Anyway, as the kids have gotten older and have an inkling of what this day even means, we are slowly developing family traditions that are more fun than breathing treatments and tiny hospital tvs. I tried the hourly opening of bags; I tried arts and crafts; I tried elaborate games; but all of those were too much work for me and not enough fun for the kids. Then last year we stumbled upon a fairly good plan. A fun supper of "junk" food... cheese, crackers, bite-sized veggies, summer sausage, chips, left-over Christmas goodies, and an evening of games with, if necessary, a good movie thrown in. It was fun, easy, and repeatable. The perfect recipe for a tradition.
So that is our plan for ringing in the New Year. What does your family do?
I didn't really have any pictures that fit this post, so here is a gratuitous one of our honorary penguin. Because she would totally wish you a Happy New Year if she knew what that meant. And she might even share a dog treat with you, in honor of the occasion, because she is just that kind of dog.