Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!


2010. Doesn't that look weird? 2010. So futuristic and out there and impossibly here! It snuck up on me and the day came and went without much hoopla in our house. I am under some timelines and have a very full few weeks ahead of me so I shifted into gear right after the holidays and ,in doing so, sort of forgot to remember the new year. I will say that I am almost done with my second collection for Blue Hill and am very glad to have it nearly ready to send off to them. The first one was challenging in that it was my first time and I was sort of flying blind into a new adventure. Now I really want to do a good job the second time around so the pressure is still there, though in a bit of a different way. Bottom line is that I am sure having fun doing it though! I do think that the old year calls for a bit of reflection so I am picking a few of my favorite images to remind me of some of the good times of 2009. The one from the top of the page is so great to me. It is my son at the beach. He looks so tiny in front of that vast and beautiful ocean. It is from a weekend trip we took, just the four of us. We got home from the trip and I got laid off the next day. It was actually an exciting time and I was able to make some changes that I wouldn't have made otherwise. We are all happier now and it ended up not being a bad thing. That beautiful photo represents well to me the feeling of unknown openness that unanticipated change can bring.
Here are all of the sweets I made for my 40th birthday. We had 80 folks over to help celebrate and we asked that everyone bring toys to take to the Children's Hospital where my daughter had her heart surgery. I made food for 80 people which was a feat but we got lots of great stuff to take over to the young patients.
These are my favorite flowers from the whole year. Sayonara Dahlias, Chocolate Cosmos., Limelight Hydrangea and Hardy Fuschia. So pretty! Oh and I love love love that vase. I think I got it an a rummage or estate sale. Love it!

This was taken on my birthday. My sweet husband took the day off and we spent it, the four of us, fishing at the most beautiful lake. Fishing as a family was something new we tried and enjoyed this year. It was a really fun day. (I will say that a lot of my enjoyment of fishing came from never actually catching anything!)


This is our backyard. The Dogwood is one of my very favorites and when it blooms it is just breathtaking. I love our yard and our neighborhood and feel so lucky to live where things are so lush and green and the people are so very very friendly. It really is the best neighborhood. We have a neighborhood pool and everyone swims together all summer and bbq's and knows each other.



I love these funny cupcakes. I made them for my sweet daughter's seventh birthday. We took a small group of girls out to lunch and it was a sweet intimate birthday party and so much nicer than the big free for all parties we had gotten used to throwing. She had so much fun. We did the same for son- just a small group for a sleepover and they were such nice parties.
All i all I liked that we slowed down a bit this year. We did little things like having candles at every meal and took more weekends away as a family. We had a few curveballs thrown at us but I think we came out feeling pretty good and happy. I like the slowing down thing and so I am going to continue that in 2010. I like feeling like everyday should be a little special. I sincerely hope that 2010 is a wonderful year for everyone!

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

What fun photos! All the cupcakes are soo pretty. Your yard is gorgeous too!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Happy 2010 Mo. Nice to see some summery images on this gray day here in Portland (alhto I do like the rain). Glad the next collection is coming along..how exciting!

Beth said...

Great pictures--I really like the idea of a year in review through photos! 2010 is going to be great!

Maija said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate your birthday!! Happy belated birthday wishes and Happy New Year Mo!!

Diane said...

Happy New Year! What a wonderful post full of beautiful photos. I love the cup cakes for your daughters birthday very cute. And the egg carton garland is a perfect project for mothers with their children. Hope your 2010 is full of surprises! Hugs, Diane

Kim G. said...

happy 2010 indeed! Your photos are lovely! Your back yard is amazing! Dogwoods are my favorite!! The cupcakes are perfect. Perfect!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh it does my cold heart good to see someone enjoying warmth!

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