Happiest of happy new years everyone!  

We had a fun night last night - neighbors, family, and old friends gathered for chili and other goodies - most headed home before midnight - but the rest of us played Apples to Apples and rang in the new year a midnight.  No one stirred until 10 this morning and we are still in our PJs and enjoying the Tournament of Roses Parade - my favorite!

I have enjoyed reading every one's posts reviewing 2010 and the hopes and goals for 2011. There are so many thoughts swirling in my head, but really I can break it down to a couple words:

Thankful - for blessings received, new friends made, long time friends kept, new things learned.  I would love a slower paced life, but our busy family life is a sign that we have happy and active kids and are well employed.  All things beading took a huge leap with the encouragement of Jen and many others, the start of the BFBG blog, the efforts to stock my Etsy store and the awesome connections that can be traced back to last springs Bead Soup (thanks Lori!).  Followers, Likers, Commentors and Fellow Bloggers - you inspire me every day!

Excited - about new things I have yet to learn, probable changes professionally, trips we are thinking of taking, and other adventures that are sure to come our way.

Fighting - not in a negative way, but in the sense of not letting the status quo to get in the way of new directions and new experiences, to not let the hectic pace of life to keep from enjoying and having fun and to make sure I don't forget to take care of myself.

So enough swirling thoughts :-).  From my family to you and ours, we wish you all the best, really and truly, in 2011!


  1. Yea for the Roses! My Wisconsin Badgers are out to rock the house. I was at the last Rose Bowl in 2000... the first football game for my son who was not yet two! Go Bucky!

    Enjoy the day!

  2. We went out to dinner last Night with family...nothing like family! Keep on beading! ox

  3. A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family. Happy Beading too!

  4. Happy New Year to you!!!!!! May 2011 be filled with health, happiness and joy!

  5. Happy Swirling Thoughts! That's how classy girls do it!!!

  6. Yeah I love the parade too! A couple of mimosa's and pretty floats is a great way to start the new year!

  7. Oh I just love the picture. Sounds like an ideal holiday to me. Happy New Year right back at ya (a little late) :)


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