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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to 2011!

When I went to bed last night, it was 2010... when I woke up this morning, it was 2011. So far, it's felt like any other Saturday morning - I didn't want to get out of bed, but as soon as Lily started screaming "MAAMMMAAA" at the top of her lungs over and over, I realized I had to drag myself out of bed and fix some breakfast.


I don't know about you, but I'm very much looking forward to all things that 2011 brings. 2010 has been a great year for our family... new jobs, new family members, old friends, new friends, many answered prayers, and lots of new memories. But I think 2011 is going to be so much better. I look forward to getting more involved with the church, community, entertaining more, reading more, spending more time outside.... I also want to start cooking more and attempt to be more organized. I have a few projects I am also ready to tackle around the house. Oh! And to take more pictures! 


So, let's catch up now. November was an OK month... Lily was pretty sick. She had Salmonella poisoning and was really sick for about a week. At the same time she had a mild case of chickenpox. Fortunately, she was all better in time for Thanksgiving. We celebrated Thanksgiving at my grandparents house. It was a smaller crowd that usual, but it was a very nice day. We also visited with Papa Charlie. Unfortunately, Papa's health has recently been declining. 


December was a much better month. Lily hasn't really been sick this past month, which has been a relief. She's recently had a touch of a cold, but no fever or anything. Just a little congestion. We have really been enjoying our newest family member, Gabriella. She is a sweet, sweet baby! She is already a great sleeper, has a full head of hair, and holds her head up amazingly well. She's definitely ahead of the game. It looks like we're going to have 2 very bright and beautiful girls. 


Christmas was a ton of fun! Lily has really enjoyed Santa this year. Mom and Dad have a life-size singing and dancing Santa that Lily has become good friends with. She loved to dance along with Santa! 


We missed Nana and Grandpa (Nathan's parents) this year. It just wasn't the same and it's been too long since we've seen them. I know Lily misses them (we do too!). However, we were able to Skype while Lily opened her presents. Some of Lily's gifts included a dollhouse, an art easel, a few new "babies," a pink trike, a table and chairs, lots of books, a boo-boo bear.... 


We were also lucky to enjoy a little snow that came our way the day after Christmas! Lily wasn't feeling her best that day, so we didn't spend too much time outside. But she did get to enjoy the snow for a short bit. Who would have thought, one week after snow, we would be enjoying 70 degree weather? Only in South Carolina will you have snow on your back porch one day and enjoying Spring-like weather the next (on New Years Day, no less!) Love it!


And today, for New Years, we spent the afternoon at Mom and Dad's with Alice and Gabriella. We ate our greens and peas... well Nathan ate double for me. And Alice definitely ate a bunch. We're all hoping for a high cash flow this year. :) But, regardless of what happens, we are blessed beyond our wildest dreams. It is so easy to take life for granted. It's easy to forget that it can all be taken away in a quick minute. Life is about the memories you make, the people you meet, the time you spend with your family. It's not about money and things. I thank God every day for my amazing parents, my awesome sister, my loving husband, my beautiful Lily, my wonderful in-laws and my incredible friends. My life would have no meaning without these special people. 


I'm sorry to say that I will not be posting any pictures with this blog post. Most of you, if not all of you, are my friends on Facebook and therefore see all of my pictures anyways.


I hope you all have a happy, healthy and FUN year! Thank you for being a part of my life! 


Love,


Claire