Archive for ‘New Year’s Eve’

January 6, 2014

Making Enjoyable New Year’s Resolutions

Parker 11 cropI think I am old enough and have seen enough New Year’s resolutions come and go to realize they simply don’t work.  I’m taking a different spin on things this year.  I could easily make workout goals, eating goals, and goals for dealing with poor behavior in my children.  And I’m not saying I should not work on all those things, but I just don’t think the New Year is the time to do that.  I think the New Year is about celebrating the past year and looking forward to the year to come.

Instead of asking myself what I need to do better, I’m asking what I enjoyed doing and should do more of.  And this is what I came up with.  For my baby boy, I want to make sure that I read a book to him every day.  For my six-year-old who really loves to be cuddled,  I want to take time to put her on my lap and cuddle her each day.  For my nine-year-old who is bursting with thoughts and ideas, I want to make sure and stop what I am doing and really listen to her at least once each day.  For my husband who is taking on more hours each day so that he can have an extra day off every other week, I want to really enjoy that day with him with a date.  And for me, I want to allow myself to have a treat whenever I darn well feel like it.  And that, my friends, is how I think one should make a New Year’s Resolution.  Let’s enjoy more of the good things.

Have a blessed and enjoyable 2014!

December 31, 2013

Easy New Year’s Eve Traditions for Families

photoI realized the night before New Year’s Eve that we have absolutely no traditions except of course a toast of sparkling cider. I looked on Pinterest and there are some really wonderful ideas out there from some really amazing and creative Moms. But after the Christmas holiday, I am pooped, and I want and easy and enjoyable New Year’s Eve. I talked it over with my husband and this is what we came up with:

  • Takeout Chinese Food
  • Hooking the computer up to our TV and doing a slideshow of all of our 2013 pictures
  • Filling out a Happy New Year – family form to take some time to reflect on ourselves, what we enjoy, and what we look forward to doing next year. I developed this based on various ideas I saw on the internet and implementing some ideas of my own. Feel free to take it and print it off. If you make it any better or more cute, I would love a copy! This will be fun to look at as the years go by.
  • Game night with our board games.
  • We will never stray from our tradition of toasting with the some sparkling cider and ringing in the New Year. However we will celebrate EST at 9:00 p.m.

Happy New Year everyone!