Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Looking Back and Pressing On

Happy New Year! Before I can begin 2008 with a clear conscience, I must deal with some remnants still hanging around from 2007.

The winners of the HP Photo Book Giveaway are comment #4, Stephanie from Stephanie's Mommy Brain, and #32, Candi at All Day Night. Congrats!

I never did a wrap up post from Katrina's Fall into Reading Challenge, but did I read--indeed, I did! I read quite a few books for my 5 Minutes for Books column at 5 Minutes for Mom. I posted reviews for 10 books that I actually read all the way through over that period, and got started on two others that will be featured soon. There were several that I really enjoyed. I also read several novels that I didn't review, although . Per usual form, over my Christmas trip I was able to read one book on prayer that I loved, and will be featuring this week at 5 Minutes for Mom, as well as half of a new memoir that my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas. Also per usual, Terry, Amanda and I filled our suitcases with books purchased at Half-Price Books in Houston. There are several that I can't wait to dig into.

Our Christmas visits were nice. Very busy, but nice. We drove to my in-laws' house and saw Terry's brother and sister and their families, along with Terry's grandparents who had flown in from Texas. Then we left there by plane and flew to Texas to be with my family for Christmas, seeing my Dad, Mom, sister and her family and my grandmother, as well as my cousin visiting from England and her new baby. Then we flew back to Virginia, stayed another day and a half and came home yesterday. Whew! See why I Closed for the Season? The kids got great gifts. It was definitely a theme year for both of them. About 75% of each of their hauls were Thomas (for Kyle) and penguins (for Amanda), and they were thrilled!

We had a quiet New Year's Eve and have had just as quiet a New Year's Day. Today begins a series that I am writing at 5 Minutes for Mom called New Habits in the New Year. Check in every day for giveaways and informational posts relating to some of the ways that many of us try to change as the calendar switches over to the new year. I still have unpacking to do, laundry to do, and of course daily posts through the 9th at 5 Minutes for Mom, but hopefully I'll be able to come up with something to post here before another couple of weeks passes by! In the meantime, you will find me here:


New Habits in the New Year

7 comments:

Heather said...

Happy New Year!
Sounds like a full- and fun-packed holiday. I love time with family.

Dianne said...

Welcome back, Jennifer! Sounds like you had a busy holiday. OUr New Year's day has been pretty quiet and I like it that way . . .

Stephanie said...

Yippee!! Thanks so much!

Sounds like you've been a busy girl!!!

Susanne said...

Nice that you got to see both sides of the family for Christmas!

Andrea said...

Happy New Year!!

Katrina said...

Glad you're back! Our New Year's was very quiet, which turned out to be a good thing, since I've been sick on and off since Saturday. Oh, and I can forgive you for not doing a wrap-up post for FIR '07, but in return, you should have picked my name for a photo book. :) Just kidding.

Candi said...

Thanks so much for the book!! I can't wait to get it installed and get to work!!