We had a New Year’s Eve party at home with the boys tonight! We fixed some family favorites – little smoked sausages baked in crescent rolls, green beans, cheese and crackers, apple slices, and Christmas cookies. We made it more fun by eating on a blanket in the living room while we watched Toy Story 3! I am definitely enjoying the fact that at my children’s ages, all we need is some simple food and entertainment to make it feel like a party!

I had been wanting to do something with them to sort of wrap up the year, especially since they don’t have a real firm grasp on what a “year” is exactly… Aidan understands much more than Gresham on that one, but is still getting the hang of that concept! I saw this idea to make a memory page for the old year on Life as Mom, and we decided to do it!

Since we don’t have any scrapbooks going, we used some small poster board sheets that I had in the closet. I got out a box of extra photos from 2010 and let the boys chose some for their pages. We didn’t worry about having a photo for each event that we wanted to remember – just used the extras that we had on hand. We wrote notes about the pictures, and added notes for things that we didn’t have pictures of.

It was fun to reflect on 2010! We had some difficult times this year, but also a lot of fun memories too. We got a new puppy and went on a much needed family vacation. We had fun making some great toy army guy costumes for our church’s fall festival. The boys learned a lot this year – Gresham was potty trained (at the age of 3 1/2 – I thought it was never going to happen!) and Aidan began reading chapter books and studied world history in Sonlight.

In the daily grind of laundry, seemingly endless meals to fix, and bills to pay, it’s easy to lose track of all that God is doing in our lives. It was fun tonight to step back and think about all the things that He has done!

Happy New Year!


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  1. jamie Dec 31, 2010

    This is so great! Have you ever used blurb.com? I used their software to turn my blog into yearly scrapbooks of Sam. It has turned out to be a very easy way to scrapbook his life--I am not very into all the scrapbooking stuff with pretty paper and such. Anyway, it will take blog entries from 3 or 4 different blogging platforms and put them into a book. It requires some editing, but I was impressed. I made books for my mom and mother-in-law for Christmas and of course for Sam.
    I love reflecting on the year and all the ways he (and us) have changed and grown.


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