New Years Eve – Family Style

Jan 6, 2011 | Uncategorized | 15 comments

It’s funny.
Getting older.
I used to pitch such a fit on New Years Eve… there is never anything to do.  People are so lame.  I always wanted to go to a Breakfast at Tiffany type party.  Wall to wall people in dresses and suits with swanky music playing and champagne flowing.  
Dang, that still sounds so much fun.
But, truth be told I haven’t seen midnight on New Years Eve in at least three years.   And ’til the perfect swanky party comes up I am so content with this chapter of my life.  Content to play a truly horrible game like Chutes and Ladders with my kids (I mean, shoot me now.)   I am content to wear my ugly, old pyjama’s that Joel bought me back when we used to exchange gifts… content to dance with my daughter to Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy over and over and over again.  Content to watch Joel and Aidan beat the TAR out of each other… Aidan showing of his testosterone for all of us to see.
The next day we stayed in our jammies all day and read books and magazines… all day.  Homemade pizza, a nap…
Can’t imagine that is gets much better than that.


  1. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    Content….is a wonderful place to be. Even the Bible tells us to work to find our way there! It sounds like a wonderful way to start your New Year. Lovely memories for you and your kids. (And amen to the inane game of Chutes ‘n Ladders!)

  2. Janelle - The Farmer's Wife

    how fun…I also took a very good nap on New Year’s day. Amazing how much a good nap is worth!

  3. Pamela

    Sounds like the perfect New Year’s to me!
    Pamela 🙂

  4. Kalee

    While the party idea sounds lovely, I’ve found that they do end up being either one you can’t remember well (too much bubbly) or not as exciting as you think they will be. I want something perfect like in the movies and those are perfectly orchestrated and directed.

    Your eve sounds like a blast! And I am sure your children are going to remember it years from now.

  5. Jen Chandler

    It’s been too long since I last stopped by to your beautiful blog!

    Your New Year’s Eve and Day sound wonderful. I know you kids will look back and remember how much fun they had (even the monotony of Chutes ‘n Ladders) and you’ll look back and be thankful for the memories.

    A lovely Hollywood inspired champagne celebration does sound heavenly though. Perhaps next year!


  6. Josephine Rose

    For some reason this year I just wanted to stay home and nest and snuggle. Instead drove over two mountain passes on slick icy roads to be with Grandma and Grandpa:) Our New Year’s Eve supper was clam chowder with homemade cheese puffs made with french bread, grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade vanilla bean cake with Swiss Meringue buttercream frosting early birthday cake for grandma!!

    And is that a piano I see in one of your pictures??!! Do you play?

  7. Tina

    That sounds like utter bliss! In a house with two teens and just me, it was pretty “meh”…glad they were enjoying themselves but I was just as content to sleep and be awakened by my son at midnight. This is really lame, but even my elderly parents were awake and called at 12:01!!! I’m sure, though, it was lights out right afterward:)

  8. Relyn

    It doesn’t. I’m sure of it. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  9. Adrienne

    Sounds delightful – much more fulfilling than a fancy party.

    Any chance you may want to paint a Marie Antoinette picture for me to buy for my next Exercise reward? I am interested in the smaller one – Notre Riene I think it’s called. If not, don’t worry…I know you are one busy woman!


  10. Life in the 'Burbs

    Seven New Year’s Days ago, you came through for us as only true friends can when I went into early labor with Jack due to the stomach flu, only to have it stop, and come back home again. Thank you for watching Sam and Elle on that day :o) He turns 7 in less than 2 weeks and my heart breaks that he is getting so old…my baby…

  11. Musings From A French Cottage

    Sounds like a beautiful place to be. Our New Years was much the same. My husband had to work on New Years Eve so the kids and I baked some homemade cookies and had a midnight cookie party (well, two of them at least..the youngest two fell asleep) We toasted the new year with homemade fruit and gingerale punch served in champagne flutes!!

    Perfect if you ask me!!

    God Bless and Happy New Year,

  12. à la parisienne

    Yes, motherhood seems to make New Year’s Eve and sometimes even a swanky date here and there obsolete.
    But ’tis a short, precious chapter~ dancing the night away could never compare to dancing with a gleeful child. (But one night my husband and I WILL go dancing-alone!)


  13. Deanna

    Family style and loven it!

  14. Tamra

    My husband was a little bit of a wild child before we married. After our third daughter was born we had quite the routine in winter….7 o’clock the teapot was turned on, the girls were fresh out of the tub picking out their books to read, toys were picked up and by 7:45 all were in bed tucked in for the night. 8 o’clock sharp we were in bed with a cup of cocoa and good tv show and lights out by 9:30. One night my husband turned to me and said, “If you would have told me years ago that I would be so happy to be in bed at eight o’clock with a cup of cocoa and little baby next to me I’d have said you’re crazy! But I am so happy.”

    Yes it’s the little things that truly make us happy. Now our girls go out as we head off to bed. They think we’re duds, but we are soooo happy.

    Enjoy every moment, it will fly by faster than you can imagine.


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