End of 2013 / Happy New Year!

party.hatsCan you believe that today is the last day of 2013?  Neither can I!

This year has flown by for us.  It has been a good one with many changes – both good and bad.  Now is the time to look back on the year that was and think ahead to the coming year.

For the first time in many years, my family didn’t have a vacation this year.  I hope that we can change that and enjoy the rest of our break for Ian from school.  Perhaps we can do a few things around town and have fun!

We lost a few people who are close to us this year and that has been really hard.  Several friends and family members are having health issues and I am praying for them to get better very soon.  I hope also that we will have a wonderful and healthy coming year!  Hope you will as well!

Also, this year I began working with the PTO at Ian’s school.  I am serving as the secretary.  It has been a great way to meet people and get involved.  I have made some new friends as well.  So this has been a fun use of my time.

This week, I read in a magazine some fun items for the end of 2013.  Here they are with my answers:

**Plans at Midnight:  I hope to be awake long enough to kiss my husband and say Happy New Year!  We usually watch the ball drop in Times Square with a sleeping boy in his room and us fighting to stay awake.  Nights out partying into the new year are a thing of the past.

**Celebratory Drink: White Zinfandel in a glass with ice.  This is my favorite way to give a toast!  To 2013, cheers.  To 2014, may it be a good one!

**Hangover Cure:  Don’t drink enough to need this.

**One Word To Describe 2013: Changes.  With Ian starting school and so much else going on, it truly has been a year of transition for us.  It was hard at first but knowing how much he loves school and learning has made it so much easier.

**Dream Travel for 2014: I hope my family can go to the beach for vacation and see my cousin in South Carolina (perhaps the same trip or two trips).  We’ll see what we can do.

Tonight our church has a service that we plan to attend.  We will celebrate communion, which is a cool way to usher out the old year, I think.  And, then we’ll eat with my parents and get home before it gets too late.

Then Wednesday late morning, I plan to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade in its entirety.  This, in my opinion, is by far the best parade of the year.  Ian is looking forward to it as well.  A lazy day will be wonderful!!!  Whatever you do to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, may you be safe and careful!

Here are the words of Auld Lang Syne, which I am sure we will hear at some point tonight.  What do you think of the words?  I think it’s important to remember old acquaintances and be thankful for them.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Here are a few quotes about New Year’s:

  • “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”– Brad Paisley
  • “We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” — Edith Lovejoy Pierce
  • “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” — Joey Adams

Happy New Year!

Happy.New.Year.2013Today is the first day of 2013.  Can you believe that?  I know I sure can’t.

The year 2012 flew by and was full of many good things and some bad as well.  I am hopeful for a better year this year.

Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions this year?  This is the start of a new year and a new slate so we can resolve to make some changes.

Or we can just plan to make them and not be done with them after a few months as often happens with resolutions.

Here are a few things that I want to do in 2013:

  • Have more time with my friends and family
  • Write regularly and make time for writing a story or book
  • Practice the piano more often
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes each day
  • Eat less and eat better food
  • Read my Bible each day
  • Prepare myself for Ian starting kindergarten
  • Have regular dates with my husband
  • Read more and watch less television
  • Finally lose the baby weight!!!

These are the first things that I could think of.  Perhaps there are more but I think this is enough for now.

I hope that you too can do whatever you set your mind to as this new year begins!  Enjoy!!

A few quotes about the new year:

  • “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”  ~ Charles Lamb
  • “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”  ~ Hal Borland
  • “Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. ” ~ Author Unknown
  • “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Every man should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with a fresh page.  Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.”  ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • “New Year’s Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”  ~ Mark Twain