This is one of my favorite traditions for many reasons. For one, I personally believe that no one who doesn't absolutely have to be out driving, should be on New Year's Eve. I saw on the news this morning that just in the Puget Sound, there were 4 fatal car accidents last night. Seriously. How terribly sad is that?
Last night I realized that this is most likely the last year that we'll be up celebrating while the kids sleep. I realize that most kids are up, watching the ball drop all happy and loopy, while ours are sawing logs. For now, they don't know that they're missing out, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time until they join us. I imagine that in a year or two, they'll be up, playing their own games and eating their share of junk. It'll be fun.
The last bedtime stories in 2013.
Today we welcomed the New Year with the adventure that we've been craving. By the time we got out, there wasn't much daylight left, but we learned that dusk can be kind of exciting. See those big trees there? Well, as we walked along, we heard some seriously loud hooting coming out of the woods. Paisley literally stopped in her tracks, sat down on the ground and just sat there, listening to the owls. They were loud. Okay, so maybe I was a touch freaked out. Big woods, and big hooting. I love where we live.
As we move into the New Year, I'd really like to make this space be a place that's not only useful for me to journal our life, but a place that also encourages you, brightens your day or benefits you somehow. I feel like over the last year blogging has became a very natural way for me to journal our life and it's became a great place for me to reflect, but it's become a space that's possibly not very useful for anyone besides myself. This isn't what I want. When I'm sharing my heart, my weaknesses, my thoughts, things that I'm working on or even recipes, I want it to be useful for you.
I'd love to be more intentional about sharing content that's meaningful for you and not just memories that I'll be happy to have jotted down years from now. I want to hear what would make this a place that's valuable for you. Go ahead and be honest!
I hope the first day of your new year was extra happy. It's going to be a great year, possibly the best one yet.