New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays. I couldn’t care less about New Year’s Day, actually (except for the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl). I am more of a New Year’s Eve kind of girl.
It’s something about the start of a new year that excites me. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions (as I have written about before), but there is so much excitement about what a new year holds – you never know what’s going to happen.
In past years, I haven’t had much to look forward to with a new year. But this year is different. 2014 is going to be a great year for my family. Here is what’s in store:
New faces: It all started on Christmas Day, when my sister-in-law welcomed her first daughter. The holiday was outstanding for our family and the arrival of this baby girl made it the perfect end to a perfect day. We are expecting another little girl around Easter, when my sister becomes a mom for the first time. This has been a long time coming and I am extremely excited to see them venture into parenthood. For purely selfish reasons, I am excited about this new addition because now I get to learn what everyone says about how awesome it is to be an aunt. Sure, I have two nieces and a nephew by marriage, but this is my biological niece. Let the spoiling begin!
New career: On Monday, I start a new job. I was blessed to work in the town that I live in for two years but a new adventure awaits. I’m very excited about my new career path and will be working for a very reputable organization. I face a new challenge in commuting every day while trying to balance a busy family life with work, but I will make it work.
New school: In the fall, our youngest daughter will begin kindergarten. Just writing that gets me choked up. The thought of having two school-aged children – they will be in the same place during the day and the same after-school program (let the program instructors there deal with the sibling rivalry for a while), which hopefully all equals up to a much easier to manage life for me. I hate having to tell my youngest daughter that she’s not old enough to participate in Girl Scouts. Every time we drive by the elementary school, she gets so excited to say that she’s going to be attending there next year. The first day of school will be an emotional one for me because I know that our oldest daughter will not want to have anything to do with me as a “cool fourth-grader.” Then I will take my youngest to kindergarten and it will be me, all by myself. Left standing there with my tears. Anyone who wants to take me out for a coffee on that day is welcome to do so!
Most people set goals for themselves for fitness, eating or weight-loss for the new year. I don’t do that. I would like to run in the San Luis Obispo half-marathon in April. I have to start training in a month if I decide to give it a go. For now, I want to be the best aunt, mom, wife and employee I can be in 2014. These are reasonable goals that I know I will try hard to achieve.
Have a great 2014!
Angela Borchert is a freelance writer who lives in Vacaville. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.