I have never been one to make a big deal about the New Year. I hate resolutions; they are just one more way for me to fail. I don't think January 1, the beginning of a new calendar cycle, is a good opportunity to start all fresh and new; I believe EVERY day is exactly that. I hate loud noisy parties with a lot of people. I choose not to drink until drunk. I seldom stay awake long enough to watch the clock tick over.
Nevertheless, the very end of 2012 brought some significant changes to our life and the lives of our children, and it is worth noting to myself that the upcoming year will be a very interesting one.
Matt and Jeanette finally got to move into their very own apartment, which doesn't really affect us much, since they were already moved out of this home, but we did help them move and are very happy for them to finally have their own space. And, about a week after they moved in they discovered they were expecting a baby! Wahoo! Yes, it is their child, but it really is a family celebration. So this year we will watch our daughter-in-law grow her child and this child will be born into this world if all goes well. No small potatoes in my book.
The end of 2012 also brought the official moving-out of our younger son Phil, making us true empty-nesters. He first moved into a flat with several other guys and no guarantee of his own bed, and soon after decided to take a place closer to his two jobs and have his own room, own bed, and one roommate. The first move was harder for me, sending my "child" off into the mean world, but the second move made us proud of him and excited for him. He is considering the military, so this year could also see him join up, graduate basic and head to training.
So, yeah. New Years come and New Years go; so goeth New Years. But this time it truly will be interesting to see what this next year will bring.