It’s almost impossible for me to believe that it’s nearly 2009, which sounds like a freaky-leaky sci-fi year and not a year that we actually will be LIVING in. I think that in my mind, real years start with 19-something, despite the fact that 2/5 of my household were born in the 2000s and another 1/5 was hanging out in diapers in the latter half of 1999. Still, though.
2008 hasn’t been – and I’m knocking on wood here – that bad. It was pretty busy, but I managed to not nearly die this year, which is always a plus, and the kids are still pretty cute, and we’re keeping our head above water economically, so I’m grateful for all of that. We’re going to celebrate in our usual fashion, which means hanging out at homes, playing board games and eating appetizers and nursing whatever dread illnesses we managed to pick up over Christmas. We are warily allowing The Girl to invite her BFF over for the night, but that is only because we are VERY nice and also because she’s a pretty good kid. I realize that’s pretty low-key, but by December 31st, it’s ALL we are up to.
I keep seeing big menu plans for fancy New Year’s Eve dinners, which is fine if you can stand it, I guess, but right NOW I never want to eat again, thanks to… let me think… SEVEN family gatherings over the past four days, all of which involved MASSIVE amounts of food. Nothing but dour water and lettuce for me right now, thank you. So we’re probably just going to do a cheese fondue and some boxed appetizers – because I REALLY do not want to cook at this moment – and something child-pleasing for dessert and that is IT.
New Year’s Eve used to be THE big party night of the year, and now it’s turned into a quiet night at home, which is the sort of thing you never suspect that you might eventually want someday – and this is why I’m not a big plan-maker, because who KNOWS what I’ll like ten years from now? Right now, though, the idea of a quiet night with all my kids and some easy yummy food and probably a million rounds of Mario Kart sounds just PERFECT, sounds like the ideal end to a year that was certainly not perfect but that was more than good enough.
So what are you doing New Year’s Eve? Has it been a good year for you and yours?