I have heard it said that the week between Christmas and New Year’s is sacred and indeed, it does feel that way. Everything feels quieter and more peaceful (or maybe it’s just that we never turned on the news). We relax, stay in our jammies all day. We make big elaborate meals. We visit with family and friends.
When the girls were little, we would put together toys that needed to be put together and play with them with the girls. Now we play board games and read. I read three books over the last two weeks.
Jason and I both love yoga, but we rarely practice together as he likes to get up at 4:30am to practice and I don’t go to sleep until 11:30pm or later. But, we try to always do a yoga routine together on holidays. On New Year’s Eve we did Yoga with Kassandra’s Winter Solstice Practice and on New Year’s Day we did Partner Yoga -Thai Massage.
The very first year we started homeschooling, we got to be good friends with a family that lives about three blocks away, also has two girls and at the time, homeschooled. We invited them over for New Year’s Eve and the girls slept over and a tradition was born. With the exception of the year I had surgery on December 30 and one year where we went to a party at another family’s house, we have had “the homeschool neighbors” over for every New Year’s Eve and every year it has grown a little. But, I am so thankful for this family. The four girls call each other “sister-friends” because they are closer than just friends. They have been through A LOT together. A LOT. Ups and downs. Months of not talking. Huge Fights. Then huge apologies. The “homeschool neighbor girls” went to school several years ago, but opted to homeschool again last year and in the spring will start taking classes at community college on the same days (Tuesdays and Thursdays), same times as my girls.
I am not sure if our New Year’s Eve party will go on again next year. We planned it in November, but as New Year’s Eve got closer, invitations from the girls’ friends started coming in… and two of them accepted the girls’ invitation to come to our house (but didn’t want to be in the photo). But, I know it’s only a matter of time before the girls want to make their own plans for New Year’s Eve…so many changes happening here. 2018 was a year of transition and I have a feeling 2019 will be as well.