Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The yearly Dirk and Sarah photos - better late then never!

Above photo was taken on the 1st of January 2011 with me and Dirk after eating our annual French Toast. It's a tradition!
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! Click here to see what was going on that year!
All the rest that follows below is copied from the last year and the year before...
That's me and Dirk exactly two year ago today on the 1st of January 2009 - you can go back via this link. For the last 7 years he's come to our home on New Year's Eve and for the last 4 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 3 years ago on the 1st of January 2008!

And that above is me and Dirk 4 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. No Dirk!

By the way - 3 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 2011!

Sarah adds: Here's it is from my post from 3 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 2011 (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 2012 (2011, 2010! ), 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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