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Ringing in the New Year 2017

I found this post from early 2017 in my unpublished drafts. I’m pretty sure I was waiting to get some pictures from friends before sharing it. Melissa and Todd’s beautiful, just a few years old, house was damaged during Hurricane Harvey flooding just nine months later. I know this holiday season will be rough for so many in our community, since very few have fully moved back into their homes. Good riddance to the struggles that came with so many parts of 2017 - I pray that 2018 is a happier year for us all! {Pictures in this post are of the girls the first week of January 2017.} 

My friend Melissa B. throws the best parties! She had four or five families over to ring in the new year and of course I didn’t take a single picture! Bummer, because I liked my outfit and makeup, ha! I really wanted to get a picture of the food though. Everybody knows the food makes a get together, and Melissa’s spread never disappoints. Bacon wrapped water chestnuts and nice cheese plates are her speciality, and this party’s menu had a really good jalapeno popper dip.


Goal Setting For A New Year

NEW was the theme of 2017 for our family.

We moved to a new community, made new friends, started a new school...there were new experiences for everyone.

Georgia is in kindergarten. Harriet changed from a baby to a walking, talking toddler seemingly overnight. I now spend most of my days volunteering at the school, leading a troop of rambunctious little Daisy Girl Scouts, and zooming between our house and the dance studio with my toddler in tow.

It is so easy to get caught up in going and doing, no matter what stage of life you're in.

I want to make 2018 a productive year.

Snow Day In Houston 2017

I never want to forget the look on Georgia's face or the sound of her voice saying, "Thank You God, Thank You for sending snow!" And Baby Sister's giggle is so sweet I think we could record it and send to a toy company for their next baby doll.

Katy TX snow

Playing in the snow Houston TX

Healthy Christmas Lasagna Recipe

I spent a long time searching for the perfect lasagna recipe, and several more years perfecting this one. Now I finally feel I have one to call my own.

If you are looking for a healthy update to a classic recipe that is delicious for serving to company, easy to put together during a busy week, and a warm comfort for a new mom or a friend in need, you will love this Christmas Lasagna recipe. Healthy Low Calorie Christmas Lasagna Recipe A Family Favorite

2017 Christmas Photos

Photos by the talented and creative Estela Giargei. If you are in or near Houston, I highly recommend her.