Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

We've had a wonderful Christmas vacation.
Lots of relaxing
sleeping in
movie watching
(Little Women, a tradition..
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Help
Midnight in Paris
and many
many episodes of 
Mad Men. :)
Today we continued our tradition
of throwing our stones in the ocean 
for the New Year.
After Mass,
 we went to the beach,
found our rocks, 
wrote what we'd like for the New Year
and threw them in.
I should add that it was sunny and in the 50's.
The beach parking lot looked like it does in August.
Not right.

Last night,
New Years Eve,
we kept with tradition
and each wrote on paper
what we'd like to 
or forget
about 2011.
We fold them up,
and throw them in the fire.

on New Years Eve
we allow the kids to 
pick out junk food.
Lots of it.
they eat it until they 
can't anymore.
And then we do it again next year.

I'm so glad there are
364 more days
until we have to eat like that again.


  1. Happy New Year! Love your traditions! We were with five other families for the evening and Mark's band played at their home. Fun, but I was craving a quiet night with our family! Next year. The weather here is crazy too!

  2. Your weather sounds like our weather. Weird.

    Love your traditions! Happy New Year!!

  3. Happy New Year, my friend. Here's hoping you get some winter weather sometime soon . . .

  4. What great traditions! Happy New Year! Oh, and I was in shorts and a tshirt on New Years Day... odd, very odd weather.

  5. Happy New Year Pam...may it be the best yet!

  6. Those are three great traditions! The junk food one cracks me up. Happy New Year!

  7. I need to steal that junk food idea. My kids would be in heaven!

  8. I can't believe the weather, where is old man winter. . . Love your new years traditions. . .we have zero new years traditions, kinda sad!

  9. darn darn DARN, pam ... i had totally forgotten about your amazing and inspiring NYE traditions - it all came back to me when i read this and now i'm more determined than ever to do the same ... love the rocks, the burning of the papers, the junk food, ALL of it ... oh how i wish i'd remembered!! you definitely know how to start a year RIGHT, friend!!

  10. Happy New Year!
    I've been thinking about you.....

  11. Happy New Year. I love both the traditions you have of throwing the paper in the fireplace, and the stones in the ocean. Love the beach pictures, as always. I bet the kids look forward to the night of junk food every year. Your house looks so warm and festive in the last photo. Hope you are doing well!

  12. Happy New Year! I love your traditions. oxox

  13. Fun ideas that are meaningful according to there calendar day.

  14. Love these traditions pam. I think I said that last year...but really we will be doing this next year!:)
    Hope 2012 is treatinig you well.
    have a happy day pam

  15. The beach looks beautiful! I don't want snow anymore-only for Christmas and that didn't happen. Now it can be spring!