Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hey everyone!! I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!! I can’t believe it’s going to be 2015.  It seems like just yesterday I started this blog and met so many people through it who have inspired and encouraged me.  At the same time, it feels like I’ve been at this forever!! I consider you all to be a special part of my life so I just wanted to throw up a few pictures of Christmas and say thanks for continuing to be a part of our lives!!

It’s been a crazy year having moved from Texas to Virginia.  It’s been a wonderful Christmas though.  Savannah came home from college to visit for 3 weeks.  That was really wonderful as we’ve all missed her a lot!!

While I was at the airport waiting for Savannah’s flight to come in, I ran into the Runner  up from Season One of the Voice (tv show) at the airport coffee/snack bar.  So that started the Christmas break off in a crazy fashion right there!! I wrote more about that here if you’re interested.

This is a picture of CJ giving Savannah a big hug when she walks in the door.  They had not seen her since July.

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Here are some pictures of Charlotte and Savannah shopping together

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One of Charlotte in her Christmas outfit

 

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This is our new Christmas tree.  I guess I’m all about doing things differently this year!! I got a white Christmas tree.  I always wanted one and that was what I bought this year!

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Here are all my babies together!!!

From left to right:  CJ (10),  Annabelle (14),  Charlotte (11), Savannah (18)

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And here we are all together on Christmas morning

(Yes my son desperately needs a haircut)

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This is a gift Annabelle bought me with her Christmas money! I thought it was very sweet of her to do that.  It really made my day to think that she would spend some of her Christmas money on me.  She knows how much I love turtles especially with their “slow and steady wins the race” motto.  The turtle necklace even came in a little turtle!

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Savannah actually made me this cross.  I thought it was pretty awesome!

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It was my first time  getting to spend Christmas with my best friend Amanda since we moved here.

 

 

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I’ll admit I can’t say I loved looking at myself in these pictures.  It’s hard to see the weight I have gained back knowing that I could have already reached my goal weight 3 or 4 times by now.  I know we’ve all had these experiences.  It’s always hard during the holidays to resist the food temptations as well as the self-hate temptations when you see yourself in pictures not looking your best.  But other things that have happened this year have caused me to realize that there has to be more to life than dwelling on these things.  My good friend, Christina Newman, died right before Halloween from cancer.  One of the things she learned in her cancer struggle was to embrace life instead of letting our weight loss struggles steal every ounce of joy from our experiences.  When she got cancer suddenly that took precedence over worrying about her weight.  Some of us worry what we will look like in Christmas pictures because of extra weight.  But others worry if they will even get to LIVE until Christmas.   This year Christina almost made it to Christmas.  But not quite.  She had to fight her cancer fiercely just to squeeze out another day.  And during her fight she really showed what it meant to be truly grateful for just having another 24 hours to be alive.

How can I sit around dwelling on what my extra pounds look like in a picture when Christina didn’t even make it to Christmas this year?

I know that my issues with my weight must be a priority in my life.  But I also need to work at not letting it squeeze the joy out of my life either.  What matters is that we are still here.  And that we get another day to try again.  And since not everyone in this world DOES get another day at life—we should be grateful for it when we do.

In the meantime we must accept ourselves as we are.  And embrace life with all we have.

I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the best in the New Year!

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Anneli December 31, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!!! Your tree is beautiful and so are you!
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michele December 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Happy New Year!

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Lyn December 31, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I love the message of this post and the joy you share. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!
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Calleigh December 31, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Happy New Year Holly, I hope 2015 brings you wonderful things!
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Nixpix January 1, 2015 at 4:49 am

Merry Christmas. You look so happy with all of your kids. You are very very blessed to have such a wonderful family. I know you mentioned in a recent post that your ex husband said he was divorcing you and not the kids. Do they spend time with him? Is he in their life?

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John (Daddy Runs a Lot) January 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Wow, does Savannah look like you.

Don’t fret about “not liking seeing yourself in pictures”. You’re far too “in tune” with getting yourself in shape that I, truly, believe you’ll be back where you once were (otherwise I wouldn’t come around here, posting these long missives). You’re attractive now — you’ll be attractive when you’re “there,” but the pictures from “then” will help to motivate you when you’re “there”.
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