Have a Blessed New Year!

MP900309664[1]How are you spending the final minutes of 2013? With friends? Family? By yourself?

Our celebration may look humdrum to others, but it’s a day our family anticipates each year. It’s a day we spend together–bowling and watching movies. As our children get older (21, 19, & 17), I realize that these times are to be cherished–it won’t be long before it’ll just be me and my husband, so I’m so very grateful that our children still love celebrating with us.

MP900405096[1]A nearby bowling alley (Ham Lake Lanes) has a wonderful New Years package that allows us to bowl for two hours while enjoying all-you-can-eat pizza and all-you-can-drink pop. (My youngest son really likes the pizza part!) Sandwiched around bowling is movie watching. We typically pick a series or theme. Last year we watched all the Marvel Avenger movies, starting with Iron Man. This we’re we’ve picked a Pixar theme. I chose The Incredibles. One son chose Monsters University. The rest of the family hasn’t decided yet, but there’s no doubt we’ll like them all. And, of course, we’ll have the required chips, cheese, and chocolate to go along with the movies.

Tomorrow we plan to head to the theater to watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (For the 2nd time! Last night, we watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as prep). After tomorrow, it’ll be time to get serious about writing and blogging again.

How are you celebrating the end of 2013 and the birth of 2014?