New Years Eve is the craziest day of the year in our house. It is a complete, utter, backwards day that starts the day off with turning around the pajamas. This one hurt to watch; it just looked really uncomfortable.
The kids woke up, took showers and I prepared breakfast, err...dinner. Ice cream sandwiches started the meal and some of us had grilled cheese and some had leftover Indian food. I begrudgingly ate and definitely felt it mid-morning (I have to wait a while to eat) but I knew that I needed to participate. The Pickies were absolutely pleased to have Mommy at the kitchen table in the morning.
We then cuddled up and watched "Mr. Popper's Penguin"...which is a terrific movie if you haven't seen it. I really fought every urge to do laundry, meal-plan, knit or do anything during the movie. I'm glad I just chilled; the kids were so pleased. We had our dear friends stop in, had our usual lunch and naptime, but then at dinner...you guessed it: Blueberry pancakes, roasted hash brown potatoes, tempeh bacon and a curried scrambled tofu. OK, maybe you wouldn't have guessed the bacon and tofu part, but hey,we like it. :)
We finished the evening off with snuggling up on the couch with the dogs and watching the surprisingly-hilarious "Winnie the Pooh" movie...another good one. The kids went to bed with full bellies and a happy heart. It turned out to be a terrific day and it only required us to stretch our imagination a bit more and meal-plan a little different. It was completely worth the queasiness I felt mid-morning after eating an ice cream sandwich and grilled cheese sandwich at 7:30am. ;)
Another crazy thing hubs and I did yesterday is that we unplugged from our phones and computers while the kids were awake. This, in itself, caused me quite a bit of anxiety but then he said to me, "We aren't Amish; it's OK to check your email occasionally." I don't want my children to grow up and reflect on childhood with a mother who was constantly glued to an iPhone, like much of my fellow generation. And what did I get to do yesterday? I colored. I built train tracks. I pretended to be a dog. I watched movies. It was a great day.
It is never too late to start a tradition. It may surprise you how a crazy idea can turn into something so sentimental and loved.
Happy New Year to you and yours.