Sunday, January 1, 2012

Out With The Old...In With The New

Happy New Year's Everyone!

I hope that January 1, 2012 finds you all well, happy and healthy - or at least on your way to becoming that way.

We didn't sit around last night and discuss new years goals, resolutions and hopes as we've done in past years, instead we had a lovely time partying with family and friends in our home. 

But first, I want to tell you about one of the traditions we had at New Years Eve and New Years Day when the kids were young and all at home.

We would sit around on New Year's Eve and make lists - with me as scribe.  Each of us would tell what our favorite happening of the old year was, and what we wanted to have happen in the new year.  It was always fun to see what the kids would come up with.  On New Year's Day in 1979 we had five children ranging in age from 9 months old to almost seven years old.  When it came time for our oldest child, Rob, to tell what his favorite event of 1978 was, he said it was the birth of his first brother in March.  When asked what he wanted to happen in 1979, he said he would like us to have another baby!  Being the dutiful parents, always trying to please the kids, we promptly got busy and on December 4, 1979, Mary Ellen was born.  That was the last time any of the kids expressed the wish for a new baby as a New Year's goal.  But we did go ahead and have our 7th baby six years later.

I found the notebook with the lists for several years in it a few years ago.  What fun it was to go through it and review what was important in our lives at that time and to see how the children's opinions and wishes changed as they grew older. 

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Last night Lloyd and I hosted a party in our home.  His sisters both live in this area, as do their adult children, so they attended.  An old high school buddy of Lloyd's and his wife attended, as did a couple of our nieces and nephews, our son Mike and his wife Avril, and of course Amy, Curtis and their four kids and Mary and Greg and their two kids, all of who have been spending the holiday with us.  It was a great time.  Everyone had fun and tons of food got devoured.  We set the six kids up downstairs with a table of snacks, games and activities, under the control of the oldest, 9-year old Kenzie.  They were all determined to stay up till midnight to do the toast and countdown.  Meantime, the adults spread out and played games, visited, talked and laughed, and ate.  Lloyd made his famous diabetic sugar-free non-alcoholic punch which everyone loves, his sister brought a big pot of chile, others brought salad and sweets, and we provided hors d'hourves enough to sink a ship.  The 'piece de resistance' however, was the cake our niece, Gail, brought.  She has an in-home cake baking and decorating business and created a special one for last night.

Gail and her cake

The special New Year's Eve cake

The kids were remarkably well behaved.  The mothers went downstairs regularly to check on them and refill their snacks.  We really didn't think they could stay up till midnight though so at a few minutes to 10 we brought them all upstairs and we all congregated in one room for the toast and countdown.  They thought it was midnight so they were happy.  Everyone was served a small glass of sparkling fruit juice, the kids clinked glasses with the adults, we sang Auld Lang Syne, Jim toasted the year, and the kids were happily in bed by 10:45, and the adults partied on till midnight.

The kid's party - vegetable smiles
Clinking Glasses
Jim's philosophy - sounds good

What a great way to start a new year. 

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LaelShine said...

WHat a lovely fun-filled celebration! That cake is gorgeous,yum.
Happy New Year!

TARYTERRE said...

WOW that LOOKS like a FUN night with family and friends. Tis the season to celebrate. The cake looked yummy. Liked the pillow that says, "Start off slow, then taper off." Your tradition of making lists of your favorite happening throughout year was a nice idea. We spent New years eve seeing a Las Vegas crooner belt out old Frank Sinatra songs. Tickets were bought before hubby lost his job and I tore my meniscus in both knees. So I hobbled along. But it was fun. May you and your family be blessed in the New Year. Take care.

Ellie said...

Sounds like a great way to finish an old year and start a brand new one. :)

just call me jo said...

Glad you had a fun,family party. Go into 2012 guns ablazin'.

Granny Annie said...

I doubt you are going to be able to put that over on the kids much longer. They look like a sharp bunch. Love the cake. Happy New Year to you and yours!

Chatty Crone said...

Whoo hoo that cake looks good. Happy New Year to you. sandie

Bouncin' Barb said...

Great post and pics. That cake is amazing. Good idea with the kids too! Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Happy New Year!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you had such a great New Years Eve! You really did have a house full. I love the idea of how you all would write about your year. It's a great idea for families to do. Have a very Happy New Year!

Delena said...

Sounds like a wonderful celebration with your family. You are creating memories for those children!

Sara said...

Happy New Year!
We have had the "list" tradition for the past 20 years. We don't make resolutions for the New Year...we list our favourite memories from the year past. Then the file goes away until the next New Year's Eve...when we bring it back out and review some of the years gone past before we record our newest memories. I think a lot of our family's history would be forgotten if it wasn't for that file!

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