I really don't enjoy the holiday of New Year's Eve. I never have. But I always love a new year. Maybe for the same reason I like mornings and Mondays. Just the idea of a clean slate is appealing to me. I love reflecting on all that has happened, and thinking about what we know for sure this year holds for us, and imagining what will happen that we don't know about.
I always take a long luxurious bubble bath on New Year's Eve. It's like my own personal tradition of washing away the old. I give myself a facial, shave my legs and feel all clean and ready for the new year. Last night I thought about how hard the beginning of last year was. Aaron left on New Year's Day and I stayed in Arizona for 10 days with our kids. 3 year old Olivia, 2 year old Abigail and brand spankin new Nathan. It was HARD. My hormones were crazy. I wanted my own bed, my own home, and my husband to get up with the bed wetters, deal with the tantrums and bad dreams, and I just wanted to connect with and love on my new baby. But we got through it and I suppose I'm stronger for the experience.
But last night was just perfect. We did fireworks with the kids at 8:00 - and let them think it was midnight. They loved it so much. We were just together as our little family and it was so perfect. Besides the fact that Nathan cried and cried and cried for hours yesterday. I told Aaron that is a plus to having more than one kid. If one is super grumpy it's tolerable because at least you have two other kids who are being cute. If Nathan was my only child yesterday, I don't even know. I would have gone a little more nuts. Poor boy is still getting more teeth. He got a molar! Hopefully the other one comes in quickly and we can be done for a while.
Anyway, I'm full of all sorts of resolutions. Lose weight. Take more pictures. Read more books. Family scripture study. Cook a new recipe every day for 30 days. Play more with my kids. Overcome my sugar addiction (seriously it's an addiction at this point, people). Blog more. And if at least one of those are successful we'll call it a good year.
2013 felt like it would never get here. This is the year Aaron graduates from LECOM. The year we will find out where we will get a residency, or a job. We will most likely be moving. I can't wait to find out where. Olivia will start Kindergarten in August this year. I'm sure there will be a few trips to New Jersey. Certainly a trip to Erie for graduation in June. So much to look forward to!