Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! A YEAR IN REVIEW!

Well as usual at this time of the year I have found myself reading past blog posts and reflecting on this last year...soo much has happened!  I had every intention of going back over each month and picking a picture or two to highlight the year without many words...[I know, no words would be weird for me!] but honestly it was a lot harder then I thought.  I did have quite a bit of time though so I made a stab at it as hubby and I both came down with a nasty stomach bug last Mon and I am still under the weather some.  I was sooo glad that we didn't get sick until AFTER all of our celebrations were over, but lets face it, stomach flu is right up there at the top of the list of things we almost all hate the most.  I am also grateful that I can sit around and just be sick and take it easy instead of having to stress about missing work or having kids to care for.  But that's about all I can come up with in terms of gratitude over that, lol.  I will try to just post two pictures [ok, maybe 3] per month so this isn't as ridiculously long as most of my posts are but I am not going to promise anything.  I'll do my best. Honestly as I gathered my pics I realized that MOST of my year and time was spent either sewing or enjoying family in some way, so I apologize in advance for what might seem kind of unexciting, or even repetitive.   OK, lets go back to last Jan.  Honestly I couldn't find a post that WASN'T all about my latest sewing adventures.  I did learn to put together little baby shoes, which was a first, and it was fun.





February brought two birthdays...Six year olds Donatella and Cody.  And lots more sewing, lol....





It also brought my daughter's baby sprinkle and our 40th wedding anniversary celebration






March brought LOTS more sewing, lol











April brought a trip to New Mexico and the birth of Claire Elise...






May brought another trip to New Mexico....did we really go again soo soon?  lol  And another birthday.




June brought more sewing and some summer beginning fun...and an eighth grade graduation and a couple of KG ones as well.

















July brought Melody to California and a big family gathering, a birthday, and 4th of July fun...and of course MORE sewing, lol











August I began my Christmas sewing projects in earnest, and another birthday...













September brought LOTS more Christmas sewing, a beach trip, and a couple more birthdays...






Oct. brought more sewing, a new daughter in law! A first dance, and a new hair do! a high school volleyball player,













Nov brought another trip to New Mexico and Thanksgiving!








And FINALLY December with more trips to our house, Disneyland, birthdays,  Christmas and snow fun!














Well that was WAY WAY WAY longer then I intended it to be,lol.  And yet even then you have no idea how hard it was to pick and chose and eliminate and exclude.  Yes, this was a busy year of sewing and a full year of family and love and I am more then grateful for it all.   The new year lies in front of us all ready to fill it's pages with our memories and happenings.  No one knows what those might be.  No doubt there will be hard times as well as happy, sick days as well as well days, laughter, tears, and everything in between.  But through it all I pray we all keep our eyes on Him, and remember from whom all blessings flow.  Happy New Year to you all!  Many blessings to you in the coming year!  Debbie

JUST for fun I decided to go back and pick 4 of my very favorite pictures of the year!  This will be VERY difficult just so you know.  I need to point out here that I by no means took all of these pictures.  My kids are responsible for many of them.  But that doesn't stop them from being some of my all times favorites....ok, here goes....















ok, I lied....these are my TOP 12! lol  And from there I'll chose my top 3....starting with


AT NUMBER 3 FOR THE YEAR, MY KIDS....LOVE THIS PICTURE AND ALL OF THEM.  IT WAS JUST SUCH A GOOD ONE!

COMING IN AT NUMBER 2 IS THIS ONE OF MELODY AND SWEET CLAIRE...JUST CAPTURES THIS MOMENT AND SEASON IN TIME SOO WELL.  AND TAKEN BY A 3 YEAR OLD BTW!

AND COMING IN AT NUMBER ONE I THINK IS THIS ONE OF A GIRL AND HER DADDY.  I JUST LOVE THIS PICTURE AND THE MEMORY WILL STICK WITH ME FOREVER I AM SURE!

What about any of you [if anyone is still even here after this LONG LONG post, lol]  Any favorites?

12 comments:

  1. That action shot of sledding is fantastic. Also love the family group photos and I adore the photo that Sam took of his mom and Claire. There is something so special about it! Brava! This will be a great post to read again and again because you really zeroed in and got the story of your year. Hope that you and hubby are feeling much better with each passing day.

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  2. Lots of beautiful family shots!! How blessed you and I are to be surrounded by such warm and wonderful families!!

    Happy New Year to you, friend!!

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  3. This post shows me how truly blessed you are. Hoping 2016 will be just as wonderful.

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  4. And this my dear Friend is what it's all about! Thank you for sharing, I so enjoyed your year in review, wishing you and your sweet family much continued happiness and many continued blessings,
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  5. What a lovely year!!! Such lovely photos too. Such a wonderful family you have. I wish you all of the best in 2016.

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  6. Wonderful memories Debbie, I know how hard it is to pick the memorable photos but you did a great job. I have three favorites, the one with Sam, Claire and Luke, the sledding photo...love the action and the photo of Mel in front of the window, but seriously they are all fantastic. Happy New Year!

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  7. Seriously loved all the photos, what a beautiful happy family you have!!
    Happy New Year Debbie :-)

    Hugs!

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  8. What a beautiful wonderful album of the year. I am also awarding you "THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SEAMSTREE I'VE EVER HEARD OF" award for 2015!! You continue to amaze me with your beautiful stiches, all of them hold your heart of love as mom and grandma. So precious, Debbie! :)

    Happy New Year, I hope you are taking a few days of well earned rest.

    xo
    Sonja

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  10. Hi Debbie! Thank you so much for the visit and comment you left on my blog! I have seen your face in blog land for a while (in comments) and I think we follow many of the same blogs. I have been going through this wonderful look back at 2015 and see that you have a LOVELY family...so many wonderful photos. I also notice that you are fabulous seamstress! I am now looking forward to following your posts. Have a great rest of the week!

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