We had a very quiet (well as quiet as it gets in our house) and peaceful (ditto) New Year's Eve last night which included a McDonald's feast (our traditional Seafood Lasagna had to be postponed since I wasn't feeling well) followed by a hard fought game of Settlers of Catan, a family movie, and, of course, a little Dick Clark. Funny thing is that while most of us are night owls, we were all ready to hit the hay by midnight. Here are a few pics of our lively little group moments after ringing in the New Year with Sparkling Cider and a few shouts of enthusiasm.
Me and Hubby (tired but happy)
14 yo overflowing with enthusiasm
12 & 9 yos back to business
7 yo prepared to fight off the New Year's Eve monster (don't ask... I have no idea but it kept him amused for at least an hour)
I did take a few moments to reflect on what a peaceful, uneventful year 2006 was and prayed for us to continue to grow as a family of God's Kingdom. After things had settled down a bit and it was just me and my 2 oldest boys still awake, my 12 yos asked me if I had made a New Year's resolution. We laughed for a moment over my last year's resolution which was to go to Starbucks less often (I can tell you I had major rebellion to that commitment and anyone who knows me at all is laughing out loud right now), then I quietly, seriously tried to explain my hopeful resolution of buying less yarn. They both found this quite hysterical (as I'm sure you do too). So I asked my 12 yos if he had a resolution... he very sincerely replied that he had resolved to get to know God better. Such is the nature of his heart... I want to be just like him when I grow up.
I then turned to my 14 yos with the same question. Who, once we explained what a resolution was, simply replied, "Nope." I said, "You mean there's nothing you want to change? Nothing you want to improve or stop doing?" (I could've given him a list but I stayed silent.) He looked at me as I'm sure he looked at every teacher who announced a pop quiz last year and said, "Do I have to have one? I didn't know! You didn't tell me!" Ahhh.... we still have high hopes for him someday. Did I mention he's a really good athlete? Yep, 'nuf said.
Today will be full of football and knitting, as well as a little more Settlers and Scrabble Jr . Tomorrow we'll start to ease back into school as I can not handle another day of 5 exuberant boys fighting over x-box and tearing apart my house from morning til night. Obviously they are missing their books as well. :)