Well, we just counted down from 10, the ball dropped, we gave each other hugs and kisses, and the clock rolled over to 2007. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!
(Sorry, that's the best picture I could come up with! I definitely know one of the first things I'm going to do in 2007--wash that gray right out of my hair! ugh!)
I haven't posted since Friday, but I wanted to wait until today to post again so I could wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope that you all have had a fun and safe New Year's celebration and that you are looking to 2007 with excitement and anticipation!
What did we do to celebrate the New Year? For the first time in years, we did almost absolutely nothing! McKenna had a big all-night-long youth celebration with kids from three different churches (they're staying up all night playing dodge ball and laser tag, listening to a live band, eating pizza, and doing other assorted teen things! Sounds like fun, huh?) None of our friends planned to do anything together for some reason (actually, a few had to work tomorrow and two of our couple friends were kid-less for the night so they were doing "couple" activities), so we stayed at home.
Let's see ... our excitement was cooking a pizza, baking a cake for a get-together tomorrow, and shooting off some fireworks! But then we ran into Adrienne outside while we were doing fireworks, and Jaelyn came over to spend the evening with Delaney. So, it was really pretty fun after all (at least for the girls!)
Here are a few pictures of those festivities:
The kids doing fireworks out on the road in front of our house (sorry for the white faces; I used the flash on my camera and it didn't work entirely like I hoped!) . . .
Yes, that's my 2-year-old holding a sparkler! Go ahead and call DHR on me--lol! Actually, I could not believe Scout! She wasn't afraid at all of holding them and was running around wanting to see all the action! She is something else! . . .
Delaney putting on a "show" with her sparkler . . .
Jaelyn and Delaney yelling "Happy New Year" for the camera . . .
How did all of you celebrate the evening? I'd love to live vicariously through those of you who went dancing or out to eat or to fun parties!
One thing I like to do every year is make some New Year's resolutions. I know, I know . . . I rarely keep them, but I did actually read somewhere recently that you are 50% more likely to actually keep your resolutions if you make them in the first place. And 45% of Americans make them every year, so I guess I'm "normal" for that!
I found online several lists of the Top 10 resolutions made every year. One list said that the top ones made by Americans were: 1. Lose Weight, 2. Exercise, 3. Quit Smoking, 4. Quit Drinking, 5. Be a better person, 6. Spend more time with family, 7. Spend less time on the Internet, 8. Be more organized, 9. Get out of debt, and 10. Be more spiritual.
I really thought that list was pretty good (although I don't really have any unhealthy vices like smoking or drinking, I probably could spend a little less time on the Internet and could definitely lose a few pounds. And every year I want to be both more spiritual and more connected to my family. So, I guess those are pretty accurate in a lot of ways!)
Actually, the resolutions I am going to try and stick to this year include: Work on my mystery novel (I know, I know,
Do you make resolutions? If so, would any of those on the Top 10 list be on yours? If not, what are some of the ones you're making this year? I'd love to find out about your goals--and then maybe we could even keep each other accountable!
I honestly do want to say that one of the biggest blessings and rewards of 2006 was getting to know so many of you via my blog! I really feel like I have made some true friends from this fun little tool--which is really weird to me, that a computer could draw people together! But, hey, it's 2007-- anything's possible in this technological world of ours!
So--Happy New Year to all of my online friends--and I wish you MUCH, MUCH happiness and fulfillment in the year to come!