Happy 1.1.11

Happy New Year!
The math teacher in me loves that today is 1.1.11
When my sister got engaged, I told her she should have picked today as her wedding date (she is a math teacher also) but, she didn't want a winter wedding, so they are getting married in April.
How did you ring in the New Year?
Last night we went to our friends, The Hagen's for dinner & games.
I made my favorite cupcakes, of course :)
I can't believe I didn't take any other pictures of New Year's Eve!
We were too busy hanging out, laughing, eating, trying to tame my children & playing cribbage (Wendy & I dominated the guys, FYI).
The Hagen kids went to bed at a normal time (8:30) but our girls napped until 5:30 yesterday, so we didn't attempt to put them down at The Hagen's house & we got home a little after 11:30. Both girls were so hyper and and both girls ended up staying up until midnight!
Let's just say this morning was rough...they clearly did not get enough sleep!

I love the beginning of a New Year.
It is like a fresh start, a clean slate.
I am one of those people who does resolutions every year
(and, I pretty much fail at them every year)

I need to finish up my resolutions for this year...stay tuned!

I am also one of those people who feels the need to clean everything out for the New Year & organize my house for the start of the New Year.
Am I the only one who does that?
And, since school starts back up again on Monday, I really need to get organized/mentally prepared after having 2 glorious weeks off.

Hope you have enjoyed your New Year's Weekend!


  1. Hi Mel, Im Sara from Italy. In the last few day I read all your blog from your first post till today: You have an amazing family and I have fun reading your blog. Have a great 2011. We left for a cruise too in june. It will be the 5th cruise for us and we love every one we have made. Enjoy.

  2. Hi,
    I am the same exact way!!! I've been trying to do a little here and there but it's so hard with the little ones. I am hoping to do more in the coming weeks.

  3. I am the exact same way about cleaning and organizing for the new year. This year, we are not taking down the Christmas decorations until mid-Jan because we are enlarging the attic, that is our big project. Your girls remind me of my almost-3 year old so much, probably because I recognize their clothes, I think we shop at the same childrens stores- ha!

  4. We should probably come up with a name for our cribbage domination team.

  5. I am the same way about clearing out clutter at the New Year. I'm usually pretty on top of these things during the year, so it doesn't take long to find the extra clutter & donate it, but I still like to make sure it gets done for a fresh start.

    Can't wait to read your resolutions!

  6. I completely organized everything these last 2 weeks and cleaned out a ton of stuff. And yes, it was terribly hard to come back to work today after having such a long time off! Yuck!

  7. I'm a compulsive New Years cleaner/reorganizer too! I love that you play cribbage-- Matt grew up playing with his brother and step dad and taught me to play this year. It's on, sister! I wish you lived closer!

  8. I have no doubt that any gathering with you and Wendy was a blast! :)

    Happy new year to you and your adorable family!


  9. Glad you had a happy new year! I really want to organize too! After Christmas, I NEED to organize all the presents. Hope your first day back to normal life was good!



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