As I sat at home last night with the family watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I could not help but think that this was not how New Year’s Eve was supposed to be. The boys were not supposed to have the flu. Summer was not supposed to have yet more ear and tonsil issues. We were not supposed to be possibly planning yet another surgery for another little.
However, then I remembered that, of course, it was exactly how it was supposed to be. Having sick littles has allowed us to all sit together in the living room by the fireplace watching movies and football for the past four days. We have stayed in our pajamas, rested, relaxed, and just slowed down to really enjoy each other. The past few months have been crazy and busy mixed with more crazy and busy. So, yes, the past four days have been great. Of course, I wish that the littles were not sick, but, unfortunately, they are. And, since they are, we will just go with it. We rang in the New Year together, as a family, in our living room watching more movies, eating Oreos and ice cream, and dreaming of a healthy, happy, peaceful 2013.
I also had a chance to look back on what the past year brought our way.
March 2012 started with celebrating a special birthday for a little boy who woke up sick on his birthday, an action-packed Spring break, which included visiting the dinosaur tracks, and a little bit of happiness that included our favorite chocolate cupcakes.
July 2012 began with a family trip to Enchanted Rock, Independence Day, which included a yummy cobbler and some cute littles, one of my favorite recipe creations, Harry Potter and Butterbeer, Sean’s birthday, which included chocolate cake, a special birthday for a 4th baby, and a family outing to a magical little swimming hole.
August 2012 began with our annual family reunion, followed by a special annual watermelon trip to Nonna and Gran’s house, Kinder Camp for a little girl who was so excited to begin a new chapter in her book of life, a rainbow inspired back to school celebration, and the 1st day of school.
November 2012 proved that kindness transcends words, family field trips to support one of our own are so special, pumpkin spice lattes rock, there is nothing quite like a thankful heart, and putting up the Christmas tree is like taking a trip down memory lane.
December 2012 held family Christmas celebrations, a trip home for the holidays, a birthday celebration for Jesus, a letter from Santa that included new words for 2013, a magical Christmas, and a happy New Year’s Eve.