Holiday Stories and Warm Wishes - FamilyEducation
Holiday Stories and Warm Wishes
12/30/2008 at 14:36 PM

Hi all!

I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!

I also thought it wld be fun to share holiday stories and New Year's resolutions.

For us, this was a very special yr. Through all our struggles, this season has somehow brought our family closer together. My husband and I have decided to turn over a new leaf, placing emphasis on a fresh positive outlook for 2009.

A funny story: Our boys were playing in the snow, when one of them lost his boot. He immediately started whining. Our older son took notice of this, found the boot and buried it deep in the snow. To get back at him, our little guy grabbed his brother's glove and threw it across the yard. In doing this, they both fell over into the snow.
My husband caught the whole thing on video. Once inside, we all sat down to watch the tape. It was funny to watch, and even the kids laughed.
Life is too short. Enjoy the little moments, and try not to sweat the small stuff.

Happy New Year!!

Thank you for the wishes, concerned! I'm glad I clicked and read your post.

I had been so busy with our New Year's Day party preparations, that I had not taken time to stop and reflect on the past year and think of resolutions for the coming year.

Reading your post made me think of my mom, who died just before the holidays several years ago. But don't feel bad, because your post made me smile with the memory of her!

Why I thought of her reading your post is because she was known for always saying "Don't sweat the small stuff!" much as you wrote at the end of your post.

So I think I will try to make that my resolution, in my mom's memory.

A story? Well, since I am thinking of my mom, here's one about her. I remember being really sad, missing my mom while driving to work a couple of weeks after she died. She left us very suddenly and unexpectedly, and so I didn't get a chance to talk to her before she died. Just then, on the radio the song "I Hope You Dance" came on, and I felt like it was my mother talking to me, giving me her wishes on how to live my life. You see, she loved, loved, loved to dance. It was her "thing". Although it made me teary, it also made me feel good. I still always think of her when I hear that song.

"...And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance...I hope you dance."

So I think that will be my other resolution or motto for this coming year! Sometimes I am inclined to just skip things, or "sit it out", but I will try to push myself to "dance"! :o)


Thank you concerned! I love to put the old videos on and see my grown boys so innocent and chilly faced!! My boyfriend and I have decided that our resolution is to practice better discipline in 2009. This will range from eating to parenting. We gathered for the holiday and we played a game where family members pair up to wrap a present faster than their opponents. The twist was each person must keep one hand behind his/her back, forcing us to work together! It was hilarious!! May 2009 be a happy and accomplished year for all who read this!!!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season so far. My inlaws all came in for the holidays and we had them for about a week. And then my family all came over on Christmas Day, so my daughter had all her living grandparents and her aunts and uncle there, pretty cool. We had a very nice time with lots of family time. My father and my father-in-law had very trying years medically so it was great that they were both here and healthy! I don't know what my New Year's Resolution will be, probably just to be the best wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend I can be--to tell everyone I love them and spend more time with all of them. Marti