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Monday, December 29, 2008

What a Whirlwind it has been!

Oh yes, it has been! I hope that everyone out there in blogland had a wonder filled Christmas just like we did here at the Southern Somedays home front. It did seem, though, that we celebrated straight for about a week and a half which definitely lends to feeling like you had Christmas (and then some). We hosted 2 parties and 1 lunch within a 24 hour period which kicked off the week of Christmas for us and after that the ball was rolling and we were laughing the entire, wild ride. One of my favorite times was our Candle-light Christmas Eve Service at church. There is just something deeply moving about seeing all your family and friends, with their faces lit by a traveling spark of light in that moment of calm, in that moment when one and all have turned their hearts to the true reason why we celebrate - the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ...it gives me goose bumps every year! We also were blessed with lots of time with friends and grandparents and can't imagine the season without those traditions.

DD and I even braved the "after Christmas" shopping rush and did a little shopping (more browsing than shopping because, #1 we didn't NEED a thing and #2 the sales just weren't all that spectacular).

Anyway, now that 2009 is only 2 days away I am turning my attention to the New Year and, of course, resolutions! I have 1 (yep, only 1) and that is to pare down and simplify my life. I want to rid myself mentally and physically of all the clutter that has gathered in the corners of my life. So, this week, I am planning, preparing and starting the transformation. There are several blogs, like http://www.simplemom.net/, that are really helping me focus and execute my resolution. Can you tell that I started planning my resolution a while back? So, in addition to all the fun stuff I like to blog about, you may see a post here or there about my 2009 Simplify Plan. So, do you have any resolutions (other than to not make resolutions)?


13 comments:

  1. Good Resolution!!! I strive for more simplicity now, also!!

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  2. It sounds like you had a super busy Christmas week. The goodies in your picture look scrumptious. Are they from your open house?

    Looking forward to hearing more about your simplifying plan. I think we all could use a little of that.

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  3. yes, please do motivate me to simplify. It would really help if you'd just come on over and clean out a few closets and drawers!!
    :)
    Suzanne

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  4. Thank you for stopping by today. I am sorry that I have not kept up with your entries as much lately. Every time you comment on my blog you leave the sweetest message and today was NO exception! Thanks for saying that we would be friends!! I could NEVER have too many. Come on over girl! We would drink some tea and talk our heads off!
    Simplification would be a good topic! ha!
    Thanks!
    Love to you and yours...

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  5. Wow, you've been busy...it sounds like you're off to a great start to the New Year too!

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  6. Thank you for the well wishes!!! I really appreciate it

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  7. Well isn't it a small world?? I found my Christmas china in a local thrift shop. I first found the 8 dinner plates and that was it. I purchased them for around .98 a piece and thought I could just add white cups & saucers, etc. I went back almost a week later and there I found the c&s, desert plates, a good size bowl and a platter! they must have been in different boxes when the people were putting them out! I was a little afraid to use them because it doesn't look like the markings are embedded very well (with a glaze). I decided for the price I would take a chance and place them in the dishwasher. So far so good. Do you use yours all of December??
    Donna

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  8. Well, I answered your question this morning and realized it must have gone "poof!" The Christmas dishes came from the thrift store! I found 8 dinner plates first, thinking that's all they had. About 6 days later I was back in and found the cups, saucers, dessert plates, a good size bowl and a platter! I'm thinking they aren't the best quality but I put them in the dishwasher anyway and so far so good. Mine have no markings either. Do you use yours? I think they are sweet and I don't have any other Christmas dishes if you can imagine!
    Donna

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  9. A friendly little blog award for you is over on my blog!! Come see.

    Suzanne

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  10. Simplicity...Hmmmm I need some of that! Happy New Year to you:-)

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  11. You are quite the hostess! It sounds like you had a great Christmas! I love the picture!

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  12. Your Christmas sounds fun and exciting, although busy. For some reason Christmas is the only time of the year that I don't mind the hustle and bustle. Your treats look scrumptious.
    I like your resolution. I think that is one we all need! :)

    I left you alittle something over on my blog. Stop by and have a peak.
    Jen

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  13. Please, if you have a moment, stop by my blog. I have a Southern friend who needs our prayers!

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