Saturday, January 2, 2010


(I'm afraid I let the holidays overwhelm me, and I have had some trouble getting back to my blog. I'm so sorry I haven't visited all of my favorite blogs. If I'd known I was going to take a little break, I would have let you know, but since the break was accidental, I couldn't notify you. Every night, I thought I would be able to visit blogs tomorrow, but the next night came, and I still had not been able to visit blogs. I'll be back "in the groove" soon and will come catch up on your blog postings. Thank you for understanding.)

Welcome to our wild and crazy New Year's celebration!

I always get my Christmas decor put up before New Year's Eve. Since we have a real tree, after I take off the ornaments, my husband and son get the tree out of the house. One year, 20 or so years ago, due to a work situation, my husband was unable to get the tree out before New Years, so I decorated the tree for New Years. It has now become a tradition to have at least one New Year's tree. My grandchildren love decorating the NY tree, because all you do is throw as much "stuff" on the tree as you can! New Year's decor can be tacky and crazy, because that's what New Years is all about. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!


susan said...

I thought you were just resting up after all your Christmas entertaining and here you are at it again--you party animal you!! And you were entertaining such precious guests...and the puppy--what kind?? I think you had the best kind of New Years! Happy happy and healthy 2010 to you!

vignette design said...

Happy New Year Laurie! Glad to see you rang in the new year in style. I think of anyone better to party with than grandkids and puppy! Your pictures and mosaics are so entertaining. --Delores

Dixie said...

Laurie... Happy New Year! (your celebration was a great deal wilder than ours... we are not party animals... farmers have to get up with the sun ya know!)

blessings. Dixie

Carol said...

Happy 2010 Laurie! I so look forward to reading your blog in the new year!

Hugs & Love,

Mellodee said...

We,too, had our New Year's Eve celebration with our granddaughter (no puppy tho!). May just be the best New Year's I've ever had!!

In fact, this must be a secret you don't figure out until you actually are a Grandmother! All those years searching for the big New Year's Party with the best guy, the best dress, the best party, the best "high"....What a waste of time! Grandmas and Grandpas and grandkids are the very best it could ever be!! (Shhhh, don't tell anyone under 50!!)

Happy New Year!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Good to hear from you Laurie! Looks like you had a wonderful time ringing in the new year! We were watching a Christmas movie when the firecrackers started! Kissed each other and resumed the movie!!


Cathy said...

Hi Laurie!!!

I just wanted to pop in and wish you and your family a Happy New year!!! I am so looking forward to 2010!!!


Cathy said...

Hi Laurie!!!

I just wanted to pop in and wish you and your family a Happy New year!!! I am so looking forward to 2010!!!


carolinajewel said...

Laurie, You took the words out of my mouth about not being able to visit and having an unplanned break. The holidays are so busy!

I love all your NYE decorations. Really love your vintage cards (I think I say that every new holiday, but it's true!) Your wild and crazy guests are just precious! :D Jewel

Kathleen said...

Glad you were just busy celebrating the holiday..
Your gkids are adorable..
A very quiet NYE here in the snow..cleared enough to get to a family reunion yesterday , and today, another storm!
Blessings in the new year!

mbkatc230 said...

What a great way to spend New Years! Your grands are adorable, and that puppy is precious! I love the New Year tree idea, how fun. Hope you have a wonderful New Year Laurie! Hugs, Kathy

Stacey said...

Happy New Year! Looks like y'all had fun. I'm ready for some normalcy, aren't you?

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Laurie, Happy New Year! I've been the same way about blogging lately. I think after I get all of this Christmas stuff put away and Chase back in school I can get back to normal life again! I'm ready...the Holidays kept me really busy, as I'm sure all of us were. I hope you are having a great start to the new year! Kristen

Cote de Texas said...

looks like you had fun!!!
happy new years to you and yours!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laurie,
Happy New Year!!! I am loving the New Year decor, and your guests are just the cutest! Those pics are great, love your header, you are amazingly talented my dear! Can I be you when I grow up???? LOL! I posted my 1 year anniversary post, come by when you can! Hugs, Cindy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I like your idea of celebrating the new year,Laurie! We caught the TCM Thin Man marathon. Fell asleep,woke up, fell asleep, woke up.....

Happy New Year!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! Looks like you had the same kind of guests for New Year's Eve as I did. Only my Grands and I did not make it til midnight! :)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You are party animals.. I believe you had some of the best guests there can be... Happy New Years !!!
hugs ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You are party animals.. I believe you had some of the best guests there can be... Happy New Years !!!
hugs ~lynne~

Calming Scents said...

LoL, I smiled when I saw your floor picture. What a great post. We to had our granchildren and granddog for New Years Eve. Sadly, we were all in bed snoring by 10:30. We did tape Dick Clarks New Years Eve and for breakfast we watched the ball drop.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Yes --- we always suspected that you had a wild streak in you! I bet your grands have the most fun of all!

Sarah said...

Laurie, looks like a lot of fun! Love the idea of a New Year's tree. Cute grands and beautiful note. Thank you! You know I feel the same. I'm at work on a post for Blue Monday and Mosaic Monday and Three or More Tuesday. Hope to have it up in a few hours. I'm sharing the thoughtful gift you sent me as a thank you. I hope you'll stop by later.
Been thinking about you during the holidays. I feel so blessed that we had time for lunch and a good visit when you came through town. Let's plan another one sometime in 2010!
Hugs ~ Sarah

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Sweet Laurie! A New Years Tree.....hmmm, what about a St. Patricks Tree? Yepper, some years it's been March before I've got my tree down. My Beloved just loves the lights and sometimes I can't get him to let me take it down earlier. :) Love your New Years decorations! You be blessed! ~CC Catherine

xinex said...

Oh how fun, Laurie! I am sure the grands had a blast. What a way to greet the Happy New Year!...Christine

The Tablescaper said...

That's a of New Year's decorations. I don't think I've ever seen so many New Year's decorations in one place. I particularly love that cup 'o kindness!

- The Tablescaper