Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year - 2010!

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a great year in 2010 -- my oldest daughter is turning 9 this month, we are anxiously anticipating visits from my mother this month and our Long Island family in February. We are already planning a big trip to NYC for a cousin's wedding in June, and we plan to stay in the city and take the girls sightseeing for the first time. Hopefully even to a Broadway show! Later this year, my little one will move from the 3's preschool class to the 4's -- 1 more year until kindergarten (ugh!) and my older girlie will "graduate" from her current elementary school and move up to a new school for 4th - 6th grade. Lots of great stuff, lots of big changes!

For the most part, for our little family of 4, 2009 was a pretty great year! We got to spend lots of time with family and friends, and took some great trips to Florida and Long Island. Our littlest girl started attending preschool which brought back great memories from our first time there, and it allowed my husband and I the opportunity to spend time with her at her school.

Last night we said goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010 in our new family tradition -- we had a nice little New Year's party at home with the girls and after they were in bed, we had a nice, quiet New Year's dinner just the two of us! I told my nearly 9-year-old that next year she can stay up until midnight if she would like -- not last night though! She was recovering from a birthday sleepover at her friend's house the night before, where she stayed up until 4am! Oh my... Anyway, last night's celebration with the girls included New Year's Eve "tiaras", party horns, their favorite treat - McDonald's Happy Meal for dinner, festive dessert, and our traditional homemade holiday crackers. I also taped "Happy New Year's, Charlie Brown" which they enjoyed watching as well.

Today we are continuing the New Year's celebration with a trip to the movies to see Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" and some of our favorite Chinese food for dinner! It has been a wonderful holiday vacation, and we are going to savor the last couple of days before I return to work and the girls return to school on Monday!

Have you been enjoying your holidays? What New Year's traditions do you and your family share?


Kristin said...

Sounds like a lovely way to ring in the New Year and I wish you all the very best for 2010.

Funny thing is for me is since having my LO I find New Year's Eve a lot more festive and I look forward to celebrating it. I enjoy doing our traditional family Sushi dinner and this year we had party hat tiaras and noise makers too.

Well Happy New Year!

Christine said...

So nice!!!! What a lovely post!

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

Thank you - I hope you all enjoyed your holiday, too! K, it sounds like you are starting some nice traditions of your own! C - how were the crackers? :)

Christine said...

The crackers were expensive and then Will was at Target and bought more today....

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

Is this a new, weekly tradition, or did he buy them early for next year? Ok, seriously -- send him my way next year and he and I can make them together! I believe this year's cost me a total of $2 (and I have enough left over for next year's...) and took about 10 mins!