Happy New Year!

My family and I would like to extend our best wishes for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.  2011 has been quite a year for our family.  We have had our share of ups and downs – more than we ever expected or cared to experience.  Yet as difficult as the last few months have been for us, I see the New Year as a new start with hopes for a promising year full of positive change and new adventures.  My husband has ended the year with some good interviews and ongoing job leads; I know in my heart that it is just a matter of time before he finds the new job he deserves.  One company out there will certainly be lucky to gain him as an employee. He is passionate about returning to work and dedicating 100% of himself to a new endeavor.  As for me, my resume is complete and ready to be circulated back into the nursing world.  I feel ready to return to work and reestablish the career I truly loved prior to becoming a stay-at-home Mom.  I know things will work out for us and our family.  The promise of a New Year brings high hopes for achieving high goals – I couldn’t be more ready.   

That being said, I can’t think of a better way to be celebrating New Years Day tomorrow than at the Philadelphia Mummer’s Parade.  For both my family and my husband’s family, the Mummers Parade is all about tradition.  Unbelievable as it may seem, both my family and my husband’s family have been a part of the Mummers Parade since our Great-Grandfathers marched many years ago. My Dad has been marching in the parade since he was a toddler.  Tomorrow, my husband, son, father-in-law, brother-in-law, my husband’s cousins and even some family friends will be marching in the parade as well. If you have never been to a parade, tomorrow would be the perfect day to head into the city to check it out. The weather is suppose to be perfect.  The Mummer’s Parade is like no other in the world and certainly worth experiencing at least once in your lifetime. My husband Joe and son Aidan (along with extended family members) will be marching with South Philadelphia Stringband and my Dad will be marching with Woodland Stringband.  Be sure to look out for South Philly’s fun Candyland theme and Woodland’s Jungle theme to experience some awesome music and see some exciting costumes and props.  New Years would just not be New Years for us without this long-lived tradition.  The stringbands practice year-round to create and perfect their toe-tapping performances for all of Philadelphia to enjoy.  I hope you take some time to head out to the parade or tune in on TV to catch a glimpse of this legendary Philadelphia spectacle.

Happy New Year – all the best to you and your families in 2012.   



Comments

  1. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year to you and your family! I hope your husband finds a job really soon. Have a great time at the parade tomorrow.

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