I have written an awful lot of New Year posts on this blog and for the Magical Childhood newsletters over the years. I started A Magical Childhood when my Annalee was just a baby in my arms as I typed, and next month she is turning 13!
I am so glad that life kept throwing us unexpected blessings and right now I get to make some magic with just about every age group (my “babies” are now 1, 5, 9, 12 and 14), and that I can still yap at you all in the middle of the night with a little person asleep in my lap. Thanks for understanding when there are weeks between those yappings, too!
I, for one, am kind of happy to see 2012 on its way out the door. This was a rather intense year for our family, especially with Victoria’s cancer diagnosis, sepsis, surgeries and some continuing immune issues. At the end of it all, though, we’re so blessed and we know it.
I wrote this for New Year’s Eve in 2003, with my baby Jack in my arms. It seemed appropriate to post again.
I wish you and your families all the best for the new year. It’s so easy to get caught up in the mayhem and the clutter and the lists of what we ought to be doing. Don’t forget what the biggest things on your to-do lists should be– having fun, loving the heck out of your children & relishing life.
Slow down. Give things up. Laugh it off. Make each day count, with at least one thing that is magical or truly matters. And give yourself a break!
And when life gets crazy this year, take the advice of those wisest of people (aerobics instructors) and don’t forget to breathe.
Happy New Year!!
Alicia (December 29, 2003)
PS Click here if you want 10 awesome ways to ring in the new year with kids. Again, it’s stuff I’ve recycled from various Magical Childhood posts in years past. I do that a lot!
Here’s wishing us all a truly magical, happy, healthy new year.