I Want To Be With You Night and Day.

You’ll have to excuse the title. I get these lyrics in my head every New Year’s Day:

This week, I teamed up with one of my awesome co-hosts, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings, to do New Year’s themed questions. It seemed a fitting way to ring in the new year. For those who don’t know Stacey, we seem to have a lot in common in terms of food and entertainment loves. She has a kind word for everyone, and truly a heart of gold.

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1. How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?

Doing all kinds of crazy! For many years now, since Scarlet was a baby, we have shared New Year’s Eve and Day with close friends who live near Boston. Somewhere along the way, another family we love joined in. For three years now, our close friends from Chicago have come too! They are our house guests for 3-4 nights every January. Sadly this year we had to split up a bit because there were just too many families involved, but we went to the house of the friends we started this tradition with – the ones near Boston. We had take two cars to take all eight of us (my family and our house guests) there and a ride that usually takes 1.5 hours took FOUR hours for one car, and three for another. A tractor-trailer rolled over the guardrail on the Mass Pike. So we got there after 8:00 last night and we were very hungry. We watched the live Phish show and the kids stayed up way too late and we all hugged and kissed and ate and had a giant sleepover. With Harley Quinn pajamas.

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And light shows.

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And cozy snuggles with the man you were partly named for.

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2. Who was the first person that you kissed at midnight?

It was eventually Cassidy, but there were many hugs (and kid arguments) on the way across the room to him.

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3. Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions…like watching the ball drop, or fireworks?

Yup, as partly described in question #1, we always watch the Phish show, we always eat some seriously good food, and we always have a sleepover with 3-4 families. This was our first year not hosting in awhile but it’s always been with our friends.

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4. What did you do for New Year’s Day?

Well, this was fun! We woke up to a wonderful breakfast. Everyone else hung around for the day but I took Des home with me. He slept through the whole Mass Pike. Then we warmed up the house, did some cleaning and had a last-minute guest come visit! Christine from Love Life Surf came through Northampton with her family and we knew we just had to meet.

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5. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2015?

I suppose I have a few. I want to meet as many blogging friends in 2015 as I did in 2014. Or more. And considering I just met one who was in my top ten list of bloggers I want to meet, on January 1st no less, it’s looking good for the rest of the year. I also resolve to be there when my kids see moose for the first time. And I suppose I’ll write a whole other post about the more heavy, emotional stuff. I’m going to work on practicing what I preach this year. I learned a lot in 2014, but didn’t use it.

6. What dreams do you hope 2015 will bring…maybe a moose tour, perhaps?

haha, yes! I’m so crazy I may even do that this winter. I’m not sure I can wait. More moose, yes. More travel, yes. More vocalizing my anxiety while it’s happening and not after. More connections, yes. More dreams. More music. More cowbell.

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7. What do you hope to accomplish in 2015, both personally and professionally?

It’s all entwined, and it’s all going to come out in a post or two, I hope. I want to stop being a freakin’ robot when anxious. It ruins marriages and social engagements and fun. I’d like to build the business more. I’d like to actually feel like I’m not a fraud and that I’m a “real” photographer. I know even experienced ones feel like they’re not real. Every so often, I remember that I am. Real. And I want to continue to say “yes” to jobs that scare me. (most do) And certainly more writing!

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8. Okay, I know that a Disney trip is on the horizon for you…What is something that you are looking forward to experiencing that maybe you did not get a chance to or were a bit anxious to on your last trip?

Funny, because I wasn’t very anxious last year but we didn’t have as much control then as we plan to have this time (car, lodging, tickets, etc.) so I plan to be brave and maybe meet some Florida-based bloggers. You know who you are.

9. What is Scarlet most excited to see? What about Des?

Scarlet says, “Everything! I love everything!” As for Des, I don’t know that he even knows a trip is coming!

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10. Are you looking forward to any blogging conferences in 2015?

I am! I’m definitely throwing ideas around in my head. I have always wanted to do BlogHer and it’s on the east coast this year. How could I not? Fear and anxiety, be darned. Then there’s the possibility of BlogU15 because I loved it last year. I think it depends on a few factors – money, lodging, friends – but it mainly depends on my own sense of stability and strength.

I may have to force myself to just do it. Maybe you’ll hold my hand into this?

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I Want To Be With You Night and Day. — 129 Comments

  1. You are so doing BlogHer, because if we don’t meet finally before then we are so meeting there. I feel it happening for sure. And I think Disney may finally happen for us mid to late summer and was just talking more about it tonight. Seriously though here is to only the best to come for us in 2015 and like I keep saying and dreaming finally meeting face to face!!

  2. You and Des and Han totally made my day today (and my boys’ day). Thank you for making time for us. It was lovely to finally meet in person. I hope that we get to see each other again when it’s not so crazy New Years Day with two crazy boys wrestling on your couch. And I can’t wait to see who else you get to meet up with this year!

    • Well it was very fun to meet them. And your husband. It was just funny because after you left, I realized that we have known each other through blogging for a long time, and could have just talked for hours. Just the two of us. So I felt slightly sad, and then happy to know that it will probably happen.

  3. I always love reading these Ask Away Fridays and the questions this week were great! I keep thinking I should join in on the fun but then chicken out because I’m afraid I could never come up with 10 neat questions like these. Maybe that will be one of my resolutions this year!

    • Oh no worries! We all have links to good questions that we steal from when stumped. If you ever do want to schedule one, I could just give you the link.

  4. I think I am going to do BlogHer! How can we not…it’s right here!! It sounds like your New Year celebration was wonderful! We do the same thing every New Year too…celebrate with the same group of friends. Everyone is local so it is easy, but I love the tradition.

  5. LOVE your pajamas.

    My goal is to meet you some day. I’d like to meet other bloggers too. I’m a complete introvert though so I’m not sure how I’d do at a conference.

    We are excited to go back to Disney too! March! Yay! Nearly there.

    • I’m a true ambivert. You could just tell, though, that together, we would just be ourselves. I’ve never been wrong about these things. I would love to meet you.
      Too bad we are not going to Disney at the same time!

  6. I would love to go to BlogHer again with people I actually “know” but I just don’t have the money to do it. πŸ™ There’s always “someday,” though.

    Your year is off to a great start!! Happy New Year, Tamara!

    • That’s the thing. I never have the money for it. Granted, they give you a long time to save up for it. They announced the location so early. The California one I could not do, because it would be so much money in flying and lodging. With it being in New York City, I could conceivably just pay for the conference. The hotel would be fun, but I could always stay with my sister who lives 20 minutes from the city.

  7. What a fun New Year’s eve! This was the first year that one of my kids wasn’t with us – my 17 year old went to a party which is completely normal and fine – but sent me into a bit of an anxiety attack. What if our last new year’s eve all together was last year and I didn’t even know it or appreciate it then (silly stuff, but these are the kinds of things I get anxious about). Sigh. I’d like to get on the list of “bloggers I hope to meet some day” because you’re on mine :)! Happy weekend!

    • Well you just may be on that list anyway! Of course I can’t wait to meet you. I feel like we have a lot in common, and 2014 was a good year for us to meet.

  8. I keep going back and forth with BlogHer, but like Michelle said, how could we not, it’s right there? I’m just having a hard time justifying the cost of more than one blog conference (cause I really want to go to BlogU, and I would love to finally do a BBC!) But regardless, I know we will see more of each other this year, and I hope to make it out to Northampton and see your amazing house which I swear is my dream house.

    By the way, those pajamas are amazing! And that sounds like such a fun way to spend NYE. Sam and I hung out at a local beer garden with some other parents with toddlers but were home at 7 and then in bed by 10:30. Next year I hope to do something more exciting.

    • It definitely will change my mind back-and-forth, as I hear about more of you guys going or not. Michelle is very right, though. Like you, I have family in New Jersey! I could conceivably stay with my sister in West Orange. And commute. The hotel sounds fun too. And they give you a lot of time to save up for it. Money is tight, though.

  9. 4 hours in the car – ugh! We had that happen once on a Colorado vacation. A camper exploded in a tunnel – the only tunnel through the mountain. We literally stopped and had a picnic on the side of the road. The kids remember it as very fun. Me… well, we made the best of it, I guess. We actually wrote our Christmas card letter about it. Having any kind of tradition is a wonderful thing!

    • That does sound like fun! It sounds like you made lemonade out of lemons. I’ve had some traffic incidents in my life that were horrific. Like the time we were leaving a wedding in Long Island in the pouring rain, while normal New York City Sunday night traffic was happening, as well as storm traffic, as well as a Yankees game ending traffic.
      And I really had to go to the bathroom. Like worse than I ever had in my life. And the pouring rain wasn’t helping. And there were no bathrooms. What would you do?

    • Honestly, I think staying home with the kids sounds incredible. Usually we host so that’s kind of what we do, while also having other families come. It’s always good.

    • I did! And you are in my top 10 list too, by the way. It’s just not as practical because you don’t randomly go through my town while on your way to go skiing. Why don’t you??

  10. I love meeting other bloggers and would love to meet more, too! I’m not sure about conferences – I would love to go to BlogU again, but timing is not good this year (it is the weekend before my kids last couple days of school) and, honestly, I dont’ know if I can do those dorm room beds again! Would love to do BlogHer but it is so big and so $$$$!! Lots to think about!! (BTW – I have taken a long 2 week blog vacation that I desperately needed which is why I haven’t been reading, commenting, etc. but I missed all of you terribly!)

    • I totally knew you were taking a vacation! And good for you for doing so. I didn’t, but that’s because I’m going away at the end of this month and having guest posts.
      I honestly could never do one of those beds again. I was just thinking about it the other night because I had a bad night of sleep and I usually don’t. I would probably do a hotel. And this is if it happened. Blogher is so close to my family that I could probably be a commuter.

      • I was thinking the same about a hotel. My hubby has so many travel points I could probably cash them in for a free room and maybe rental car. I just emailed Stephanie & Meredith today with a proposal for a session (Yikes!!!) so we’ll see what happens. Still very undecided at the moment.

        • A session??? Is it one you would teach? Or just one you would propose? I would definitely come to the conference for that. It was such a easy getaway for me. I have childcare and the ride wasn’t so bad.

  11. We don’t usually travel for New Years, but this one was an exception. You sound like you had a great New Year’s. I, on the other hand, had an okay one. I look forward to meeting those who make the journey down to Florida this year! I might be able to make there even if I can’t make it to BlogHer.

    • I will be in Florida at the end of this month! St. Augustine and Orlando.
      We usually never travel for New Year’s, so it was weird. I was resisting it at first, but I’m glad I did stay the night.

  12. I love this swap! Those pajamas are AMAZING and your new year festivities sounded amazing! Of course, your pictures did not disappoint! I love your plans for 2015! More moose, more travel, more cowbell. Definitely more cowbell! As for meeting bloggers, YAY! This is our year to meet. I am determined!

  13. These were great answers! What a fun time with friends! You’ve met a lot of bloggers. How wonderful is that?! I’d love to meet the people who have been there through many seasons of my crazy life especially since this last year. You all mean so much to me.

  14. We are going to Disney again this year(making it a yearly trip). Would be cool if we ever go same time! I need to not be scared to say yes to scary jobs as well! As I posted on my blog- it’s the year to succeed!

  15. I love that one of your goals is to meet more bloggers this year than last year. I’ve met a couple of bloggers in person and it is such fun experience. It is like conversing with an old friend. Btw, love those jammies. xo

    • Yes, that’s exactly what it’s like! And we were saying that it’s like meeting someone from the inside out. Mostly you meet people from the outside in. I like both.

  16. A multi-family New Years sleepover sounds like a lot of fun.My kids stayed up for the first time this year which was fun, but the next day they were GRUMPY!!! So next year they won’t be staying up, but we will still have lots fun fun before bed.

    • I’m embarrassed to say how late my children stayed up. It was well past midnight. I think it was just too hard for them to wind down with the whole party full of older children. And I know will be paying for it for days.

  17. Ohhh, SNAP!! I now realize that I have never kissed anyone at midnight. Clearly my life is not what I thought it was. I need to click away now as I ponder the truth of my reality.

  18. Yay, I hope to be one of the bloggers you get to meet in 2015, that would be so much fun!:-) A very happy 2015 to you and yours…and p.s., you are SO a real photographer! Your pictures are amazing, and if I had known you back when we got married I so would have hired you!;-)

  19. What an awesome tradition. My tradition since the kids is bed by 9:30…I’m just not a night owl any more.

    Can’t wait for your Disney Trip pics…and good for you getting out of your comfort zone. Best way to find out what you’re capable of!

  20. I love your traditions, Tamara! I love the family sleepover πŸ™‚ Meanwhile here I am barely able to keep my kids awake past 8pm lol. For that reason, we still have not celebrated NYE properly since having kids!

  21. Whoa, whoa hold on here a minute Nelly… You are not a real photographer?? Nope, you are one of the most gifted and talented photographers ever! Seriously πŸ™‚ Happy New Year, what a fun tradition! We had snow for the first time in like ever and the children and my husband and I rang in the New Year with a few snow angles and snowball fights. It was pretty fun.

    • Thank you so much! And I saw your post about snow. My dumb computer hasn’t let me comment yet, but I will. We are getting a few inches of the good stuff tonight.

  22. Your NYE tradition sounds awesome! Biggest sleepover ever haha I love the photos you included in this post; such adorable kiddos! speaking up during a stressful situation is such a great goal. I know you can do it! And surely you will make it to BlogHer and have the best time πŸ™‚

  23. Thank you so much for swapping with me this week! I have to say that I absolutley love those jammies! And the sleepover sounds absolutely fabulous! I did that once with a couple of ladies that I used to work with, we had a blast…drinking wine, gossiping all night, and good munchies! LOL! I would love to meet some other bloggers, I had such a great time with the two I met last year. I wish that we had the extra funds and time to drive around the States, I could meet other bloggers, the kids could get homeschooling at its finest…win win all the way around. Though I know it would absolutely petrify me…I would have to force myself, too. Conferences scare the bujeebers out of me too! I would love to go…but I am afraid the anxiety attack would be horrendous! I would definitely hold your hand…as long as you would hold mine, too! πŸ™‚ I kissed hubby first, followed by lil miss, and then lil man! LOL! I wish that you get to take your moose tour! Have a great weekend!

    • I bet there’s no better education than traveling! Even my kid’s public school teacher says so. I wish I had the money too.
      As for the conference, I was so nervous for my first. I got queasy that day but it was soothed by hugging my new/old friends.

  24. What a fun way to spend New Years! I love when families get together for a weekend. I agree about the meeting bloggers IRL being a goal for 2015. It is so cool to meet bloggers in person after connecting with them online, isn’t it? I am hoping to get to a few conferences this year too! Have a wonderful weekend Tamara!

  25. Wow it sounds like you have the coolest New Year’s festivities ever! What fun! I bet that will be memories for your kids later in life… so awesome.

    I really wish I could go to a blog conference– so few are offered here in Canada. If you drive up to Canada to look for moose, let me know. *wink*

    Happy New Year Tamara!
    xoxo

  26. Sounds like you do NYE right! I’ve heard a saying that whatever you’re doing on New Year’s Day is what you’ll be doing all year, so let’s hope your year is filled with lots of fun and friends!

  27. So your last comment was “I get all that.
    Really.
    What would you most like to do?

    Other than eat huge cookies, which is most likely a legit career somewhere out there.” and it won’t let me comment further so here I am catching up on Friday blog posts lol. Late and shit. I’m going to be a mad brain scientist, no joke. I’ve already told Mario my life’s goal is to know what every part of the brain is and does by the time I die. That’s it – very simple but so complex, makes me so happy thinking about achieving it. You’ll be let in on that progress via my blog, changes are coming. As for this awesome post, what is the Phish show?!? I know the Dick Clark show is like the biggest thing on NYE. WHAT IS PHISH!?!? lol. Also, if you DRIVE to Florida (not recommended but just in case) you BETTER stop by DC for a day so we can show you around. Also, I’m sure I’ll see you in 2015 so even if I don’t attend any blog conferences, you’ll see me – I want to go up to Boston or something this year I love it up there so we’ll meet again. I’ll look up the BlogHer15′ conference but yeah it’s super pricey and momma has major dues to cover this year which are exciting and worth the sacrifice of any blog conferences this year. Big plans 2015 and I’m very happy and excited. xoxo love time to clean this pigsty lol -Iva <3

    • My WP is a little dumb sometimes, to cut off conversations like that! Ah well. Onward and upward. This post needed love too.
      I think your career dreams are brilliant and so amazingly possible that it almost hurts! You’ll be grand.

      Phish is a jam band, a bit like the Grateful Dead but their own style. They’ve been around for decades, though, and they’re popular for their rabid fans who will follow them everywhere. The music is.. not for everyone but it’s grown on me over the years.

      Definitely going to give you a hug in 2015!

      • WP can definitely be a bit dumb sometimes but that’s a different conversation πŸ™‚ You’re right this post needed love too – I caught up with my Feedly today. it’s the little things that make us feel highly productive. It does hurt – in a good way – it will be more than grand, I don’t have a word for it yet but it will be more than grand and I can’t wait πŸ˜› Ha yeah never heard of them! Now curiosity has peaked πŸ™‚ Hugs for sure this 2015 Tamara πŸ™‚

  28. Ahhh, I want to go to Disney! It’s been a while for us and we are members of the Disney Vacation Club! LOL. I think we may try and do that with all of the kiddos this Summer, or maybe even the cruise since we have never done that. We went to Aulani in Hawaii when it first opened. It was nice, but nothing beats Disney World. πŸ™‚ I hope I can make it to BH in NYC. I’m going to SNAP in SLC in April, so we will have to see if I can make it over to NYC. It’s a goal!

    • Ooh, the cruise! I have never done it but a lot of people enjoy it. Cassidy would never get on a cruise – he doesn’t like feeling “stuck.”
      Hawaii is a dream.
      So is BlogHer!

  29. I so love that song. Gotta listen every New Year’s Day.
    One of my resolutions is already busted. Hubby and I had planned a getaway – so overdue – and then we discovered a leaking pipe in our basement that soaked the wall between my bathroom and laundry room and it had to be completely gutted. Good bye getaway.
    I didn’t kill anyone, so I am in still in control of my Irish temper: that’s a resolution every year too. πŸ™‚
    Other than that, I want to get to the point of feeling like a “real” writer AND photographer this year too.

  30. I’m totally with Leslie on the song. New Year’s Day was the first ever song I heard from U2 way back when during some night show on the radio – hah – those times…
    You ARE a real photographer! Believe it. I hope you’ll make it to the blogging conferences to meet other blogging friends.

  31. Your NYE sounds amazing (even though the car ride sounds icky). We didn’t do anything this New Years Eve, sadly. But it was right, too. I haven’t made up my mind about BlogU or BlogHer yet either. I mean, in part, of course but also? I don’t know. Happy happy 2015 my sweet friend. I’m so glad I already got to meet you!!! I hope to see you this year too (and um yeah, we still have that little matter of figuring out how you can take photos of my Tucker). πŸ™‚

    • I know! In your latest post, I saw a photo of the three of you and I just thought that it should have been me. Although I’m more into the outdoor beach photos.

  32. Your NYE sounds AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!! I’d love to meet you this year. I *may* go to BlogHer, but just like you I’m weighing things and the same (things) to boot. I’m excited for your visit with your family to Disney, because I’m sure this time, it will be even more magical. πŸ™‚
    XOXO

    • I feel like I’ll make a decision a little farther down the line. I’d love to hear what you decide!
      I really can’t wait to go to Disney. Since we went last year, they made the new Snow White ride. Scarlet is excited about that.

  33. Seriously LOVE that first pic of you LOL. I think I actually laughed out loud when I first saw it on Facebook, so awesome. And I just read something recently that said all professionals feel like frauds. I think it’s because we put whatever it is we want to be on a pedestal and we think we we reach it “some day” we’ll feel different and OWN the position. But when we get there and realize we’re still the same, we feel like frauds. Be we really aren’t! You really aren’t. You really ARE an amazing photographer!

    • I think I read it the same article! It made me feel better. It would suck if I were the only one to feel like a fraud.
      I’m glad you like that first picture. They told me to look crazy and that’s the only way I could think.

  34. How did I miss this post? I was still in my vacation haze. I’m excited for you for Disney – my kids would be so jealous! They want to go every year. Not until 2016 though. I booked a hotel room for BlogHer already – just in case. I’m not sure if I can go to BlogU even though it’s so close – lots going on that weekend. But NYC? I’d love it. Of course it’s mostly about the people I’d see – people like you.

    • People like you, indeed. Did you have to put money down on it yet? I’m thinking of doing the same thing as long as there’s a good cancellation policy.

      BlogU.. Tempted but the prices went up and I didn’t love it last year. When I loved was meeting you guys.

  35. I think you’re doing great. For someone with anxiety, as you know, it’s hard to agree to plans and push through engagements and yet you always go out and tackle things. I’m definitely on the 2015 meet Tamara bowman train!

  36. Saying YES to jobs that scare you. I just love that! I think I’d like to follow that too! I’m really wishing you a great year ahead, hoping you meet all the bloggers you wanna meet and that you can attend more blog conferences. πŸ™‚

  37. I think song titles in blog titles are brilliant.

    1. We traditionally play the game of life as we wait for the ball to drop. We’re not too impressed with the whole show on TV, so we play. The year before Grace was ready to stay up, she lost her shit at 11:45. Poor baby.

    2. I think when you vocalize your anxieties, and maybe even bloggalize them, it’s going to make for reading that can mean a lot to all of us.

    3. Des is that cool age when you can fall asleep on someone’s shoulder and wake up in another time and space, and there’s nothing at all unusual about it.

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