Friday, December 31, 2010

Caffeinated Randomness - Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar


What started as having a quiet New Year has become a large family gathering.  It all started when I was pregnant with Nicole.  We didn't know what to do, but wanted to do something, so we decided to spend New Year's Eve with my in laws eating Olliebollen.  I think I ate a whole bowl by myself and did not make any apologies for it.  We spent Nicole's first New Years at her Oma and Opa's and again it was pretty quiet.

The third year, however, was the year the tradition started that at least 4/8 of my husband's siblings would be at my in laws every New Years.  It became a large fun family gathering (except the year the deep fryer wouldn't keep the heat).   The kids play in the basement, while the adults talk, play games and watch the end of year hockey game which usually includes our favourite team, the Edmonton Oilers.  This always leads to some good rivalries.

This year we get to attend and I'm excited to see everyone and catch up.  I'm also excited to for the kids to see their Oma and Opa.  They adore their grandparents and I know it is highly reciprocated.  I also am looking forward to the Olliebollen as my husband has a rule that we can only eat it on New Years Eve (there have been times that I've cheated!).  

I'm looking forward to 2011 and all that it has in store for all of us.  I don't have resolutions for year, but I will be working on goals through the 3 in 30 project.  So January I will be working on:

1.  Working out 30 minutes/day at least 5 times a week;
2.  Read my bible daily in the Bible in 90 Days Challenge;
3.  Clean out and organize Nicole's Room  - Don't ask - this is something I've been avoiding for months. 

I hope that everyone of you have a great New Year's Eve and spend it with the ones you love.  I would love to hear what you're resolutions are so that I can pray for you this year and encourage you each in what you would like to accomplish in the New Year. 


kendal said...

i finally drummed up some resolutions. since i'm a teacher, i think more of starting over in late august than early january. but...i am committed to memorizing 24 verses of scripture through beth moore's group and clicking on at least four new-to-me blogs each week.

Tiffini said...

I am working on my new year post which will be live tomorrow and if your linky is still open I will share it!
LOVE the words oma and opa..I want my grandkids to call me oma!:) Happy New Years!

Jen said...

Love the resolutions, Michelle! I will be praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks for reminding me about the clothes - ugh! I think I will save that one for February break!

Donnetta said...

Great goals! Happy New Year!!

Kela said...

Michelle, thank you for your prayers for me! I know that God will send just the women that I'm to connect with.
I read a little over at Andrea's blog about your Bible Babes group. Awesome! =)
That'll be me and a few other Bible Babes one day. ;)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I've never had Olliebollen but they sound delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I just posted some photos of palm trees covered in snow for you!

Ellen said...

Stopping by from 3 in 30! Praying we all accomplish much more than our lists, but a closer walk and knowledge of God. Praying for you. ~ Ellen

Kara said...

Great goals! The 90 day Bible challenge is going to be great for you...I did it last fall & am mentoring this time around.

Allison said...

Great Goals! Stopping by from 3 in 30. I was going to do the Bible in 90 days and already fell behind, but we created our own reading plan to keep us on track! Keep up the good work :)

Tammigirl said...

You're rocking the 3 in 30! Hat's off to you!

Steph B. said...

great job .. I am coming over from the 3 in 30 link up...

i too am reading the bible in 90 days! :)

great goals! :)

Keep up the good work

Amber@ClassicHousewife said...

Oooh that recipe looks delicious! Thanks for the link. =)

I'm here from 3 in 30 - I'll be trucking along in the B90Days too! It's hefty but good. Have a great weekend!

Laura P said...

How are you doing with the #b90days reading? I too am participating in the reading plan so I like to check in with others.

Wishing you success on your goals for the month of January.

(stopping by from the 3in30 linkup)

Ashley Pichea said...

Hooray for joining the 3 in 30 Challenge!

P.S. I *really* need to start my Caffeinated Conversations back up! I'm missing you all!!

Meghan said...

I'm so glad that you're joining in the 3 In 30 challenge. I loved reading your post and am so excited to continue to connect over the next year! Continue the good work!


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