Saturday, December 31, 2016

Celebrate: Endings and Beginnings

Discover. Play. Build.

There's a symmetry I like in our family holiday celebration. We end and begin each year together as family. 

Our boys and their families come home to celebrate over New Year's.  6 kids, 3 dogs, 5 adults.  1 bathroom.  It's chaos. I'm not going to lie.

And I love every minute of it.

Morning begins with cuddles for Grandma. We'll have coffee and hot chocolate and talk before the other grown-ups come down. I'll find out about school and listen to silly conversations. I'll find out what books they like to read and what books they are reading in school (not always the same thing, as you know).  Chloe and the other dogs will do their best to budge in on those morning cuddles and grab a few of their own.

We'll make plans for summer and Grandma will begin her countdown to lake time. 

Saturday afternoon will find basketball and football games on TV. Card games and board games will be played. And there will be food. Lots of food.

Presents will be exchanged. Love shared.

Movies watched. Lots of conversation. 

New Year's Eve we will watch the ball drop and say good-bye to 2016. And while there were good MOMENTS in the year, we'll be happy to see it go and hope to DISCOVER better things in 2017.

Happy New Year to you and yours. The adventure awaits.


  1. Love this! Chaos can be such a thing to celebrate -- and what lucky grandchildren!

  2. Nothing better than family! Love your words, "There's a symmetry I like in our family holiday celebration. We end and begin each year together as family. ... It's chaos. I'm not going to lie." But what fun! Brings to mind when our kids were young, we converged every Thanksgiving on the old ranch house in OK with 3 little bedrooms, 1 bath, and 1 very long narrow living room -- usually 10 adults in beds and couches and 10 kids in a row on the living room floor. While you count down to "lake time," I will be counting down to "coast time" when my kids and grands will all be together in a big beach house. Love your word: DISCOVER! Happy New Year.

  3. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate the chaos of loved ones joined together in small places. When the kids argue with each other, sometimes I forget to find joy in the chaos. Enjoy the New Year and time with family.

  4. What a great celebration. You are a lucky lady to have all of the lovely chaos! Enjoy your new year with the word DISCOVER!

  5. I, too, love symmetry. What a wonderful way to begin and end the year! Have fun DISCOVERing more moments in 2017!

  6. Your post is filled with the warmth and love of family. Happy New Year, Deb!

  7. What a wonderful celebration of love, life, and family. Happy New Year, Deb.