Happy New Year on this snowy, cold New Year’s Day here in Colorado!
Can you believe it is 2022??
I remember being in 6th grade and writing a paper that included a drawing of what I thought the world would be like in 2022.
I found it the other day. Guess what?! My predictions were totally wrong.
I drew a picture of us all living in trees (ha) and having flying cars. Trees? Really?? I clearly didn’t understand the assignment.
This New Year’s Day isn’t happy for so many people who lost everything they own in the fires here near Boulder on Thursday. 600+ homes and businesses were completely destroyed. The videos were just heartbreaking to see! My heart goes out to everyone who lost their homes and businesses. The city of Superior was established 100 years ago as a mining town and lost the 100 year old buildings and all of that history was burned to the ground. It is considered to be the most destructive fire (monetarily) in the history of Colorado!
Was 2021 kind to you? It was ok to me. Kind of a hard year. The end was really hard and all of my plans for gingerbread houses, little projects and decorating fun just went out the window when I found out my husband’s cancer medication is no longer working and we have to move him on to something else to give him more time. Last year at this time his cancer was all but gone and his doctor thought he was in remission. But then the cancer came back. And I don’t know why insurance companies have to make everything so hard. Like having cancer isn’t hard enough.
We are all doing the best we can. If you are struggling through anything, you’re doing an amazing job just getting through.
Also, be kind and take care of one another. We have no idea what people are going through.
For those prayer warriors here, please keep our family in your prayers. It has been a 5 year battle of surgeries and drugs and an endless roller coaster of emotions….. and we are tired.
On to sweet things: We had a beautiful Christmas with our kids. Everyone was home and so happy. Even though we live close to eachother, life and work keeps everyone so busy so it was nice to just be together and have hanging out and laughing be the only thing we had to do!
This was the first year our daughter’s fiancé spent Christmas with us. He usually goes home for the holidays, but this year he was here. He is Bulgarian so I surprised him and made a traditional Bulgarian Christmas Bread from scratch – Koledna Pitka.
It was pretty, but wasn’t not good, lol. Not at all.
He was so touched that I did that, that it didn’t matter if it was terrible. We made a plan to perfect it for next year – together.
So let that be a lesson, in whatever you do, it really IS the thought that counts!
Every year “Mrs. Claus” gives the kids Christmas pajamas.
Does she come to your house, too?
It has always been a tradition since the kids were little and, even though some of my kids are almost 30, they still love it!
And that makes me love it.
This is a pic with my girls. The boys were less enthusiastic about having their photo taken in matching jammies.
I have a tip for you, buy your jammies for next Christmas THIS year. You can get them on supersale and you will be one step ahead for next year!
We had a fun get together with a few friends. An early, sweatpants, New Year’s Eve celebration and I brought these appetizers...YUM!
They were a huge hit and just the perfect, bite size starter for the evening. You will definitely want to try them some time! They are so easy! Easier than Bulgarian Christmas bread!
I always choose a word for the new year. Do you?
I didn’t get to do one in 2021. Not sure why. Let’s blame it on Covid.
You can read my word for 2020 here
I encourage you to choose one and focus on it. It gives you some perspective and helps you create goals you want to achieve.
I am working on my word for 2022 and will be posting it this week along with the reason why and how I can make my goals for the year align with it!
I would love for you to share YOUR word for 2022 with me. You can tag me over on IG @aprilcolleen. I would love to hear it!
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy 2022.