Friday, January 01, 2010

Friday 01 January 2010!!!!!!!!!!! Let's look back as it is Flashback 1st of the month at Face The Day and the 1st of a new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah says:

Happy New Year! Happy 2010! Above you can see how tired I was because we stayed up until about 4am and only slept till about 11am. I am still in my PJ's and it's almost dinner time. It's a very lazy day at the end of a very lazy vacation! My mom will leave very early tomorrow morning, we will then do some sales shopping and then Sunday will come fast and it will be quickly back to normal life. It's been a good 2 weeks with my family! My husband and daughter have been home and my mom has been here and it has been a good pace. Man I love my husband and kid!!! It's so nice being with them. I just feel so close to them both right now. It feels good and it feels right. It's a nice feeling to start the new year with! I'll be sad to see my mom go - like every year - my daughter gets sad and I get sad because the house gets a little empty. But as real life begins again I have some good stuff to look forward to in 2010!

Okay - so the above photo is sort of a fake because it wasn't taken on the 1st of January 2010 but on the 27th of December 2009 - all because for the first year in a very long time - Tom's friend Dirk could not come on New Year's so he came the week before. We had to take our yearly photo of course and I am posting it here for consistency-sake!

All the rest that follows below is copied from the last year and the year before...

Sarah says:That's me and Dirk - my husband's best mate exactly one year ago today on the 1st of January 2009 - you can go back via this link. For the last 6 years he's come to our home on New Year's Eve and for the last three years we have taken a photo together on the 1st! First we eat french toast made by my mother and then we take a photo. It's always great to start a new year with Dirk. He's a cheery, fun-loving bloke!

That's me and Dirk above two years ago on the 1st of January 2008!

And that above is me and Dirk three years ago today on 01 January 2007!

There above you can see Heidi and me on 01 January 2006! Seems like ages ago! I can hardly remember that night anymore.

And there's Heidi above on 01 January 2007! I think it was 2007. Heidi?

By the way - two years ago on 01 January 2008 I put the below text on Face The Day as a reflection on life at that time and the new year to come. I stand by it and put it here again because it still rings true and I am still trying my best to live a more simple life and a quieter life full of quality, not quantity. I wish everyone a lot of peace and quiet and love and more rushes of joy than flashes of pain in 2010!

Sarah adds: Here's it is from my post two years ago (and re-posted last year):

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now!~Michael Landon - Pa Ingalls

We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts, and live our own lives. - Laura Ingalls Wilder

...but, at long last, I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all...I believe we would be happier to go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest and living close to nature. There are no hothouse blossoms that can compare in beauty and fragrance with my bouquet of wild flowers. -Laura Ingalls Wilder

I'd add: Live well and be well in 2010 (2008!) (2009!) people and spend time doing stuff that matters with people that matter and not wasting time and thoughts on all the stuff that doesn't mean squat. Consume less -- because we don't need half the things we think we do.By 2010 (2011! ), I hope my family life is just like it is now. I hope I am singing again and on stage. I hope my work life is successful and feels good and challenging. I hope health abounds. I hope all the people who mean the world to me have more joy than pain. Simplicity is what I am after this year...

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