January 8, 2020

Happy New Year 2020!

We enjoyed the week in between Christmas and New Years so much, that before we knew it, it was New Year's Eve! During the day we prepared and rested, and soon it was time for Mass. After a lovely mass, we returned home and began preparing a most delicious dinner for the kids and their guests. Steve and I felt so blessed because although the older kids could have gone out to dinner, they chose to stay home with us to ring in the new year. 

Steve and I decided to prepare a special meal for all of them so Steve grilled some deliciously seasoned steaks and we served green bean casserole and a baked potato bar for them! Then Steve and I sat at the breakfast bar and watched them all talk, laugh, and eat together. I thought back to when Steve and I were dating and newly married. Back then, we celebrated New Year's Eve with our parents, and suddenly, in the blink of an eye, we are the parents. As my mom always says, "Life is but a dream!"

After dinner, we played some games and then enjoyed Peyton's amazing chocolate cake for dessert. Before we knew it, the ball was dropping, and we welcomed a new year and a new decade together. 

New Year's Day was calm and cozy. I made a late brunch because older kids sleep late! I put together a French Toast bar with syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. I cleaned up and declared that I was off duty for the rest of the day! Good thing, because Steve and Madison prepared the most delicious meal of pork, sauerkraut, hotdogs, mashed potatoes, and dumplings. While all of this was happening, I was snuggled in my bed with the Twilight Zone Marathon. I do realize that I can watch that show every day of the year, but for some reason, it just isn't the same!

New Year's Day officially ends our family holiday season which began way back on Thanksgiving Day with the Macy's Parade. I hope you all have a happy, blessed, healthy, and cozy new year! Thank you for visiting!


  1. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Billie Jo. smiles

  2. So much love in these photos. I know that you enjoyed your time with the family. Traditions are precious to me too! Have a blessed day dear friend and new year ahead! HUGS!

  3. I know you had a good New Years celebration because your family was with you. Hope 2020 is the best ever for all of you. Peyton's cake is WOW!

  4. Wow -I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way you and your family do holidays, Billie Jo! Such wonderful traditions = great memories. Your pictures are great! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day!

  5. Happy New year, more dust balls this year please.....

  6. Sounds perfect! That chocolate cake looks so delicious. <3

  7. What a lovely New Year's Eve and Day! It looks and sounds just perfect!

  8. Billie Jo.. Tony and I have always done Christmas big style. After reading your post I think we might be doing the very next New Year big style too from now on. You have made it sound amazing.

  9. Idyllic just wonderful Billie Jo the love shines through.

  10. Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to good times in 2020! :)

  11. Billie Jo, if i had only one word to describe this post it would be 'Perfect". What a wonderful feeling to know that our children like being with us and sharing special occasions with us!. I just couldn't keep my eyes off that chocolate cake, it looks so delicious.~smile~
    Your Moms quote is priceless,
    Have you thought about adopting me?
    Thank you for your visit and sweet comment.
    Happy New Year to you and your dear family!

  12. Hi Billie Jo~

    What a great way to start the new year!! I can hardly believe that Flynn is almost as tall as her sisters...they grow up so fast! You have such a beautiful family and I always love it when you share them with us. I've always believed that the family that plays together, stays together, and you guys play well together!! Payton's cake is just beautiful! Happy New Year, Billie Jo!!

    Hugs and Love,

  13. What a lovely New Year. So wonderful to ring in 2020 with your people in such a fabulously you celebration.

  14. Such great photos! That cake looks divine! And the French toast...yum!

    Yes, indeed, in the blink of an eye, we are the parents. yesterday, I was hanging out with some young moms from my church. I was the "older woman" in the group. Wasn't it just yesterday that I was the thirty-something mom of little ones? Now I am the pseudo-grandma to everyone else's little ones.

    Madison's plaid pants are beautiful! I love them!

    Happy new year, my friend!

  15. I love how you celebrate New Year’s Eve and day. What a blessing to have such great kids who want to stay and celebrate with mom and dad. That says a lot!

  16. It looks like you all had a wonderful time! I only lasted until about 10pm on New Years. That cake looks incredible! xx Susan

  17. That New Year's cake looks fabulous! And the French toast looks Yummy with all the goodies on there. What a wonderful time you had ringing in the new year. Great family photos. I love Flynn's soft furry coat, gold purse, and her smile. It is a sweet and humble smile, which I appreciate. : )



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