Traditionally, we have hosted a gathering at our house for NYE, with lots of hors' deurves, drinks, games, and merriment. But this year, it was just the four of us. We celebrated New Year's Eve in style: with a fine and healthy dinner of cocktail weenies, shrimp dip, and Cheeetos. And we ate it in the living room. Because only on that extremely rare occasion when a snow day occurs on New Year's Eve would one get to do such a ridiculous thing!
|Bad parenting + watching Elf (again) = Cheeto covered baby. It's just math, people.|
Because if there's one thing that I consistently seem to be reminded of when the New Year rolls around each year, it's that life goes waaaaay faster than I ever imagined it would. My baby, my sweet and silly baby boy who has perfected the art of knowing just the right moment to give out one of his melt-your-heart smiles with a giant hug & kiss (usually the moment right before Mommy is going to send him to time out) is nearly two years old. Not a baby anymore.
|Snuck in to get one last picture in 2010. My little angelic boy, this is the only time he's ever sitting still!|
And my grown-up girl, my beautiful, compassionate and joyful girl with the soul of an artist, the body of an athlete, and the mouth of a sailor will start Kindergarten in this new year. The lump in my throat gets huge and I blink back the tears when I think about how quickly it's all seemed to go.
|My little punkin. When she sleeps, she looks just the same as she did as a newborn. Happy New Year, sweet girl.|
Just over Christmas break, I borrowed my mother-in-law's DV camera to transfer some of the old video tapes I had of Asha from 0-2 years (my old camera broke over 2 years ago and I was never able to get them off there, so Grama Debbie saved my memories!! Yay!) As I watched (in fast-forward) my baby girl go from cooing infant, to rolling over, to crawling, to walking, to babbling toddler in a matter of a few hours, it struck me that it did truly seem like the past 4 1/2 years have gone by in fast-forward mode. Heck, the past 10 years have flown by, and I'm sure it doesn't slow down anytime soon. Don't blink, right?
But that very thing was one of the reasons why I began keeping up this blog in the first place -- to write down the little things about our life as of now, lest we forget. I started with a little weight loss journey that I quickly dropped because it was A) boring and B) senseless to worry about petty crap like that. But don't get me wrong, I'm now 15 pounds lighter than I was at this time last year. And we made some big changes to the way we eat to include healthier foods and less eating out, so that was that. The Time Machine Tuesday posts were fun, maybe I'll keep those around once in awhile, and the Techy Thursday was a one-time deal, but I may bring that back around too! Keeping this blog was so much fun, and I hope to be able to do even more with it in 2011.
So I look back on the 2010 that flew by in a flash and realized I learned a few things this year:
- A little girls' excitement about going to the amusement park is almost equivalent to that of her Daddy's once they're buckling themselves into their first ride together.
- Raising boys is SO different from raising girls! Mud, puppies, boogers, poop, destruction, you name it -- I was not prepared for parenting a little boy. Always surprising, always challenging, always fun.
- What happens at work stays at work. If you take your stress home, your family pays for the crap that got dumped on you that day, and this is not fair to them. It also steals away those little moments that are totally worth enjoying instead of stressing about other stuff that's out of your control.
- Marathon car trips are a huge pain in the ass, but when traveling to visit family they are more than worth the trouble. Oh, and portable DVD players are totally worth the cost.
- I don't show appreciation for my husband nearly enough. He is a rock star Dad, husband, and son who does way more than his fair share for our family without so much as a thank-you sometimes. He is my rock, balances me, and helps me keep my sense of humor in our crazy life!
- Sometimes decks just fall right off houses! Sometimes you back into the babysitters' car! Sometimes the adorable new puppy will leave unwelcome 'gifts' for you! Sometimes your days will just about end you! Sometimes your husband will forget to take the snoose out of his pocket before washing his pants! But if you don't laugh about it you'll never get through it all, and with enough sanity left over to enjoy the good stuff.
- Sometimes you just need a fresh start.
- Playing like a kid is way more fun than playing like a grownup.