Monday, December 30, 2013

The Blog

I hope your holiday season is going well!
Things are good here, but extremely busy.
The kids are off school until January 6, so I don't seem to have a lot of free time to myself.
I did want to stop by and take a little time today to let you know a few things.

1. I am up on the Paper Issues blog today with a short post.

2. Christmas went well.
Erin was able to see Santa despite the crowds. And we did lots of fun things like bake sugar cookies and visit with family.
Out of all her gifts, I think this was her favorite :) Forget the big Lego Friend Yacht. Doesn't compete with Mike W. from Monsters Inc.!
Evan did well for himself, too, but he is still not to fond of  me posting his photo these days, so I am respecting that.

3. And as for the blog. I am doing a lot of thinking on how I want to use it this upcoming year. 2014 is going to be a year of change and setting goals for myself. I know I will still be blogging and scrapbooking. But I also know I am going to be focusing even more on "healthy living" and working my way back into teaching. So it will be all about choices and balance. More on that next week when I get back to blogging more regularly. :)

Sorry I have not been visiting blogs as much. That will be back on schedule next week as well. Taking time this week to enjoy having Mike and the kids home full time despite the upheaval to our schedule. It's a good thing!

Happy New Year!!!


  1. I LOVE Mike!!!!! Great photos!!! Glad you had a great Christmas!!!!

  2. I can totally understand Erin loving Mike, he is my favourite from Monsters Inc too. You really have had a busy time, not surprised you have not had much time for blogging. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season and hope you have a very happy and healthy New Year! Hugs, Anne x

  3. Happy New Year Mary Jo! Love that Mike! :) Sounds like you've been busy, busy! Enjoy the rest of the time off with the kids. I'm contemplating my blog schedule for 2014 too because something have to give. I can't do as much as I want to do and there's so much more going on now. I'm not giving it up....but just can't be as active either. You are not the only one.

  4. Good for you spending time with the kids - enjoy it!! We'll all be here! :)

  5. Glad that you all had a nice Christmas and have been enjoying time together! Wishing you all a wonderful new year filled with much laughter and love! :)

  6. Glad to hear your family had a great Christmas, Mary Jo! And I have to admit, I wouldn't mind having one of those Mike stuffed toys myself!! :) Looking forward to what you'll be Blogging in 2014!

  7. It sounds like a wonderful Christmas!
    Wishing you all a very Happy new year

  8. Glad to hear you guys had a good Christmas. The kids are having a wonderful break, my Mike is home now too and I go back to work on Thursday. It's so different with everyone home for more than just a weekend. I'm trying to figure my blog out too. I have let my creating slide, so I don't have a lot to post and that's most of my problem. I need to reevaluate and I'm thinking three days a week may work for me, which was what I was trying to do before the big basement move/holidays :) Hope you guys have a great New Year's Eve!

  9. Seems like so many of us are re-evaluating our blogging. Hope we can all stay connected!
    Glad you had a good Christmas-my little guy got the Sully to match your Mike W! I'll have to take a picture of him with it and post it to the blog. :)

  10. Sounds like you had a super holiday. Fun pics! Wishing you a wonderful new year!

  11. Enjoy the break and your family, there will be time for blogging later! Happy New Year!

  12. Sounds like a perfect Christmas spent with your family :)
    Your daughter looks so happy with her little monster :)
    Happy New year to you and your family :)

  13. Love all of the pictures and I love Mike too!
    Glad you are taking some time to spend with your family Im doing the same thing so Im only blogging once a week or eery 11 or 12 days.
    Happy New Year!!! ;)

  14. Erin looks so big! Wow, it won't be much longer before she doesn't want to do the Santa photos :)

  15. That Mike is bigger than her! Happy new year my friend!

  16. I'm so glad to hear that you all had a wonderful Christmas! Mike is my favorite from Monsters, Inc. But I loooove Billy Crystal!

    I also took a break from blogging and visiting lately, with Christmas and being home and then AJ have a few days off last week, it just wasn't happening!

    Heading off to Paper Issues to see your post there!