A family New Year's Eve

Filed under: Big Kids, Activities: Babies

If Christmas is for the kids, then New Year's Eve is for the grownups, right? At least it was before you had kids. Because I became a parent at such a young age, I never really had a life 'before kids'. While my friends were out partying on New Year's Eve, I was usually home with Christy.

I didn't really mind missing out on all the fun back then and not much has changed since. There is nothing wrong with lining up a babysitter and hitting the town on New Year's Eve. Or taking the kids with you to a family-friendly celebration. But for us, New Year's Eve is a time for staying home and spending time together as a family.

Tonight, we will bundle up and visit our city's beautiful botanical gardens, which are decked out in holiday lights and decorations. We will chase each other through the trees and drink hot chocolate around the bonfire. Later, we will have a picnic on the living room floor and try to stay awake until midnight.

I can't think of anything I would rather be doing on the this, the last day of 2007, than spending it with my family. How will you ring in the new year?

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