Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013! Mary, Epiphany, and Top Ten Posts

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Happy New Year 2013 from our family to yours! I saw on Facebook the other day that the year 2013 is the first year since 1987 to have four different numbers!  Well, that's a nifty fact! :) 

I had a good New Year's Eve with my family, despite feeling nauseous all night (from being 9 weeks pregnant) and I'm going to try to forget that I welcomed the new year at 12:30 AM this morning in the bathroom losing my Red Robin dinner that I ate earlier in the evening with my family...OK too much information!  :)  
But, before going out to eat at Red Robin our family attended a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary last night.  Last year I posted about what we did for New Year's Eve and I have links all about Jan. 1, the Solemnity of Mary, on my 2012 New Year's blog post HERE.

Farkle The Classic Dice-Rolling, Risk-Taking GameOne way our family rang in the new year was by playing a fun and easy dice game called "Farkle".  Have you heard of it?  My husband and I bought this game of luck and strategy for our children for Christmas and I think my husband and I like it more than our cupcakes (or at least we like to try to win against each other all the time :) ) It's a great game for the entire family and I highly recommend it. I also love the fact that math skills are used to keep up with each player's running totals on the score pad.  :) 

Epiphany of the Heart - Adoration of the MagiThis weekend, our homeschool group will celebrate our annual Epiphany Party that we have been celebrating for several years now.   It's always fun to gather all our homeschool families in our group after the Christmas rush and celebrate such a beautiful feast day.   For a great article about the Epiphany feast day be sure to read The Epiphany Revealed!   

I just found this website called "Truth and Charity" on the Catholic Homeschool Moms Facebook page where you can go HERE to randomly draw a saint for the new year.  Your saint becomes your family's patron for the new year where you can learn more about him/her and pray for their intercession.  I got Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori which is interesting for many reasons and his feast day is August 1 which is very close to my Aug. 3 due date. :) 

And just for fun I thought I would start the beginning of 2013 "bloggy style" and list the Top Ten Posts that have been viewed since I began "A Slice of Smith Life" in June 2010.  I couldn't figure out how to get only the most popular posts for 2012, so here are the most popular posts from 2010 to present.  If you would like to read any of the posts listed, just click on its title and it will take you directly to the post.  These stats came from Blogger....
Nov 4, 2012, 5 comments
9916        (I have NO idea why this particular post has been visited the most so far)

Jan 13, 2011, 24 comments

Oct 26, 2010, 21 comments

Aug 25, 2010, 33 comments

Sep 25, 2010, 12 comments

Dec 21, 2010, 16 comments

Mar 8, 2011, 20 comments

Aug 21, 2010, 26 comments

Dec 7, 2011, 5 comments

Nov 13, 2011, 10 comments


If you are a blogger and haven't joined in on the fun at "No Ordinary Blog Hop" that I co-host with several other bloggers, be sure to click on the NOBH button below.  Hope to see your blog linked at NOBH soon!    Have a blessed 2013!


Tiffany said...

Happy, blessed, New Year, Tracy! Ugh.. so sorry that you lost your dinner;-( That first trimester can be such a bugger! Hang in there, Mama. Love your patron saint for the year, we do that too. Don't you love the connections we find? Our prayers will continue for you and baby!

Lisa Boyle said...

Happy New year, friend! I pray that your morning sickness lessens soon. :-) I look forward to going through your top-ten posts. I listed mine today, too. :-) May the Lord bless each of us and our families abundantly in 2013!

Chris said...

Tracy~ LOVE it!
I have bookmarked the Top 10 to thoroughly enjoy this weekend.....My son's 10th bday party is Friday night (my December baby) and although I have a lot done already ( Hunger Games theme) once it's over and successful ( hopefully! b/c he is so excited about it...we are too ) and cleaned up, I can focus on some fun "me" stuff, such as your blog posts! And getting back to regularly posting on my blog...Will be posting HG party pics this weekend around the bball games!
I hope you are feeling much better Tracy and that the epiphany party goes well and is a ton of fun....sounds great.
Have a wonderful day, today, Tracy and may 2013 bring you and your family many blessings and much happiness

LeAnn said...

I have enjoyed following your posts. I have also learned a lot about your religion which has been fun.

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