Shine's Thyme

Daily ramblings of a ridiculously happy housewife and mother. Come in and see how sweet life can be!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Time to stop.....and start again.

For the last two days, I have been in the twilight zone. After the busyness of Christmas, we decided to take the youngest kiddos and head to the mountains. It is amazing girls. We were literally only 15 miles or so from our home, but it felt like another planet. It was 15 miles up into the mountains....where there is nothing. No wi-fi, no cable, barely any cell service. Wow. I had almost forgotten how it feels to go "off grid". I must say, I love my wi-fi. I can do without television.....all the latest gadgets...but I want my computer. Weird. I never thought I'd say that. I always felt like I could be a million miles away from anyone or anything and be perfectly content, but I really had to work on it:) I did enjoy my quiet time with my Beloved, I was just very ready to get back home. Now that I'm back to the real life:)....time to think about a new year and all the hopes and dreams that come with it. As I look back on last year's New Year's ambitions, I'm a little encouraged...kinda sorta, in a way:) I did manage to accomplish some of my goals....and hey! we do the best we can..right? Here's what I managed to actually get done.

I did get new window treatments for my dining room
I did get a mantle for my stone fireplace!!
I did go on a diet and lost 28 lbs! I had major cosmetic dental work done that I had put off for WAY too long, and I started going to get my hair done professionally! (These 3 things were probably the most major)
I finished lots of projects
I made 4 quilts and helped Anna with 2
I knit one pair of socks

So see...I DID make a little progress!!

Now, for 2012
I want to spend more time in God's word.
I want to spend more quality time with my family.
As far as projects
I REALLY want to give my kitchen a facelift..she's tired:)
Strip wallpaper in Anna's bedroom/bathroom and paint/redecorate.
Paint my bedroom...MAYBE reconfigure the master bath
Strip, replace boards, and repaint our deck (MAJOR)
Four quilts.
Knit two pairs of socks
Knit a beautiful cashmere scarf
Take a spinning class...for my spinning wheel:)

Glory! That's alot!!! Oh well! I'll do my best:)
Now I leave you with my last Christmas shots....and a blessing and a prayer for you my sweet friend. I pray God's favor will shine on you and He will BLESS you abundantly.

Much love~~Shine


Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you for the blessing and prayer. What a cozy home with all the festive decorations. I hope the New Year brings you much joy, my friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Sounds to me your going to be busy girl. I love the box with the greens, and that buffet is gorgeous too. Have fun!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Whoa! You sure did accomplish A LOT! Good for you and congrats on loosing 28 lbs. That's wonderful.
Your Christmas pictures are truly beautiful.

Letitia said...

Wow, Tamie. How did I know know you lost 28 lbs. Forgive me for not paying attention. I am not the most observant of people! I lost 18, but unfortunately not being able to exercise this summer and fall, I've gained 5 back. :P

Great on all you got done. I'm not sure how with your schedule. My to-do list came to a screeching halt in July, but hey! we got a wedding checked off this list. :)

Your home, as always, looks like a magazine layout. I am glad you are able to surround yourself with the things you love.

Hoping we can all still get together here next week.
Love you!