December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

Dear Readers,

Recapping 2005 would take a long time...and most likely bore the ever-loving crap out of you. There have been music and books, guitar playing, car buying, job quitting and promotions. But it's the birth of Mia that proved the most important and wonderful event of the year. Luckily, its one event that keeps yielding new, wonderful moments (aside from the early wake up calls that happen like the one at 3:00 this morning...but even that's kinda nice in a way).

You've spent a lot of your time sitting there reading the stuff I manage to cobble together here on a daily basis and I thank you. Thank you for sharing 2005 with me. I wish you and your families a wonderful, prosperous 2006.


Posted by Chris at December 31, 2005 09:51 AM

It's been wonderful watching Mia grow. In fact, Beth referenced the photos on your Flickr account not too long ago, and I found myself marveling at how much she's grown. I'd say that for the Cactus-Fish family, 2005 has been one hell of a year!

I am pleased that 2005 brought us together. (OK, so *technically* the internet did that...) I love being one of your internet friends, and I'm eager to see what 2006 brings.

Happy New Year.

Posted by: Emily at December 31, 2005 09:55 AM

Thank you for sharing you life with us, especially that precious Mia! I wish your family a very healthy, happy, safe and FABULOUS new year!

Posted by: Tricia at December 31, 2005 09:57 AM

Thanks for all you give to your readers, Chris. Happy New Year!

Posted by: Kris at December 31, 2005 09:59 AM

dude, thank you! wishing you and your beautiful family a safe and very merry 2006 one that is full of adventures.

Posted by: chlamygirl at December 31, 2005 10:12 AM

Right back at'cha, Dude. I've come to rely on you for smiles and entertainment and I love that it's both consistent AND cheap! Seriously though, all the very best to you and yours in this new year.

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at December 31, 2005 10:28 AM

The best to you and Beth and Mia for 2006. Happy New Year.

Posted by: Adi at December 31, 2005 10:31 AM

It's been our pleasure to be included in some way in your lives. Happy New Year to you, Beth, and Mia. I hope that 2006 brings nothing but happiness.

Posted by: donna at December 31, 2005 10:44 AM

I'm so glad that everything is going so well for you and your family, Chris, and that you still find time to share that beauty with us.

Posted by: alektra at December 31, 2005 10:46 AM

Happy New Year, Chris. Thanks for letting us peek into your world :)

Posted by: Daria at December 31, 2005 10:53 AM

so glad i stumbled upon your site this year... i mean, how did i survive the previous 21 years without the term "asshat"?!?

happy new year, and may it bring health, wealth, and happiness. (hopefully a better sleep schedule, also.)

Posted by: misi at December 31, 2005 11:27 AM

Happy New Year! I hope you have a great weekend!

Posted by: Eulallia at December 31, 2005 11:43 AM

I noticed this year on my good friend Jenorama's blog that there was another Beth posting comments and I had to figure out who she was. Then I come to find out that not only do we have the same name but we are the same age (though I've got a few months on her). Well now I'm hooked on her site and your site and I find myself looking forward to what you two have to say every day. And now that you have Mia I'm curious to see how quickly she's growing and how you two are coping with parenthood. So, thank you both for the entertainment and I look forward to reading your blogs in 2006. Have a happy and safe new year!

Posted by: Beth in StL at December 31, 2005 12:14 PM

Thanks, Chris! I know 2006 will hold many great adventures with Mia and it will go by in the blink of an eye (unfortunately)! Happy New Year!

Posted by: Magnolia Mom at December 31, 2005 12:30 PM

Happy 2006 Cactus family!! :)

Posted by: Sweety at December 31, 2005 12:31 PM

Happy New Year to y'all!!!!

Posted by: amber at December 31, 2005 12:47 PM

happy new year chris! it looks like i missed a whole bunch while i was gone, so here is a late congrats to you and beth on the birth of mia. shes a cutie! have a good 2006!

Posted by: annie at December 31, 2005 12:49 PM

Right back atcha, Daddy-O. Even though I've only 'known' you and Beth a short time, I've quite enjoyed it. Here's hoping '06 is a non-stop carnival of parenting fun for you and Beth...with a little grown-up fun thrown in for good measure. ;)

Posted by: Marilyn at December 31, 2005 12:51 PM

happy new year to you too!! May all your resolutions come true! :)

Posted by: soniclibra at December 31, 2005 01:20 PM

happy new year to you, beth and mia. wishing you all the best in 2006

Posted by: suze at December 31, 2005 02:00 PM

Happy New Year to the whole Cactus-Fish family! Have a good one :)

Posted by: Zoe Molyneux at December 31, 2005 02:12 PM

It's been a good time for all. :)

Posted by: Spring at December 31, 2005 02:57 PM

Congratulations on your great 2005, Chris. Have a great 2006. There'll me more things. Mia's first words, first steps. Much more to torture us with! heh

Posted by: Grace at December 31, 2005 03:11 PM

A Very Happy New Year to the Cactus-Fish family. Thank you for sharing a part of your lives with your readers. I'm very pleased I found your site and have enjoyed it immensely. Now is a good time to reiterate my sentiments about baby Mia...Congratulations, she is one lucky little girly-girl (mohawk and all)...she is beautiful and you're a beautiful family.

Posted by: Starfruit at December 31, 2005 03:17 PM

and a very happy new year to you too cactus!

Posted by: hobbes at December 31, 2005 03:26 PM

Wishing you health, happiness, wisdom and prosperity in the New Year...oh, and that you're home for Mia's first steps! ;-)

Posted by: Jaycie at December 31, 2005 04:54 PM

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Chris at December 31, 2005 07:19 PM

Happy New Year! I hope 2006 is very nice to the Cactus-Fish clan.

Posted by: Kelley at December 31, 2005 08:09 PM

It's still many hours away from new year here on the west coast. It's always fun to call my folks in Thailand, 15 hours ahead, to see what's up in the new year. Hee hee.

Happy New Year! Hope Mia enjoy her first countdown! (And keep on rocking that hair!)

Posted by: Oakley at December 31, 2005 08:15 PM

Awww. You gave me goosebumps!

I look forward to reading about and seeing photos of Mia and the rest of you guys for many years to come!

Posted by: DeAnn at December 31, 2005 08:43 PM

Hey Chris you are always a blast to read. I have really enjoyed following your site this year. I wish peace love and health for you, Beth and darling Mia in the upcoming year.

Posted by: Bethany at December 31, 2005 09:26 PM

Happy New Year to your beautiful family, I pray that every year is as blessed as this one for you.

Posted by: Michele at December 31, 2005 10:16 PM

May 2006 bring you and yours even MORE happiness and health and wealth!


Posted by: ironic1 at December 31, 2005 10:38 PM

Happy New Year, Sweet-pea!

Posted by: Queen Of Ass at December 31, 2005 10:43 PM

Just thinking of your and your family! Happy New Year Cactus Man! Kiss your beautiful women for me!
AND Thank you for all the entertainment!

Posted by: Gypsy at January 1, 2006 01:52 AM

Happy New Year Chris and family!

Posted by: Chrissie at January 1, 2006 02:27 AM

Happy New Year!!

Posted by: dragonlady474 at January 1, 2006 03:12 AM

Happy New Year, Chris!

Posted by: Allan at January 1, 2006 10:36 AM

Have a happy new year!!!!! :)


Posted by: nina at January 1, 2006 03:00 PM

And the same back at you, Beth and Mia... may 2006 be one of more sweet than bitter, and of many everyday miracles.

Happy New Year, from one of your eagle-eyed admiring lurkers!

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 1, 2006 04:00 PM

Happy New Year for you too, Chris!

I hope that 2006 brings you much joy and happiness!

Posted by: molly at January 1, 2006 04:34 PM

Happy New Year!!! May this year bring you and your family many more blessings.

Posted by: Ava at January 1, 2006 05:39 PM

To sound cliched at this point, but Happy New Year...


Posted by: Nat at January 1, 2006 05:49 PM

Thanks for letting us into your life. It has been fun to be a "fly on the wall."

And I can't wait to see what 2006 brings you all. Hopefully lots of funny stories and sweet happenings.

Posted by: Lisa B at January 1, 2006 06:42 PM

Happy New Year! Looks like you had a fun Christmas. All the best to you and yours in 2006.

Posted by: Milly at January 1, 2006 08:35 PM

Happy New Year Chris. May you have a year of love, joy and blessings. I look forward to reading more of your blog this year.

Posted by: Colleen at January 1, 2006 09:40 PM

Happy New Year!

May 2006 bring you lots of "big #2's with onions"

(Sorry, I am not ready to let that one go yet...)

Posted by: Y at January 2, 2006 12:50 AM

Happy New Year :))

Posted by: Sara at January 2, 2006 08:52 AM

Happy New Year Chris! This has been a great year - what with the Mia Bean and a promotion and all (me too on that front - I just found out!) I've been mostly lurking lately but wanted to drop by today and wish your family nothing but the best in 2006 and promise I'll be a little more vocal!! I'll be buying some of your book recommendations for my vacation in Feb!!

Posted by: Sue at January 2, 2006 10:19 AM