Happy New Year from the Darrs!

Do you have New Years traditions? When I was a kid, my family often went to a friend’s house for a New Years party. The kids would play upstairs and watch movies (under the watchful eye of a babysitter/older sibling) while the adults would play Trivial Pursuit and carouse downstairs.

Since having our oldest 7 years ago, Kevin and I began lamenting a) the lack of available babysitting on New Years, and b) the lack of family-friendly activities on New Years.

Last year, a mental light bulb went on, and I remembered those wonderful parties of my childhood.  “Well, duh. WE can be the family-friendly activities!” Ghandi had it right, you know: be the change you want to see in the world.  I know, I know: I’m deep.

For our first official NYE Home Party Extravaganza, we chose a quiet night in… We did begin 2 traditions, though: NYFDP (New Years Family Dance Party), and the countdown and sparkling cider at 9 p.m. This is sufficiently late for our crew to feel special and exciting while not completely ruining the next day with lack of sleep.  Edit: Our kids were still a wreck from lack of sleep today.  Argh.

This year we added some friends and some Korean flav-ah.  Ji Won and Byung Wook (our neighbors) brought over tdeok guk, traditional Korean New Years soup.  After eating a bowl, you are considered one year older.  I considered abstaining since I still have 25 shopping days until my birthday (hint, hint) but then I thought that might be insulting to our guests.


The girls decided to grace us with a rendition of the Gangnam Style dance.  Of course, as most former girls can attest, this type of “show” intersperses the actual performance with running back and forth to the bedroom in fits of giggles.  We put a merciful end to it by beginning the official dance party.

Gabriel, uninterested in the dance party, chose to play castle instead.

At 9 p.m. we counted down and the kids got a bonus: extra Christmas Crackers! 

By 10 p.m. we had said goodbye to most of our guests, and gotten the kids in bed.  One dear friend stayed to help Kevin and I ring in the actual Korean New Year.

I have no official resolutions as of yet, but I’m working on them.  I decided to start with a big picture this year: I want to work on my self-discipline, and on realigning my actions so they better fit better with my true priorities.  Now to narrow it down to something tangible.  I’m actually considering making a calendar and trying for a new resolution each month.

What about you?  Do you have any resolutions for 2013?

I hope your New Years Eve was special, and that your 2013 is full of love, laughter, and just enough challenges to keep you growing.

Filed under: “a very boring blog post that doesn’t reflect the actual enjoyment of an event”  


  1. Be more tidy! It’s my resolution EVERY year. I *think* I’m following through annually… though I’d like to get to a place where I don’t feel the need to make this a resolution anymore. =/

    Read (or listen to–thanks Audible.com!) more books! I used to read A TON, but since children, when do I get a precious few moments to read? Audible.com has been an AMAZING way to get back to books. Just in the last few months, I’ve *read* A Prayer for Owen Meany, Lord of the Flies, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and I just started A Year of Biblical Womanhood.

    Oh, my other resolution is to welcome you HOME. Don’t make me break it, my friend!

    • Nicole, I like those. When do you listen to books, though? I can’t do it while the kids are around. Too distracted and of course a lot of the content isn’t appropriate for them.

      We’ll know for sure about moving home in the next few weeks. I’m feeling a little torn, though.

  2. I listen in the shower (got a little portable amplifier for my iPhone for Christmas), while putting Bennett to sleep (it’s just loud enough to drown out the other kids’ noise, but quiet enough to lull him to sleep), with headphones while sitting with the bigger kids while they fall asleep (usually Dan does bedtime with the big boys, but occasionally I’m solo for the night), while driving long distances–sometimes with headphone (just in one ear), sometimes not (Lord of the Flies–headphones, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn–not), while doing the dishes, while sewing or knitting after the kiddos are in bed, etc. There are a million little moments where I can listen. At first, it was tough to find them, but now I find them everywhere. =)

    We’re waiting with bated breath to find out when/if you’re coming back!!!