Happy New Year!

Just got back from a walk with Kayce in the most pristine and sparkly white snow. It is so cold, yet the sun is shining and there is a calendar-esque vista at every turn. We all slept in this morning as we were up quite late early–it’s the teenager thing. We did a little Team Julian action after cold cereal and began taking down Christmas. Even with the Rose Bowl on in the background, we were impressively productive.

Off and on we’ve been working on what is proving to be the MOST difficult puzzle ever! Geoff is a puzzle champ and this one is taking hours and hours.

We’re a little bit farther along than this today, but it is slow going for sure. Even I sat with him for more than an hour a couple of nights ago. I felt a bit obligated, as this was a gift from me with a note, “something your wife wants!” attached.

When we’re done, I’m having this “Kandinsky, Study of Squares and Cirlces” framed for our new puzzle wall in the basement. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with this one wall for nearly 5 years — photos coming in the next month or so.

Hope you are well welcoming 2011 in a pleasing and refreshing way!


  1. Wow Stacy! That is the most challenging puzzle I have ever seen! Good luck Geoff. Wishing the Julian family a happy and healthy 2011!

  2. Haha! I spent the evening of dec. 23 watching the entire “Jane Eyre” miniseries! I love the version with Timothy Dalton (much better than William Hurt), although there is a newer BBC version that was on PBS last year that was even better (can’t remember the actors)! One of my favorite books!

  3. Marta Valdes says:

    Wow! That is a puzzle. Wishing you and your family and happy and healthy 2011!

  4. One, thank you for letting me know that another version of Jane Eyre will be out in March. I went to watch the trailer and I CAN’T WAIT. Two, thanks for sharing your post about your health issues and posting the link to woman to woman. I have spent some time there since you enlightened me. Whether it is a book, movie, or life issue, you always have intesting things/ideas. Thanks. Also, what is the rush to get the Christmas stuff up? We have always kept ours up for the 12 days of Christmas. It makes New Years much more relaxing. I take the decorations down the same way they come up. A little at a time.

  5. puzzles have always been part of our christmas, a great team activity. Love that picture and I’m sure it is hard – reminds me of the Escher ones we struggled with years ago all inb lack and white

  6. Happy 2011!

  7. A puzzle wall? What a FANTASTIC decorating idea; how FUN! (Yes, I think that I would have offered to help, too… it looks pretty challenging.)

  8. Jen Shipley says:

    Happy New Year. May the year bring you many blessings and wonderful moments for you and your family.

  9. happy New year to you and yours! That is quite a challenging puzzle you have there, good luck with that one!

  10. Peggy Leland says:

    Happy New Year Stacy to you and your family! Good luck on that puzzle.

  11. Bernadette says:

    Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing photos of your puzzle wall. We used to have one, but ds outgrew the concept and at the time we did not have another place to put it. Now we have a wall, but we only have one framed puzzle left. I guess that means building more puzzles! Oh – that snow photo is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Happy New Year, Julian family! Stacy, may I just say…you inspire me! Nearly every blog post! Thanks for sharing your life and ideas with the rest of us.

    Can’t wait to see the photos of the puzzle wall! How fun!

  14. Great puzzle, just love the colors! A Puzzle wall sounds great!

  15. Love this! we are currently working on an I-spy marble one, this one is perfect for the boys room, off to buy at B&N Thanks!

  16. OMG I’m doing this puzzle too! and I’m SOOOO stuck! I just bought a puzzle roll-up board so I can put it away and try later LOL

  17. I LOVE puzzles….just ordered this one after thinking about it ever since you posted! My problem is when there is a puzzle going….NOTHING else gets done. By me. At All.
    Most definitely no scrapbooking, as the puzzles are worked on my scrap table (our dining room table!) !! Oh well….this one is TOO COOL! And I love the puzzle wall idea! I hope you share pics!!

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