Happy New Year!

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Well here we are, my last post of 2009, I can’t believe how fast this past year went.  It certainly was an eventful one!

Last year I posted some of my2009 New Year’s resolutions, my first time to actually make resolutions in a long time.    Here they are again…let’s see how I did…

1. Make the transition to becoming a mother of two while keeping my sanity and sense of humor

{This one is debatable.   I for sure lost my sanity for the first 4 months, without question.  I was a lunatic.  But now I have it back, so I will have to say this one is a push.   I have definitely tried to keep my sense of humor, so I will have to overall say, this one was accomplished!}

2. Be more forgiving of myself

{Eh, not so much, will try again this year.}

3. Be more present in the little moments with my daughter (and new baby) throughout the day

{I have definitely tried to work on this one, so I will have to say yes, I felt like I have been a little more present in the day to day (sometimes)}

4. Devote a little time each day to work on doing my daughter’s digital photo albums so by the time # 2 arrives, I will be caught up and not feel so guilty about how far behind I am!!!

{Well, I am happy with SOME progress I made on this one.  I did finish Emma’s first year digital photo album and Baby Book, and I have actually started on Morgan’s first year so I can work on it month by month and not get so far behind.  So,  this one will be a work in progress.}

Okay, so here comes 2010. I have high hopes for this year, here are some things I want to do or accomplish:

1. Find a workout regimen I love and stick to it (so original, huh?!)  I want to look into Stroller Strides and really get back into Pilates.  There is a big fun Stroller Strides event coming up next month, more details to come next week!

2. Continue my digital photo album projects

3. Take a little staycation this summer with our family

4. Do a charity project with the help of  Tiny Oranges readers.  I have been thinking about this one for a long time, and this WILL be the year to do it!

Happy New Year everyone!  I wish you a fun and safe celebration with your loved ones! Let’s all raise our glasses of champagne or cider tonight and toast each other to a wonderful year to come! Cheers!

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Christmas Tree Recycling

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In case you were wondering how or where to recycle your Christmas tree this year, here is some info for you!

Many cities in OC have recycling through waste management, the cities covered can be found on their website.  If you live in one of the cities, here are the details:

“We will collect and recycle Christmas trees for the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half. Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Place the tree at the curb. Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be recycled. “

If your city does not collect the trees for recycling, visit Earth 911 for a recycling location near you!

I hope you had a fabulous holiday and are enjoying a fun week with your kids at home.  Are you going a bit stir crazy?  Visit Daytripping Mom‘s fabulous post on “Kids are out on break. What to do?  10 ideas that won’t break your bank or wallet.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Hello everyone!  I just wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!  I hope you have a joyous celebration filled with the magic of experiencing Christmas through a child’s eyes.   Isn’t it the best?

We just survived 10 days of Emma being soooo sick.  Thankfully she turned the corner yesterday and is on the mend.    It started with a bad respiratory virus (which landed us in the ER – another post on this adventure coming next week) , then (I think) she picked up a stomach virus at the doctor’s office.  It was the first time she has ever had a stomach bug, and I hope it is a heck of a long time until it happens again.  72 hours of  “h-e- double hockey sticks”!!!    But she is SO much better, thankfully.   The moment she was able to get off the couch and play sort of like her old self, I jumped for joy.

So, I have to say GOOD  HEALTH for my children is the best Christmas gift I will receive this year!

Here’s to all YOUR health and happiness! Enjoy every minute of the holiday…I will see everyone next week!

Merry Christmas!

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Red Envelope Red Baby Long Johns

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My aunt and cousin just gave me a pair of these super cute long johns for Morgan today and I just flipped out!   Instant blog material!

024 These “Red Baby Long Johns” are from Gifts.com and can be personalized with white embroidery on the old school button-flap bum.

Hers say “Morgan’s First Christmas!”

I can already see the pics of her on her tummy on Christmas morning in front of the tree in her new little jammies.

Such a great gift for baby’s first Christmas!!

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Sentimental Holiday Tradition

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{This is a repeat post from last year … Guess you can say I am in reruns with all the holiday bustle!}

My mom did this for me growing up, and it was so special, I wanted to pass it on.  I am doing the same thing for my girls.

Every year, my mom would pick up one new ornament for my sister and I, and she kept a list of each ornament and the year.   When we were older, we would choose our own.   A lot of times we would pick one up on a vacation, or something to remember a special thing we did during the year, or something that represented what we were into or loved at the time.

Then, as adults when we moved out and got our first Christmas tree on our own, my mom packed up all of our own oraments (in my case dating back to 1974!) and gave them to us.  I will never forget the year that I was a “real” adult in my own apartment with my first Christmas tree.   Being able to fill it with my childhood ornaments brought back so many memories was so special to me.  Certainly more meaningful that going out and buying a slew of random ornaments to decorate my tree.

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season!

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