To be honest, I don't really think much of New Year's Eve as an event, preferring to babysit when I was a teenager (double or even triple pay!); avoiding 'big night out' scenarios as much as possible in my 20s; having a few good ones in my 30s; and now being more than happy to stay at home as a family. But I do like New Year's Day, the start of a whole new 365, and all the excitements and possibilities it may hold.
Writing this on a bright, sunny morning, albeit in bed with a hot, fevery, poorly baby either side of me, I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling optimistic about the new year ahead. For us, 2012 was not a great year, despite of course the safe arrival of our beautiful Sophia, and the wonder of our growing little girl, Lara. (Growing in development more than stature, although she may just scrape into her age 2-3 clothes before her third birthday!)
But I digress, 2012 saw too many money problems, too many family problems, too much time wasted on unimportant stuff and not enough dedicated family time, and too much illness. Beginning the new year in the throes of 'flu will not mean more of the last, we trust!
The blogosphere is awash with people resolving to step back from social media, to turn their phones/laptops/iPads off for at least a little while each day. Writing as someone with no mobile phone currently (so liberating!), and who only sporadically dips in to the electronic world during the day/week, I heartily agree!! Turn it all off, as often as possible, and concentrate on the important stuff! Not to mention the dangers of WiFi and all that electromagnetic activity for you and your children.
Yet one of our resolutions is along the same lines: to spend more time on the stuff that matters, i.e. limiting the work, the cleaning, the paperwork, the life admin etc etc in favour of more family time, more fun, more memory-making. Which kind of leads into, and feeds off of resolution two, to be better organised. Lists, schedules, diaries, you get the picture!
Our final one harks back to my opening paragraph - we need to eat better. As last year progressed, we got lazy, reverted back to cooking the same old, same old; and, due to financial constraints, tended to ensure the girls ate better than we did. No more. The Abel & Cole order has been renewed, which will lead to much kitty and child excitement every Friday morning, and the two wonderful volumes of the lovely Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries, and Tender, are awash with Post-its!
Here's to a fantastic 2013 everyone, Happy New Year!
What are your resolutions for the year ahead?
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