Baby New Year

Baby Giraffee And Balloons Watercolor Painting

Welcome to a brand new month, year, decade and fun new Doodlewash art challenge! This month we’re celebrating colorful things and the first prompt is “Balloons.” I doodled some balloons, but they looked a bit lonely so I added a baby giraffe. This isn’t the usual depiction of the Baby New Year, but since I prefer sketching animals over humans, we have a baby animal instead. In truth, I was indeed in bed before midnight so I wasn’t awake when the year first began. As I suspected though, it came without me just fine and now it’s finally 2020. Though we don’t quite have all of the fun gadgets that I longed for while watching The Jetsons as a child, it’s still pretty cool to head into a fresh new decade. It will be interesting to see what happens and where technology ends up taking us. Thankfully, it’s managed to do one very incredible thing and that’s bring all of us together! So, I’m thrilled to see what each of you come up with this month as we continue to doodle, draw, paint, and color together! Happy New Year!

Philippe and I were off work today, so we decided we’d go out for lunch somewhere. Unfortunately, many of the smaller non-chain restaurants we love were closed, but we found one that we hadn’t been to before that was indeed open. We were excited to try the menu after seeing it, but soon discovered it was only a brunch menu and buffet. This is always a huge disappointment as everything on the menu is simply what every other restaurant’s brunch menu has on it. So we didn’t really get to try out the restaurant at all. Though I’m certainly a kid at heart, even as a kid I didn’t have breakfast for lunch. That would involve missing a meal. But, having breakfast food at dinner was kind of cool and I used to love it when I could just have a bowl of cereal. But the idea of eating French toast without cartoons still just seems weird to me, so I had an omelette instead. This was made to order and brought to me, which I prefer. To me, that’s the entire point of going out to eat in the first place. My dad, however, was a master of the buffet, would only eat at restaurants that had one, and developed a sixth sense for exactly when the popcorn shrimp was about to be refilled.

I was originally supposed to take the rest of this week off work, but I now have projects and meetings starting, so I’ll have to return tomorrow instead. Still, it’s been a lovely break indeed. That said, part of me is happy to be returning to my usual routine as I actually think I get more things done that way. I spent much of my break wondering and dreaming about what I could do next each day and ended up doing nothing much at all. That’s wonderful, too, of course and I really needed this time to recharge. Now, I’m ready to take on a brand new decade and excited to see where it takes me next. I’m determined to try more, DO more, and follow my heart even more than ever! Which means, anything is possible and I have no clue what will happen. Little Charlie will no doubt have some masterful plan of something amazing and awesome we simply have to try next. Like starting things off with what simply must be the world’s tallest Baby New Year.

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26 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 11 months ago

    What a great addition your baby is Charlie! Here is to embracing all the exciting options that are ahead in 2020 and to DOing!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay for DOing and I’m excited to see what we all DO!

  2. Sandra Strait 11 months ago

    Isn’t it funny how DOing seems to be easier when you are already DOing? There is probably some wisdom there, but I’m too busy doing nothing at the moment to take heed, lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Lol! So true! 😃💕 I felt like I had no time at all when I had all the time in the world. But, oh so fun!

  3. Mary Roff 11 months ago

    WONDERFUL!!

  4. smzang 11 months ago

    The “world’s tallest baby New Year” is a grand addition to those colorful balloons.

    Charlie says, ” I’m determined to try more, DO more, and follow my heart even more than ever! ”

    That’s the best New Year’s resolution ever!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 I hope the same for all of us. I think 2020 is going to be the most creative year yet!

  5. Darlene Campbell 11 months ago

    Your drawing and post are both delightful, as always, Charlie! Your baby giraffe is the perfect representation of a new year’s baby!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Darlene! 😃💕 Glad you liked my little Baby New Year! And hope your year is starting off wonderfully!

  6. Lisa 11 months ago

    There is some advantage to returning to work for two days, then getting two days off for the weekend, then getting back to your regular schedule. It lets you ease into things. I’ve been retired about 12 years now. I’ve perfected the art of wasting entire days thinking about stuff I could be doing. If it wasn’t for coffee in the morning and dinner at night, my life would have no structure at all. At first, that kind of bothered me, but now, I’m perfectly happy living clock free.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      So true! My boss mentioned the same thing today! 😉 Yeah, I’m kind of glad to have the clock back for a bit… but it was SO fun to be without one!! 😃💕

  7. Walks in Watercolor 11 months ago

    Balloons AND a baby giraffe?! This just made my day. Happy New Year!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww yay! Thrilled my made your day! Thanks so much! 😃💕 Happy New Year!

  8. Lori C 11 months ago

    Seeing your little giraffe makes me think there is hope in 2020!

  9. Fatima Chamkha 11 months ago

    Wow Charlie!!

  10. memadtwo 11 months ago

    Happy new Year Charlie! (K)

  11. Robert J. Coleman 11 months ago

    That is one tall baby, and handsome too! And thanks for pointing out the importance of daydreaming to one’s success in life. The best thoughts often come when you’re just sitting there and “gathering wool!”

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Bob! 😃💕 Love that expression! Yeah… I think as long as we’re dreaming, it’s never a waste of time!

  12. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 11 months ago

    aweeeeeeeee super cute!!!!!!!! Here is to the best new year yet!!! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Hope you have an awesome New Year ahead!!

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    Awwww – must start with “awwww.” Such a sweet way to start the New Year, a baby giraffe and a clutch of colorful balloons. When my youngest granddaughter was learning to talk, her favorite thing was “boons!” How can you not be charmed by these translucent wonders? And a baby giraffe, his lanky legs folded under, holding up that long neck – perfect partners. As for your aversion to buffets – I love them – way too much. My dad adored smorgasbord, buffet, all-you-can-eat, whatever you want to call it, so it was inbred that I adore the opportunity to try a bit of everything available. And then, seconds! As for breakfast for dinner – what better way to use up leftovers than to tumble them into scrambled eggs and serve alongside thick slices of buttered bread? Happy, healthy New Year to you, Phillipe, and Phineas.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Awwww indeed!! Yay for “boons!” … I kind of want to start calling them that now. So fun! Yeah, I don’t know why I didn’t inherit my dad’s penchant for buffets! hehe And I hope you and yours have a very Happy New Year!!

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