Christmas and New Years

The holiday season is always SO HECTIC. I always plan on accomplishing four million things around the holidays, and I pile up my to do list with fun holiday festivities and new family traditions, but I NEVER actually end up doing them all. I realistically only accomplish like 4 things on my to do list for the holidays. But that’s okay, I love Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, it is the best time of the year for so many reasons. And this year, it really sunk in what is important in my life and what’s not. This year, my sister and brother-in-law spent Christmas with my family for almost a whole week. Now, it’s always awesome when my sister comes for Christmas, but this time was really really awesome because my little nephew was here to share his first ever Christmas with us. I swear to God, he is an angel from heaven. My dad and I had not even met the little guy until they came for Christmas because we, unfortunately, were not able to be there for his birth (we live twelve hours away from my sister and her husband). My mom and younger sister were able to be there, but my dad and I missed it, and it broke both of our hearts. But this Christmas we finally met our nephew/grandson. And we love him. I’ve never felt so much love for a little baby before, it makes me excited to have one of my one someday. He’s such a happy baby too, and he likes me! I always have this paranoid feeling when I hold a baby, that they’ll just start screaming and hate me, but not my nephew. All smiles, all the time. I absolutely ADORE him. So does the rest of my family. Which is why we were all a complete mess and heart broken when they had to go back to their home, 12 hours away. We only get to see them once a year, and to think that the next time we’ll see Tyler he’ll be a year old, is literally heart wrenching.

Taking all this into account, it really opened my eyes this year to what is important to me…my family. I’m nothing without them. Friends come and go, but my family is always there. I know that sounds cheesy, but I really think there is a point in everyone’s lives where we realize that family really is THAT important. I feel like I’m so selfish so much of the time, and I think about myself so much, it’s time I start thinking about my family more. My husband more. People at work more. EVERYONE ELSE MORE.

So that is one of my main new years resolutions, not just for 2012, but for the rest of my life.

Now to show you just how great my nephew is, here’s some photos to bring some smiles to your face…