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Welcome, New Year!

We spent our holidays quietly this time around, and although I loved getting together with family and friends, the slow-paced home life is also a good change. On New Year's Eve, a day that Stefan had off from work, we took a winter walk with the kids down to our favorite path that connects to the bike trail.
The kids enjoyed playing with the ice-snow, and breaking it a part with sticks. They could have done that all morning had their mother not been freezing her tookus off!

This year we're focusing on more intentional family time on weekends, more frequent kids bath times (ahem), more balance for a mama who says "yes" much too often for her own good, and continuing on with our good habits we've been forming over the last year or two with psychical health, finances, and spiritual growth for ourselves and our children. Welcome, 2011!

*Does your family strive towards resolutions, goals, or work on specific items individually in the New Year? What are some things you're looking forward to with the fresh start of the month of January?*


Beck said…
adorable pictures! happy new year! I am a terribly non-committal blogger. Maybe that can be one of my goals this year???
Ashley said…
Can I just say that the pic of you and Stefan is a FRAMER!!! Love it!!
RT said…
Agreed on the pic of you and Stefan--so sweet!

I like your resolutions. I want to feed my family healthier foods this year. That pretty much sums up my New Year's resolutions! :)

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