I love a new year, don't you!?! The slate is wiped clean and it feels like you get to start all over again. It's a wonderful feeling! And a new year also means a new start for my poor, poor neglected blog! I had to take a step back and figure out why I was blogging. When I started this blog in 2007 I started it to keep a record of what we were doing, especially as I got farther and farther behind in my scrapbooking. I knew the blog would be a great way to go back and have the stories to go with the pictures when I finally got around to srapping them. Then, I got all caught up in getting followers and blah, blah. Now don't get me wrong, I do love those of you who follow our little blog! But recognizing that I started this blog as a sort of record keeping and a way for long distance family and friends to keep up with what we were doing, and watch the kids grow, the sudden "need" to have lots of followers started to get overwhelming. I looked at other blogs and what they were doing, and how many followers they had and I felt like a failure in comparison. But I didn't start this blog to get thousands of followers, and it's time to get back to the bones. So in 2013 I'll be getting back to regular posts about what is going on in our lives. I'm embarking on a serious fight to get organized and find a routine (daily, as well as cleaning) that works for me. I'm going to be menu planning again (with the costs of everything looking to go up in 2013 a menu plan is going to become essential to keeping costs down). You'll hear about my obsession with Pinterest (the heavens part....AHHHHH!!!) and Instagram (how awesome is Instagram!!) And of course, my kids will continue to be the stars of the show around here. After all, they are our abundant blessings and we are so blessed to have them!
Speaking of Pinterest (are you on there yet?!? If not, why not!?!? It's amazing!!!), I found so many great ideas that we used for our New Years' Eve celebration this year. Our circle of friends actually ended up with no plans this year for New Years' Eve, so for the first time in probably 5 years we were at home with the kids. I knew it was going to take some planning to keep them engaged and playing nicely as we counted down to the New Year. So, off to Pinterest I went!
First, I found this idea from The Real Thing with the Coake Family.
She made these bags for her daughters, one bag for each hour of their family's New Years' Eve party. Inside each bag was an activity for the family to do together. I loved this idea and decided to make up some bags myself. Using plan brown lunch bags, white cardstock, my Cricut machine and some markers I created 12 bags.
Inside each bag I placed an activity. The first one was a little bit of trickery on my part, but it needed to be done! lol
|Source: realcoake.blogspot.com via Kari on Pinterest|
|Not nearly as cute..but they got the job done :-)|
|It's time to start the night off right, we don't want you to scream or fight. Just run around and pick up those toys, so we can have fun and make lots of noise!|
That was our activity for the 1 o'clock hour: cleaning up the playroom and the living room so that we would have the space to have fun. Nothing kills the fun buzz worse than stepping on a car or a Lego!
For the 2 o'clock hour we spent some time looking back at 2012. We used 2 different printables, one for the adults and one for the kids. The printable for the kids came from Amy's Finer Things.
|Source: amysfinerthings.com via Kari on Pinterest|
I liked that this printable had a space to write the kids heights and weights. We broke out a measuring tape and the Wii Fit scale. Each child had an adult to help them fill out their sheets. They turned out so cute! And they'll be great to go back and look at as I'm trying to scrapbook pictures from this year :-)
The reflection for the adults came from one of my favorite blogs, The Dating Divas.
|Source: thedatingdivas.com via Kari on Pinterest|
|Our girl didn't need any help-it's kind of sad when they can start filling out things without your help! Except for the occasional "How do you spell ________?"|
We played some Wii games (bowling and Just Dance 3-what a workout!!!)
|This little guy is good! His first time ever playing Wii bowling and he bowled a 72!|
|The pile on the desk...the reason I am on an organization mission in 2013! lol Oh, and yes, that is a broken arm! I'll have to share that story soon!|
|And that little thing...he'll be 5 months old this week! Can you believe it!?!? I sure can't!!!|
|This game totally wore me out! You don't need an expensive gym membership! Just buy any of the Just Dance games!!|
|Yummy, yummy homemade potato skins. I'll never buy potato skins again! Too easy and too delicious to make on your own!|
|All the yummies!|
|I think Jonah was trying to use his powers of ESP to figure out what was on his card! lol|
Another of our activities for the night included calling grandparents to wish them a happy New Year!
Finally, it was time to countdown! With the exception of Jonah's little cat nap the kids made it all the way to midnight! I didn't know if they would (let's be honest, I didn't know if I would at times!! lol) but they did. And it was so much fun to ring in the new year with all of us together as a family!
|10, 9, 8....|
|Happy New Year! Welcome 2013 (2013-how crazy is that!?!? And where is my flying car?!?! Just sayin'!)|
|After midnight snuggles! Yup, even the baby was up!|
|And just a few days after New Years baby came down with RSV and an ear infection. The tears you see here we thought were from teething. Turns out not!|
|But after a little Tylenol the smiles were back!|
Happy 2013 my friends! 2012 was a great year for us, but here's hoping 2013 will be even better!