Happy new year

Either as a student or as a teacher, I have spent practically my
whole life centering the measurement of a year on an academic calendar.
January 1st? Not such a big deal. The start of the school year, whether
it falls in early August or after Labor Day, has always been for me the
point of reflection and resolution that is traditionally reserved for
New Year's Day.

So to everyone, I wish you a happy new year. I
truly hope and pray that this year is the one in which your life's
wrongs are righted and your downs swing upward. May brighter days be
ahead for all of us.

Thank you all for the thoughts, kind
words, and views that you've shared in the comments the past few days.
If I haven't made it 'round your way lately, it's not because I don't
care. It's just that I'm up to my eyeballs in the new year.

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Jaiden, TJ, Kyra

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  Me & Kaelyn (nevermind her crazy morning hair)

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Can't forget my handsome, cheesy-faced, cake-baking, recluse, half-brained, fantastic fartknocker Frank – oh, how I luurrrve him.


  1. Ann on August 6, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Happy New Year! I hope yours is similarly filled with happiness and good things. Our year starts in a month, and I’m in denial about it. Eek.

  2. Jen on August 6, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    I love your affectionate name for Frank! haha

  3. sara on August 6, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Great pictures…and I hope it is a very happy year ahead!

  4. Aunt Becky on August 6, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    You are a gorgeous family!

  5. SAHW on August 6, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I hope you are having a great and happy start to the new school year! 🙂

  6. JuliaKB on August 6, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    And happy new year to you too!
    You guys look great.

  7. Angry IF on August 6, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Happy New Year!!! For me also it is a new year. We started today!!! AGH!

  8. Nikki on August 6, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Happy New Year to you too! Great pictures – your family looks so cute!

  9. Io on August 6, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Happy New Year! Even though I’m not in school or teaching anymore I think it will always seem like new beginnings.

  10. Eva on August 6, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Happy New Year to you too, Sweetie. I hope it’s a good one.

  11. Sherry on August 6, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Happy New Year, Moxie!
    Oh, and thanks for teaching. I hope your students and their parents realize how lucky they are!
    Your Pal,

  12. Kristen on August 6, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Happy new year! I hope it’s a great one!

  13. lorie on August 6, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Have a good school year- I love my pink award and I’ve spent a little time reading some of your blog=I’ll be back!
    Be blessed!

  14. MomMega on August 6, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    What a beautiful family! I love the description of your hubby. Too funny (and sweet).

  15. anymommy on August 7, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Loved the pictures! Happy new year. Hope it’s a great one.

  16. luna on August 7, 2008 at 2:07 am

    your kids are gorgeous! hope the new year is a happy one for all.

  17. Erin on August 7, 2008 at 3:03 am

    New year, new notebooks, new habits (for a while anyway), new teachers, new friends…exciting! And nice to be back to a routine.
    Good luck with getting into the groove. We’re gearing up here as well.

  18. Shelli on August 7, 2008 at 8:31 am

    What a beautiful family!!
    We are getting ready here as well. My one and only, David, is starting Kindergarten in a few weeks!

  19. Shanez on August 7, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Happy New Year. I go back on the 19th and he boys on the 21st….ooh how the summer has flown by. I hope the same for the upcoming academic year.

  20. Carrie on August 7, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I hope the kiddos had a great first day!

  21. Enrico on August 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Baby Me thing here. As a student I used to start counting the year from the school start, that here it’s usually around Sept 15th. So … Happy New Year, Moxie, Frank, Jaiden, TJ, Kyra, Jordan, the little Kaelyn but also Dani & Chanel and last but not least Mommy Lady (btw we are all still waiting for the next rainbow color 😉 )
    May this new year bring a lot of joy, good surprises, self discovery, and family spirit in all of us. Buon Anno Nuovo.

  22. susan on August 7, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Gorgeous kids, darlin’! I love the pictures! Happy New Year!

  23. Amanda on August 7, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Beautiful family 🙂