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My New Year Is Better Than Your New Year.

Posted on | January 1, 2013 | 19 Comments

I haven’t checked my horoscope for 2013.  But I’m guessing that I’m in for a good year.  Because last night The Other Half and I celebrated our anniversary.  We were celebrating a day early, since we were actually married on New Year’s Day.  Which was poor planning on our part.  Note to all marriage planners out there—-anyone who gets married on New Year’s Day should be prepared to always celebrate it at home.  Because restaurants aren’t open on New Year’s Day.  At least not the ones where you’d want to celebrate an important date.

So The Other Half and I headed out on New Year’s Eve for dinner.  At 6:00pm.  We drank sweet tea and Diet Coke.  We used a gift card to pay.  Afterwards we went to Target.  And then we went back to my parents’ house to pick up the kids.  At 8:30pm.

Yep.  That’s the way 14 years rolls, people.

But this morning when I finally sat up in bed, I was in for a big surprise.  The Other Half was already gone to work.  And the house was mysteriously quiet.  Very quiet.

No talking.  No fighting.  No television.  No sounds from the iPad.

Huh, I thought as I headed down the stairs.  Maybe the kids were finally tired.  After 2 weeks of vacation—–going to the movies, shopping, bowling, driving around to see Christmas lights, hiking in the woods, attending bonfires, going on sleepovers, having sleepovers, baking, decorating, playing basketball, rearranging their rooms, hunting, being sick, getting better, making ice cream, perusing the used book store, and eating out, eating out, eating out——maybe the kids were FINALLY tired and slept in.

Nope.

Because as I came around the corner of the stairs, 4 kids jumped out from behind the couch and screamed, “Happy anniversary!”

Which almost made me scream, too.

Then they showed me the breakfast they had made for me—cheesy bacon eggs (under the silver bowl to keep warm), pancakes, toast, and coffee.  All on a white tablecloth.

Plus they had cleaned up all the dishes and pots used to make breakfast.  And swept the floor.  Because they know I hate to come downstairs to clumps of dog fur all over the place every morning.

And they made a banner for me and The Other Half.

Please note some of the added sayings:

OMG!  I am totally saving this sign for when they are all teenagers.  Then when they hate me, I am going to parade around the house, wearing it like a sarong.  Probably.  Maybe.  If I feel like it.

I did have to share my celebratory breakfast with the puppies, though.  Because it’s their birthday.  They are 4 years old now.  For which they earned an egg and a chew stick candle in their dog chow.

Although no matter how old or how big they get….

….they will still look like this to me.

They will always be the kids’ “puppies.”

(P.S. who needs Instagram when you used to have an old crappy APS camera?  No fancy filter needed to “age” your photos.)

It’s a shame The Other Half had to work and couldn’t enjoy the festivities.  But the kids have already planned to make him cheesy dogs and a pecan pie as an anniversary dinner.  Which means 2 awesome things:

1.  I don’t have to cook or clean up dinner tonight.

2.  I don’t have to start my diet until tomorrow.

Sweet!  Because while I was digging in the cabinet for some more zero calorie sweetener to go with my Almond Joy flavored coffee creamer, I stumbled upon a bag of leftover Food Lion brand copy cat girl scout cookies.  The good ones—–thin mints, peanut butter patties and Samoas.  None of that waste-of-calories shortbread stuff.  Score!

Look, I don’t care who you are or what you’re doing.  There’s no way your New Year started off better than mine.  No freaking way.

Comments

19 Responses to “My New Year Is Better Than Your New Year.”

  1. Terry Golson
    January 1st, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    My husband and I have been together for 22 New Years. Last night I asked him, “have we ever gone out, or done anything special for New Years?” We couldn’t think of a thing. So, at least on one of your New Years, you got married. That was probably fun. BTW, my son unloaded the dishwasher this morning. Not as good as breakfast and a banner, but good just the same. Happy Anniversary!

  2. Jill
    January 1st, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    My dad celebrated his 71st anniversary last night. Note to wedding planners: there’s always a party on New Year’s Eve!!!!! I heart my dad! Best wishes to you and yours! What a nice surprise – a clean kitchen!

  3. Anne Kimball
    January 1st, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary!
    Happy New Year!
    Happy Your-Kids-Made-You-Breakfast-And-Even-Better-They-Cleaned-Up-After-Themselves!
    Happy Your-Kids-Are-Making-You-Dinner-Tonight!
    Happy I’m-Very-Jealous-of-You-But-Also-Quite-Happy-For-You-At-the-Same-Time-And-It’s-All-Very-Confusing!

  4. Lin
    January 1st, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    Aw, gees, that was so sweet of the kids. Yeah…save that note because once they hit 14, they will never, EVER say you are the best at anything anymore…especially NOT parenting. Sigh.

  5. Lin
    January 1st, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    Oh! Sorry, I forgot to say Happy Anniversary! :)

  6. Sandy Livesay
    January 1st, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

    Stevie,

    Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year From My Family To Yours!

  7. Katherine
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 2:57 am

    Awesome!

  8. sherry
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 4:43 am

    That’s great, happy anniversary! You are right, your new year started way better than mine. I woke up to a mass murder of my chickens. I raised these chickens from chicks. I was so excited that they finally started laying. And I get up to find that everyone of them were dead. Dumb dogs!!!

  9. admin
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 5:51 am

    Oh no! How awful! The dogs always get my favorite hens, never the extra roosters :( I’ve got fertile eggs if you want to start over……

  10. Jodi
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Again, you are so freaking funny! You just crack me up! I wish you could be my neighbor. I have dairy goats and chickens, too. Anyhoo, thanks for your good humor.

  11. lili
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Hi Stevie, thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find my way over to you. What a darling place you have over here… very sweet post and I adore how you aged the pups using “technology”!

  12. margaret christine @ notes from maggie's farm
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today. It was a double treat, as I am so enjoying reading through your life. New blog friends for New Year’s! SCORE!

  13. Pauline
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! Thanks for visiting me and your witty comment – a lovely new year surprise. Your lovely sign reminds me of when my granddaughter talked me into letting her prepare breakfast in bed for me because “you better let me. I’ll be a teenager soon and not as nice as I am now.”

  14. Beverly
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. Happy new year and Happy Anniversary too! I don’t do the horoscope thing but I do depend a lot on the Lord.
    It was so sweet of your children fo make you breakfast but like you I would have screamed when they surprised me like that. How nicw that they also cleaned up!
    Your dogs are so pretty. I used to have a big dog but now have two little yappy Yorkies. Love them a lot.
    When I read about you finding treats in the cupboard it reminded me that I have gumdrop fruit cake it he freezer. Hmmmm really nice with hot tea on this very cold frost covered day.

  15. Jocelyn
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    I’m squealing (in an unvoiced, inner fashion) over the eerie overlaps between our lives–from the nine kajillion things we do with hour kids to pass the break from school…to digging for zero-calorie sweetener before adding in an atrocious-flavored creamer (current favorite here: Peppermint Mocha) and, in the process, finding uneaten Girl Scout cookies. This truly happened to me two days ago–my cookie find was Thanks A Lots.

    So glad to have found you.

  16. KGMom
    January 3rd, 2013 @ 2:38 am

    Happy Anniversary from me too. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    My husband & I got married on December 28…similar dilemma. Between Christmas & New Year’s. However, restaurants are open. And this year, we celebrated our 45th anniversary.
    I love love love your children’s surprise breakfast for you & the sign. A keeper for sure, as is the memory.

  17. Jane
    January 3rd, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Yeh, you’re right …yours was better than ours,though this years was better than last year’s when a weasel ‘broke’ into the house.
    Jane x
    PS Thanks for visiting!

  18. Friko
    January 3rd, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    Hi Stevie,

    Thanks for visiting.
    I think your life would be a bit too hectic for me but having a lovely brood (many lovely broods other than the two-legged variety as well) jumping out and screaming Happy Anniversary at me would make up for some of it. Only some, mind you. I’d probably die of fright.

    Stay happy and healthy, all of you, in 2013 and beyond. May your only troubles be weeds.

  19. carolyn christman
    January 3rd, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    You are a woman who knows how to Party!
    Loved the story, and the pups, and your kids are right — they do have the best parents Evah!
    xoxo cc

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