The Christmas holidays have flown past, and I find it hard to believe it is already New Year’s Eve. I did not get a chance to show you the great room in the Christmas posts…in fact, I totally forgot to photograph it! But the picture above from last year looks identical to this year’s decorating. I did take pictures on Christmas morning, though.
Here is the before. Santa’s gifts were waiting for the sleeping kids to get up.
During the happy chaos (One got a Nook, and one got a Kindle. We’re definitely readers around here.)
And after all the gift giving was done
While my oldest was home for Christmas I did manage to coerce all three into finally taking a photograph for next year’s Christmas cards (since we could not get one done this year.)
And we had a couple of silly pictures when we tried to get the dog in on the action.
I sadly started taking down all the Christmas decorations yesterday – with Christmas music playing. 🙂 The putting away continued today (and will for the next several days.) My husband worked on the outside, and he has worked on taking the ornaments and lights off the Christmas tree all afternoon while watching the Georgia Tech game. (They won!) This is how it looked before he began to work on it.
(picture of tree from last year, but it looked the same this year)
Like everyone else seems to be doing, I want to take a look back at 2012 before it is totally written in the history books. My #1 New Year’s Resolution last year was to start a blog, and it has been such a blessing to have been able to do this. I have been so lucky to have been able to share all of this with you this year and to have gotten to “know” so many of you through your comments and emails. Thank YOU for this!
In school, I was always a “math kid,” so I can’t help but look at numbers. I thought I would share the top 5 of some things from 2012 from Talk of the House. So here goes…
The Top 5 Posts of 20121. Phases in the Life of My Kitchen Part 2
All of the above posts are the top 5 according to the number of times that they have been read. My next category is the top 5 posts with the most comments from readers.
From all of these numbers, I think it is safe to conclude that you all like the kitchen and eating! (Not bad things in my mind!)
I also want to thank my top 5 referring sites from this year. They have helped me soooooo much to get my blog out there and into the eyes of readers.
Top 5 Referring Sites for 2012
1. Rhoda at SouthernHospitalityBlog.com
2. Pinterest (yep !) So I am thanking all of YOU for pinning photos from here onto your boards.
3. Judy from Gracious SouthernLiving.blogspot.com
4. Julia from HookedonHouses.net
5. Melissa at TheInspiredRoom.net
There are many others of you that have written posts about my blog, and others have added me to their sidebar, and for that I am so grateful. And even beyond that, I thank those of you that have shared my site by telling your friends and family about it. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I appreciate it!
So Happy New Year to all of you. I have had a very blessed year, and my wish for you is that 2013 will be filled with days full of good things with those you love. I am looking forward to sharing the new year with you!
Best wishes for 2013!