Friday, December 30, 2016

The Evolution of New Year's Eve (and New Years in General)

With 2016 somehow coming to a close (seriously; how is that even possible?!), now is a great time to reflect on the last 365 days and begin making goals and plans for the next...

When I began thinking of things I would like to do and see happen in 2017, I realized that our family still needed to find a fun way to ring in this brand new year full of endless possibilities... but just how does one do this? According to society, we should be singing Auld Lang Syne among dear friends, sparkling wine, and lots of expensive black-tie apparel... but -- according to 3-year-old Jackson "I Run This Show" Sandmeier -- we do this at home because if we leave him with a babysitter, there will be hell to pay all throughout the upcoming year.

So just what do we do? I wanted this to be a special evening for all 3 of my boys, so I began thinking back to NYE's past to brain storm.

Here is how our last 4 New Year's Eves have played out:

2012

With less than a week to go until we said our "I do's," Brandon and I met friends at a local microbrewery and restaurant for dinner and drinks, which we followed up with games, more drinks, lots of laughing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Between having an awesome fiancĂ© and a great job as a reporter at our local news station, I was on cloud nine and decided right then that this was the way I wanted life to go and how I wanted to spend every NYE from here on out.

2013

After a sleepless night with a 1-week old, a busy cousin photo shoot, and lack of naps on both Brandon's and my part, we were all out cold by 10 pm.

Sleep. This is how I wanted to spend every NYE from here on out.

2014

Since Brandon was filling in for a manager at work the next morning (and needed to be across town by 5 am), we had a very low-key NYE. After eating a Mexican feast I had whipped up and watching some ABC News year in review special, we retreated to bed, where I proceeded to do marketing work from my tablet and then binge read magazines until 11 pm.

Relaxing in bed with digital home decor magazines. This is how I wanted to spend every NYE from here on out.

2015
2015

After making a full recovery from some 24-hour bug, I was ready to break free from the confines of our house and take full advantage of an Olive Garden gift card that we received for Christmas. Once we arrived home, it was time for pajamas, bed, and then fireworks out our bedroom window come midnight.

Wearing warm and cozy pajamas, watching the ball drop on TV, and then watching fireworks out the window with a wide-eyed toddler. This is how I wanted to spend every NYE from here on out.

2016
Needless to say, our New Year's Eves -- and life in general -- have made a complete 180° since 2012. Not only have I sworn off the news industry for good (which I will write about another time), but I am now working from home as a writer, part-time marketing director, and full-time mommy to not one, but TWO sweet little boys. 

On the NYE front, the current plan to is to pick up party favors from Dollar Tree, go to mass on Saturday evening, get Chinese takeout, and probably binge watch another home improvement show on Netflix (Jackson's and my current guilty pleasure). 

It may not involve champagne toasts, getting all dolled up, and staying up late with friends, but do you know what? 

This is how I want to spend every NYE from here on out.

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