Between juggling internet, enjoying family, welcoming a new baby into the world (not mine I mind you), and just taking in this little thing called, life, I haven’t been doing much blogging. I know this. I have started blog posts without finishing them. I started to blog on New Years Eve at 11 pm or so saying, “In an hour, the clock with tick and strike midnight and a new year will be here. A subtle excitement fills me but nothing substantial it really means nothing but a new year. The world won’t change, nothing will be life altering, and we won’t feel any different. I’m not trying to be scruge-like about the new year but it’s true. New years is great, don’t get me wrong and I think that we all celebrate it so much before of a little thing called, Hope. We hope that the new year will be better, bring more blessing, new starts and something within us will just feel a tad-bit renewed.” That’s where I ended the post, to go and finish playing Mexican Train with two of our dearest friends to pass the time until about 5 until midnight to watch the ball drop. There is something about the ball dropping, and the excitement of the TV that pulls you in and excites you a little more. Then the countdown go small, and midnight struck…Happy New Year, shared a kiss for the New Year and the excitement surpassed. Funny isn’t it? We stay up late celebrating with friends, way past what most of us would be up until just to share that one special moment of hope. A new beginning, the new beginning of a year.
I was taking the dogs out the other night, it was Sunday night after we had spent the weekend with my family that was from out of town. We had just found out my brother’s girlfriend just had her baby and I was letting out the dogs to finally call it a night and pull my self into bed. The air was chilly but I was bundled in my coat which is such a great feeling – I must admit it’s one of my favorites to feel snug and a warm when the rest of the world is cold. The air smelled of burning wood from the wood burning fireplace in the garage piping out the puffs of smoke to keep the hunting dogs warm in the garage. The sky was clear and the world was still. I stopped to take it all in. The simplicity and the beauty of life. I took in the world around me. The ice covered the sidewalk below my feet, the air was cold, the sky was clear and still, the air smelled of campfire and all I could hear were the tags of my dogs collars as they wandered around the yard. Life was beautiful and perfect in that moment. I can’t say that I have any particular new years resolutions this year, I just really haven’t had the desire for making any, but this is something that I have really thought about that I need to get better at! I’m good at being grateful for what I have, not taking things for granted all the time, and being optimistic, but I realized that I need to take time every single day to notice the little things that I wouldn’t normally, or that are just normal routine. The smells that I adore and take me back, the moments I get caught in with my husband that still take my breath away and make me fall in love with him all over again, the looks for my pups that just scream, please come love me or just one more belly rub!