• Pixie

    And may 2011 be full of more wonder and awe…

  • Laura Jones

    It was an entertaining year to read about. Loved the video. Hope to hear more Tyrant stories. And Marlo, you mooned Grandma? Loved it.

  • Becky Cochrane

    Thanks for another great year of Armstrong stories–and the excellent video. Happy new year to you all.

  • greeblemonkey

    The video is catching because you just tweeted the link so I will come back and look later, but what a GREAT IDEA. I may need to do a 2010 fotomontage for the grandfolks.

    2010 was a really, really harsh year for me, so looking forward to 2011 with lots of hopes and dreams.

    Hope you guys have a great new years!

  • Jen Cottrell

    I started following you 18 months ago after reading It Sucked and Then I Cried. I loved your video last year (you got me into Hotel Lights…yea!) and this video was great, too. I’m looking forward to following the Armstrong’s in 2011!

  • sly

    This is absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful year for you and your family!

  • ljnelson

    Made my year a good one. Don’t underestimate the happiness you bring the rest of us, even when things seem too crazy to be believed. All the best.

  • sabina

    Please tell Leta that while I of course respect her right to privacy, I think she is SO BEAUTIFUL (in a super-smart supergirl kind of way) and hope to see more pics of her in 2011. I’ve been reading Dooce since just after her birth and love seeing her growing into such an exceptional little girl.

  • dragonfish

    I would love to read this whole post, but I cannot get past delicate asshole without belly-laughing (a much needed laugh on this day!).
    Beautiful photos. Thank you again for sharing your crazy lives and families with us, it reminds me I’m not the only one with both.
    Happy New Year Armstrongs!

  • RoseTattoo

    Happy New Year!

  • writtendad

    And it was one hell of a year. Nice post and fantastic photo recap at the end (the video to close it all was classic). I do, however, have one question (and if I missed the answer a while back, feel free to verbally blast me): When did Leta again become okay with appearing on your blog? She struggled with it for a while and I’m wonder when the tides turned and what pushed her over the edge?
    I’m glad, because I always enjoy reading about her, but I’m curious.

    Happy 2011 Armstrongs!

  • tullisjen

    What a beautiful year and family you have!

    Thanks for making me laugh throughout the last few years!

    Happy New Year!

  • Lauren3

    Oooo, NICE song selection! Perfect for a year end montage that depicts a couple of beautiful Armstrong young ladies. You did it H-dawg, you kicked another year’s ass.

    Now come and do some ass kicking in the multitalented Lancaster, PA please. We have things the childrens will like! And bars with wonderful selections of bourbons and tequilas and beer and all kinds of lovely tummy warmers.

  • Aunt_Lala

    Fantastic Year in Pictures, and thank you for the video at the end! I’m cracking up over here, just what I needed to make me stop being pissed off for no reason.

  • Marianne

    Love the year in pictures and love the ending with Marlo wearing a helmet….your daughters are beautiful.
    Happy New Year, Heather and Jon.

  • julesmb

    I’ve only been following the blog for about 5 months now, but LOVE it! I hope your 2011 will be filled with more laughter, stories, and blessings!

  • transientxpress

    Helmetted, wobbly, nekkid toddler with swollen belly over bird legs. Can’t see through my tears! Thank you for the countless laughs this year. Looking forward to many more. Happy New Year!

  • christinePC-UT

    Happy New Year Armstrongs!

    I’ve read you since before you were “Dooce” and still enjoy it everyday. Leta is morphing in to a beautiful little girl. I look forward to reading you because you always make me smile!

    Love the song…love the pictures…

  • christineanela

    I love doing a slideshow to recap the year! It’s such a cool way to glance back at all that has happened. Your year has been amazing! Here’s to 2011. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • PunkinP

    Oh my gosh, that was so cute. And the ending? Classic! So damned cute!

  • Truthful Mommy

    I absolutely adored the video. I love your blog and your style of writing.You have been an inspiration to me with your honesty and openness. I am wishing you and your family a brilliant 2011 with so much wonder and awe to come.Live is beautiful and it is what we make of it.Happy New Year.


  • kristanhoffman

    Ditto what sabina said, and OMFGROFL at that last clip!! I think Bobo’s going to have a bone to pick with you someday…

  • brittbak


    You must play that video @ Marlo’s wedding one day. Heh

  • Shea

    you people, you dogs, you kids, you, the writing, the photographs, must I go on, are simply awesome.

    thank you for being so awesome.

  • terranova

    *US owners of border collies can now rent a flock of sheep for their dog. The breed are compulsive herders, with instincts so intense they sometimes search for livestock behind the television when sheep appear on screen. Left unoccupied, they’ll dig up the garden, chew up the doggie bed or persecute the cat. Herding experts say it’s increasingly common for people who get border collies as pets to wind up renting or buying sheep just to keep their dogs busy.

    -saw that and thought of you and Coco :)

  • Schnauzie_Mom

    Great video. Thanks for sharing your life with us, Armstrong Family!

  • jessiCat

    Love the video. Thank you for sharing the crazy with us. You have brought countless belly laughs, tears & new ideas to us all. And I agree with one of the above posters, you have so got to play that clip at Bobo’s wedding one day. Happy New Year, Armstrong family. You guys are the best!!


  • SweetPeaTwins

    What a year – I thought mine was pretty eventful, but I think you guys win. I loved the video! I am in awe at how stunningly beautiful Leta is becoming… and of course, love to look at the meat that is Tyrant! ;) I hope that your 2011 is more settled and easier… but not too much or the reading won’t be nearly as entertaining.

    Happy new year to all of you – Heather, Jon, Leta, Marlo, Chuck, Coco, Tyrant, and the rest of the crazy family! :)

  • csreilly

    great video – I have a dorky question though — what font was used for the title of the video?? I love it, want it and need it!

  • lbnassar

    What they ALL said! Thanks for a great year – that video at the end was priceless and reminded me of things my own kids did when they were little like that. Happy New Year – hope we all have a fantastic 2011!

  • Renhoeck

    OMG what hwave I done! Dooce I thank the Twitter for meeting you and your sweet sourness. The post I liked the most was when Marlo turned one. It made me cry and made cry the people I know. Have a wonderful new year from far far Peru. (It is not Mexico and we do not celebrate 5 de Mayo, just in case).

  • Tam4797

    Happy 2011 Heather and Jon,

    I hope this year brings a little less tooth-breaking, skin flaking, and emergency doctor appointment making.

    Love to see more of Leta when she feels comfy. I’ve watched her grow up and it’s a special treat when she lets up glimpse her now and then.

    Bobo is gorgeous as usual, as are all of your adult people…Tyrant…sigh…. Keep up the good work guys!

  • Jillsy

    Love, love, love it! My kids know when I’m reading your blog cuz I’m laughing and crying uncontrollably. Wishing your family, friends, and followers a GREAT 2011!


    P.S. This may be weird but, I think you have such a cute, petite head. Your current haircut really accentuates it.

  • desiree.mac

    “I pulled something in my neck yesterday at the gym …” At the gym … riiiigggght (I can’t believe no one has said this yet). Happy New Year!

  • Little Nikolette

    As always, the video at the end was beautiful. Gorgeous. Thanks for helping me remember what’s good in life. Always keep that Joi de Vie (apologies for bad spelling).

  • JakeDonohoe

    I loved the picture montage (and the song is lovely) and am now looking at my dog and thinking, my god–you don’t do shit for me except pee on the floor when the mailman comes. Stupid dog.

  • Jen in AZ

    Wow!! I must admit, I really come here for the Daily Chuck so I’m not a commenter but THAT slideshow?!!!! That song? I had to bow and praise. You have serious skills Mama! Bat-shit-crazy-ass-TALENT. Have a great New Years with your beautiful family, in the beautiful new home with the adorable pups.


  • love guru

    Hope 2011 gone be a year full of accomplishments for you!

    Lg from Love Tips

  • DooceFan4Eva

    Never mind the New Years ball drop in Times Square. I know the year has come to an end when the Armstrong’s release their year in photos. Your montage brings such joy and inspiration. I LOVE your music choices! L-O-V-E IT!

  • Justine Taylor

    I created a Dooce account for the sole purpose of asking you what camera(s) you use. Your photos are gorgeous!

  • kateastrophe

    What an amazing life you lead, Heather! Thank you for continuing to put yourself out there for all us on the interwebs.

    If it wouldn’t cause a stroke and/or divorce, I would LOVE a music feature on the site…your selections are always so unique. If I’m ever in Utah, can I please raid your iTunes?!

    Happy New Year to the Armstrongs and Tyrant too!

  • witchuponastar

    Thank you for sharing your family with mine. Checking your blog is a daily ritual for me and checking on Leta, Marlo,Coco and Chuck is a daily ritual for me and my 5 year old daughters. A very happy, peaceful, joy-filled 2011 to the Armstrong family.

  • socalchickonawire09

    “Ethkah. Translation: ‘You know exactly what the hell I want, dickhead.’

    That’s my fav! So funny. And you KNOW it’s true!! Love it! Great photos. I’ve been reading for awhile and I have to admit, there were times when I thought, “This is bullshit. How does this woman come on the internet blog about daily life and suddenly become a friggin’ ROCK STAR?” And, then, I kept reading, I kept coming back, looking at the pics, and I found myself smiling, laughing, a few tears, gasping, a few “WHAT the HELL is wrong with that woman?” thoughts! I can’t really tell you what it is…I just keep coming back! :) Good luck this year and much love to you and your beautiful family. Happy 2011!

  • Jennyville

    You made my year more entertaining in a small but meaningful way. Especially the community. Thank you!

    Happy New Years!


  • NolaMomma

    That’s so awesome!! Wishing the Armstrongs a very healthy, prosperous and accident-free new year! Great laugh, Heather. :-)

  • luv and kiwi

    man i want your guys’ computer skills for 2011. great photo/video montage!

    happy new year armstrongs!

  • dolphy36

    Thank you for all the smiles you bring into my life and the sense of community…even though it’s miles and miles away. Have a wonderful 2011, my cyber friend!

  • Kim Hosey – AZ Writer

    LOVE the video; I have really got to try that. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • clinetj

    Thanks for all the love, fun and laughter you sent our way in 2010. You’ll never know how much your words help us. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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