here I am......"swinging" into the new year......bwahahahaha
One week into the year!
Twenty Twelve they are calling it.
I remember Y2K like it was yesterday, and I just accidentally dated a bill 2003, so it boggles my mind that it is 2012...you know, the year the world is ending, and stuff.
Did you make big resolutions? Have you kept them for the past week?
I think as a "blogger", it is my duty to make one of my first posts of the year all about the goals I want to set......but I have never been big on setting goals at the start of the New Year....borrrrring.
But over the last year I have made a few small changes that I would like to share with you.
I have stopped reading blogs.
(record screeches to a halt!!!!)
What!? Not read blogs?! Isn't that what life is all about? it IS the end of the world!
Well, not completely......I still check in with friend and family blogs so I can stay up to date on their adorable children. I have a few favorite photo/travel/food blogs that I love to drool over the photos (because who doesn't?)
But I have really whittled down my list. For the most part, I find that too many blogs, no matter how adorable or fashionable or creative or popular or absolutely wonderful they may be......they are in no way contributing to a better lifestyle for me. What I get out of them is that I am not doing enough crafts, throwing enough parties with all my fancy friends, wearing a new outfit in every photo I take of myself, dressing my kids adorably enough, wearing my hair pretty enough and making a tutorial of how I made it so impossibly pretty, living in a fancy enough house, organizing every corner of my life, hand making paper for handmade invitations for a handmade birthday party for my baby that isn't born yet, etc. etc. etc.
So I pulled the plug.
Every year at this time of year I wonder why I blog. What a silly thing to do, and why would anyone care what I have to say? But I have made some fantastic new friends with similar interests over the past few years, all because of this tiny little corner of the internet....and I LOVE that! I have found that I love having a place to share my passion for food, living healthy (and making cake), being a mom, exploring outside, and just my general enjoyment of the small things in life. I want to spend my hours living my life and doing things with with my family, not working on trendy new blog worthy content.
That is not living.
That is not living.
All of our lives are full of so many tiny things. I think it is too easy to forget how important these tiny things are when we are constantly bombarded with perfection and grandness all around us.
I love this quote:
"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things"
-Henry Ward Beecher
I try so hard to do this every day.
Life is busy and crazy and fast paced.
But every day I try to look for all the little things around me.
They are the big things.
dance parties in the kitchen.
little hands making messy sandwiches.
a sun ripened tomato.
little things. real things. life.
These are the things I hope I can share with you.
From the food we eat to the mountains we climb, and all the tiniest in-betweens.
We ended our 2011 with two hikes in one week.......could I go on and on and on about this crazy amazing weather? YES!
hike #1. neffs canyon. 50°. slushy trail. rope swing. frozen creek.
On New Year's Eve we headed out in the sunshine for a few hours to admire the mountains we live in.
We came home for cocoa, we rolled sushi for the first time (fun!), ran around with sparklers, and watched a movie--the four of us together on the couch.
We spent New Years Day eating soup and ice cream (contradicting?), playing Uno and a [very heated] game of Monopoly.
hike #2. corner canyon. new year's eve 2011.
What a perfectly simple way to start the year.