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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ringing in the New Year!

Are the holidays really over? Wow, they went by so fast. As a mom making sure everyone has a wonderful time during the holidays can be exhausting. It seems like there are so many things to do to prepare and it’s over in a matter of hours. Most moms I know are very busy making the holidays special for their kids and family. Hours are spent decorating the house, mailing Christmas cards, shopping for presents, wrapping presents, looking at lights, baking cookies and attending parties. It is all just part of the holiday hustle and bustle.

This year I had to be more prepared because my December was so packed. I am not one for having tons to do, but it just ended up that way. I think, no matter how prepared you are there are always last minute things to do and gifts to buy.

The past few months I have been taking a Real Estate class and had the exam a week before Christmas, so I was studying every chance I had. I don't think I ever studied so hard for an exam, even when I was in college. You can only pass or fail the Real Estate test. I passed and to say I was excited is an understatement!

I also was given the task by my mom to plan a family celebration for my dad's surprise 70th birthday out of town in Orlando. Planning for 19 is not an easy task especially since my dad's birthday is two days before Christmas and everyone is in holiday mode. His birthday was spectacular and everything went off without a hitch.

After celebrating with my dad and my family, we were off to celebrate out of town again with my husband's family.

You see why I had to be prepared this year. No time for my last minute shopping. I actually bought most of my kids presents and found awesome deals on Black Friday. I was so thankful for online shopping which worked out great.

Now that the new year is upon us and I reflect over the past year, I see how important it is to really enjoy the time we have with our family. My husband and I are so fortunate to have both  sets of parents alive. This year, I have seen so many of my friends parents have passed away. It makes me appreciate the time I have with them.

This past year has come and gone, just like the holidays.

The kids continue to get bigger and time doesn’t stop. We have to cherish every minute we have. We have to make each day count. As we get ready for the new year, enjoy every day and cherish your family and friends. Welcome 2017, as a new year with lots of hope and love!

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