Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Hello Friends,
Wow! Where did the week go? I can't believe it's been a whole week since the craziness of Christmas and I don't know about you, but I needed that week to recover. The holidays are always a bit stressful but it was a little crazier than usual this year. But that's all over and now it's time to start fresh. I started doing my daily walks again, which I had to forgo due to painting morning, noon and night. I broke out the gardening books to plan out my garden for the spring. I have walked into my studio every day for only a minute or two to do a little cleaning up. I have been spending time with my boys doing fun things like visiting the zoo.

Boys and a friend in front of a zoo mural

It has been a nice few days of sleeping in and no stress. Now it's time to get back to reality and get cracking! I have some ideas for Valentines day so I will be posting some new things soon.

My sister and I have begun plans for our second annual "Sisters Weekend." I'm so excited because we had such a great time last year and this year will be better because we are going to the same place and now we know our way around...I think. This is the little cottage we hope to stay in for the weekend. How sweet is this? Very romantic you say? There will be no romance going on but plenty if silliness and gossiping and large amounts of chocolate:)

It's a B&B called Living Spring Farm in Adamstown, PA which is a huge antique town. The B&B is on a working farm and they have one little private cottage on the grounds that I'm hoping to reserve for us. I hate to admit it but the thing I'm not thrilled about with B&B's is that I have to eat, and talk (gasp) with strangers. The people are always very nice but I'm not very good at small talk and I would just rather not subject myself to that torture on my mini-vacation:)

Here are a few Holiday pictures I wanted to share...

New area rug for living room...

Alex ripping into gifts at a record breaking pace!

Jake opening one of MANY Star Wars goodies...
(please ignore the mess in the background. It's my temporary shipping station that I didn't get to clean up before Santa arrived)

My boys, including my nephew Cooper.

Living room tree

So what do you all have planned for tonight? Parties? A ball? Evening gowns and champagne? Well if you want to hang out in your jammies eating mozzarella sticks and nachos, playing the Wii till midnight and watching the ball drop, feel free to stop on by!

Happy New Year to all!!!!


michelle said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday! Sounds like you have an even more exciting night planned than we do-we are minus the Wii and adding videos. Guess this means we are parents right? Have fun!

Diane Duda said...

I just got my print and what a wonderful gift for the new year! I love it!
I think all my boys have plans for tonight and that Mike and I will be here alone.
Maybe we'll go out to eat. Or not. :)
I got a new area rug too. Mine's in the foyer.
Have a happy, snuggly New Year!

Cris said...

Your pictures are great and your boys are adorable! Looks like you had a great time! My kids (ages 20, 19, and 16) are all going to a party that the kids down the street are having tonght(and their parents are home-YES), so husband and I are having steak and lobster and watching a movie. I remember when the kids were younger having snacks and games all night. That's fun! Have a great time! PS I love the colors in your new rug! Red is so fun!

Jenny said...

thanks for sharing. Like the new rug. I wish I could play with the WII I had to return. I designed my house in a too formal way to hook up a system. uggh.

Oh well jammies and a movie and popcorn probably for me. I am sure I will ring in the new year in my sleep as usual!

elma said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful christmas!! Love the rug and your color on the wall. So nice and happy:) Have a blessed new year!!

Anonymous said...

what color are the other two walls in your living room? cool colors!

sMacThoughts said...

What beautiful children you have! Happy belated Christmas, and Happy New Year. I also have sister time every year and it is complete silly fun-ness. :)

Sandy Mastroni said...

Happy New Year Tracy !
I'm sitting here putting keepy stuff on etsy and eating PIE

CourtneyP said...

Happy New Year !!!! Glad your back!

julie king said...

delightful photos of your home and family! i'm going to check out that b&b. it looks very charming.

hope, peace, love and joy to you in 2009 . . . and happy creating as well.

Trevlyn said...

Happy New Year! What fun family pictures and I love your tree and red room!

Flor Larios Art said...

The rug is beutiful and the whole area is pretty. Love the colors!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!

mystele said...

happy new year!!!