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So how does 2011 stack up? Not as wonderful as I was expecting, but I keep high hopes, and I am willing to give 2012 everything I’ve got.

Here were my favorite occasions:

1. Celebrating my 40th birthday with my family at one of my favorite restaurants, Fountainside.
2. My niece Gwen’s 5th birthday party.
3. Our anniversary dinner at Augusto’s – delicious!
4. My son Julian’s 20th birthday dinner at another favorite restaurant, Maggio’s.
5. Camping at Black Moshannon with my dad’s and stepmother’s families.
6. My daughter Lily’s 5th birthday party at Bounce U.
7. Lily’s graduation from pre-school.
8. My cousin Carla’s wedding (to husband Curt).
9. Going to Dutch Wonderland with our brother-in-law Ed and niece Gwen.
10. Staying at my dad and stepmom’s cabin in Dushore, and checking out the Dushore Days festivities.
11. Attending the Bezel Boot Camp class, taught by Kim St Jean, at Bead Fest.
12. Our mini vacation in Ocean City MD.
13. Lily starting kindergarten.
14. Thanksgiving – one of my favorite holidays.
15. Seeing Tori at the Academy of Music.
16. Winning the Cornerstone award at work.
17. My brother-in-law Darren’s cd release party, and the dinner that I treated Marc to at Chifa beforehand, to celebrate his birthday.
18. Christmas – my favorite holiday.
19. Celebrating my nephew Owen’s first birthday.

And so here we are. It would seem that 2011 was pretty good then. And 2012? I am still working on putting together my goals, but I expect great things to happen, for all of my family and myself. I can’t wait to see what the days hold!

Wishing you a very happy New Year!

xoDawne

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Happy thanksgiving!
Here are 24 little things I am thankful for:

1. chocolate
2. music
3. the internet
4. rainy days
5. cookies
6. Wegman’s
7. Denise Austin workouts
8. my Kindle
9. my ipod
10. B101 playing Christmas music already
11. Bare Minerals makeup
12. clean water
13. indoor plumbing
14. good heathful food
15. Wegman’s german chocolate brownies
16. popcorn
17. Dr. Who
18. books
19. Absolutely Fabulous
20. Photoshop
21. Joggles
22. AC Moore
23. Joyce Meyer’s teachings
24. potatoes

And of course I am very thankful for my family and friends, for my wonderful children and husband. I am thankful for my health, and that I have a house to live in, and good food to eat, a nice car, a good job, clean water, and the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

xoDawne

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thanksgiving part 2
mashed potatoes anyone?

Julian’s plate, before…

…and after.

Gwen, cute as a cranberry!

mmm, chocolate.

ah, summer
A little late here but I loved the July/August/September issue of Somerset Life. My favorites were: the embellished vintage cookie cutters by Becky Shander – so sweet! The repurposed wooden clothespins-as-magnets by Molly Quoyser were cute, with their nautical theme. The artist used her mother’s old nautical charts which I thought was a wonderful way to incorporate something meaningful into an everyday object. The dolled-up martini glasses by various artists – I would love to make some myself. A beautiful birthday book by Kristen Robinson. Oh-so-lovely & unique “placecards” by Heather Bullard. The beautiful vintage compacts turned into messages of love by Linda Warlyn. Gorgeous gift tags by Angela Harris.

I could simply jump into the pages and live happily ever after. What a gorgeous and inspiring magazine!

~vintage sparkles in my dreams~

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an attitude of gratitude

I am thankful for:
my family – husband, children, parents, sister, grandmother, niece, step-parents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins.
our house – it’s not much to look at (yet!), but it’s cozy and safe.
my health.
dependable, nice cars.
good, nutritious & delicious food to eat, and the money to buy it.
a good job with good benefits.
indoor plumbing & hot water.
nice clothes & shoes.
Lindt chocolate.
toothpaste & toothbrush.
the numerous lotions and potions I use on my skin.
beautiful music.
internet access.
rainy days.
wegman’s dark chocolate ice cream.
lay’s potato chips.
somerset studio.
a decent daycare for Lily.
clean water.
the wizard of oz.
our dvr.
books.
purple.
pink.

~happy thanksgiving~

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