland! Life has been soooo busy. So glad I got a hug from your Mom, Dad and Bro. So many cute pics in this post. I want details on them all.

  7. The fabulous Roseann allegedly said:

    Hey Monica!

    Love reading all you’ve got going on and admiring your pretty pictures.

    Hope 2008 is a fabulous year for you! I’m sure it won’t take you long to get in the hang of making eights … they’re a little more fun than sevens.

    Happy New Year!!

  8. The fabulous Cyndi allegedly said:

    Happy New Year!!! We need to PAH-TY in Portland, eh? :) Wishing you all the best this year.

  9. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    Happy New Year Monica!

  10. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    This is kinda weird…getting caught up w/u on the blog….what happened to our real life???
    MG’s havta get back on track!
    Happy New Year my friend….see you soon!!

  11. The fabulous Natalie allegedly said:

    She’s back! So nice to find you’ve been having fun and soaking up the seasonal joy! Happy New Year.

  12. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    Sounds like a lovely time!

  13. The fabulous WeeBit Wonky allegedly said:

    Happy New Year Monica!
    So happy to see you back. 2008 is gonna be a good one!
    Take care my Friend
    ~ Robyn

  14. The fabulous Heidi Kaisand allegedly said:

    Happy New Year Monica! I love Oscar. My husband is a swine vet and I always have my eye out for cute pigs…and that is cute!

  15. The fabulous Angela (Cottage Magpie) allegedly said:

    Hee hee! I’ve missed your wonderful, hilarious energy and bright, cheery pictures! I hope you’re back for good! Happy New Year!
    ~Angela :-)

  16. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    Wow–so many wonderful pictures and experiences you’ve shared. I’ve loved each and every one.

    A very happy New Year to you and your family. May 2008 be another year of joy and discovery.

  17. The fabulous mar allegedly said:

    Happy New Year Monica! So good to hear your holiday was wonderful after the storm! And smilin cause you’re back!!

  18. The fabulous Randi allegedly said:

    Happy New Year!

  19. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    I love whats going on in your Australian family! Happy happy feelings rushing over me~ and ice skates in the tree ~ too cool!
    Happy 2008 to you and yours

  20. The fabulous Nanna Jamma allegedly said:

    OMG! I’ve been checking the HZ blog looking for some signs of life, and voila!! here you are!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
    Sounds like your Christmas was joyful and heartwarming - just the way it ought to be! Good for you, getting to speak to the fam in Oz!! Hooray!! Your gifties from bloggy friends are wonderful, each and every one. Blogging is the best, I do agree!
    If you manage to catch up with your blog reading, let me know how you do it, will ya? I always seem to be behind!!
    Take care, Nanna J

  21. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    glad you had a wonderful chrissy.. we did down under too! :O) anytime you want to learn some ” ’strine” let me know.. ’strine - australian slang.. cause when some aussies say ‘australian’ sounds like they be saying ’strine’… ask you son what a fanny is down here, that’ll get the laughs happening!

    Best wishes to you for the new year!

    Down Under

  22. The fabulous laeroport allegedly said:

    Happy New Year, my friend!

  23. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    MISS YOU!!!!!!!!! Hurry on back to bloggin with us!!

  24. The fabulous calamity kim allegedly said:

    I miss you so much you just don’t know! It was awful for us, even though you had a good vacation- except for the bad storm part! I hope that this new year gives you lots of time at the computer and the sewing machine and you are blessed with all Wonderful Things! Happy New Year, to you and MiMi! Please come visit me when you get time! Love you Much! Kim

  25. The fabulous ellen crimi-trent allegedly said:

    Hi Monica,

    I just found your blog, very cute stuff!! I am wondering how you got that edge? I would love to know it’s great!

    I will be looking out for your blog. I have just started blogging last August but enjoying the process!

    Happy New Year!


  26. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    Happy New Year to you too!! HUGE HUGS!! Oh what the hell, some kisses too: XOXOXO

  27. The fabulous Lauri allegedly said:

    So glad to see you had such a wonderful Christmas! I’ve been trying to get back on the “Blog Train”, too, but, the kids are still home from school so that makes it pretty much impossible! I think I only have 2 more days until they go back….

    One of my resolutions is to put my Mimi to work LOTS more often! I’ve been using the Big Mama a lot, but Mimi has been buried underneath a pile of Christmas wrapping papers, ornament boxes, light boxes, bows, and all of those trappings of Christmas…probably should get her out soon-she may be starving under there without any fabric or scraps. But, I’m willing to bet there is some of that in the pile, too! lol!

    Happy New Year!

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