Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Pictures & New Year Goals

This is Holly all dressed up for Christmas! Doesn't she look adorable?  She had a great day on Christmas - getting lots of attention - which she loves!

Here's a couple more pictures from the day.  My youngest son, with our pink, little tree in the background.  lol  Here he is with one of his favorite gifts - a Denver Bronco cup. 

Here's a picture of my guys after all the presents being opened.  The pug belongs to my oldest son and the poodle to my youngest son.  Everyone looks good here!

Here is my very special Christmas gift I got from my family.  It's a large picture and it has my favorite hymn on it - "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and birds on it.  My other favorite.  I cried when I saw this! So beautiful!

We went to Christmas Eve services on Saturday and when we got home, I popped in some appetizers for us to nibble on.  We had homemade twice stuffed baked potatoes that I put together the day before, some quiche and shrimp nibbles from Costco.  It was so nice just to relax.  We opened one gift on Christmas Eve, which is our tradition.  Then we watched Christmas movies and just enjoyed our evening.  The service at our church was so wonderful and one of the best Christmas Eve services we've been to in a long time.  The focus was on the One that Christmas is all about and the music was amazing!  I saw so many of my friends and was just totally blessed!

Christmas morning, I put in a ham, made cheesy potatoes and green bean casserole.  We opened our gifts then watched, "Christmas Vacation" together.  Such a lovely, low-keyed day! 

The only down-side to our Christmas was my stupidity in bending over and twisting, "because I'm feeling better and I can."  Can I get a big "DUH" here?  When will I learn to take care with myself?  I've been having the back pain again and called today to schedule another back injection.  I'm so mad at myself because I really had been having days of no pain at all and now I'm in serious pain again.  I am not going to allow it to get me down, though, and am focusing on other things.

One thing I'm working on are my New Year goals.  One of those goals is to write on my blog more consistently and bring you more information.  I also will be finishing up my book and starting on a new project I've been thinking about for quite some time.  I also am going to be working on eating healthier and taking better care of myself.  I get excited about setting goals - how about you?

I hope your Christmas was just as blessed as mine was! How amazing that the Lord would send his Son to be born here on earth so that He could be our Savior and die for our sins.  My heart can barely take this in because it's such an amazing thing!  We have such an amazing God!

God bless you - Julie 


  1. Great pictures!!! I am working on my goals too! I love this week...the one between Christmas and New Year...a time to reflect and then move on! I am excited to see some of your goals...I think we will have some of the same ones....We have a lot in common!

  2. Your dog is so cute all dress up like that! Glad you had a great Christmas.

  3. Awww...doggy dressing is too cute!

    Many blessings for the New Year and prayers continuing for pain to subside.

  4. Holly looks so sweet! Great family photos too!

    Sorry about your hair color. My daughter is a hair stylist and she has suggested using baby shampoo and repeat washing to remove extra color. Don't know if it will work for you ` just passing it along.

    Hope you have a great New Year!


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