New Year’s Day – New Beginnings All Around

I have never really celebrated New Year’s Eve. I mean, I did in my high school years and a little bit of the college years but that’s it. I was always in the restaurant business which meant that on New Year’s Eve, I was working. And that was okay with me… what better way to spend your night than making money off people who would either not remember the night before or regret the fact that they could? Not celebrating “amateur night” to bank some major coin always seemed okay in my book.

My love for New Year’s Day actually came from those years.

Since we all worked the night before, my friends and I would plan our celebration the day after by getting the day started with mimosas, bloody’s and a day full of eating amazing food and usually a chili cook-off not to mention “real” Bowl Games.

Today’s version of New Year’s Day is a little bit different with three girls. We don’t start the day with mimosas (although it sounds like a great idea and I do have some OJ in the fridge) but we do spend the day together talking about our hopes for the year that’s ahead of us and what we thought of the year we just had. We make our resolutions and put them away so that we can pull them out in the year and see how well we did on them.

We have spent the past 10 NYE’s at home which is okay in my book. I’m not slinging drinks for anyone but them and we can all remember the events of the night before. Our evening consists of making gluttonous food and playing games together as a family. If the kids want friends to come over, that’s fine with us. Anyone with more than 2 kids knows that doubling the number of kids in your house makes your life easier. Louder, but easier. We ring the New Year in, say “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” and then shoo them off to bed so that the Rooster and I can have 5 minutes of P&Q  before we end our year. It’s really a great night and I cherish them because I know we’ve only got a couple of years before we ARE hanging out on NYE alone. It almost happened this year as Wee Hen #1 was supposed to go to a party that was cancelled last minute. Next year, I’m sure she’s gone.

I’m looking forward to 2012.. I always look forward to the New Year. I have a feeling there are going to be some major changes and happenings this year. I don’t want to say them out loud to anyone but the Rooster, but it could be a huge year for our family.

One resolution that I have made is to put a lot of focus back on this blog. FHAAR has been around since 2003, believe it or not. I’ve changed platforms a few times, dropped the ball as many times but am excited to refocus my energy on it and have spent A LOT of time this week getting that set up.  One of the ways I’m doing that is  participating in BlogHer’s January NaBloPoMo. It will be a challenge for me to write every day but I know that I can do it. I am looking forward to meeting new writers along the way, building a new audience and bettering my writing skills. If you’re at this blog via BlogHer – welcome and thank you for stopping by.

I wish each of you an amazing year. I look forward to traveling the road with you – either in person or online!

Happy New Year!!


Kristen Daukas


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