Welcome 2008

02/Jan/2008

I hope your Holiday was wonderful. There are so many stories I have for you and announcements about the New Year. Changes. Plans. News.

But today I’ll just tell you how we brought in 2008: The year destined to be ours.

We’ve planned some wonderful goals for the year, goals that everyone else makes like getting fit and finding ourselves again. But this resolution was made on the eve of 2006, one year ago, when we sat on our couch in our new condo in our new city. We talked, a year ago, about how 2008 would be the first year we won’t be moving, pregnant, having a child, changing jobs, or moving again since our marriage. This year is destined to be ours.

We planned on retiring early, even going so far as turning off the lights and crawling in bed. We talked a bit, read our books and heard the baby at a quarter to the New Year. I took the shift, feeding and snuggling our youngest born until I heard the pop*pop of firecrackers. Mr. Flinger joined me in the upstairs hallway where we could watch the fireworks show from the high school. We stood there, holding our sleeping 7 month old, listening to our three year old breathing soundly in her sleep, holding each other, watching, knowing other people were able to get out and party that night. And we realized it was perfect, our New Year’s, with us at home, the kids safe with us, alone and quiet.

And this is how we welcomed our year. Together.


(This picture was taken on New Year’s Eve at the beach around 3:45. You know… sunset… and may be my most favorite picture of him ever.)

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  1. Sounds like pure bliss!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    By Carrie on 2008 01 02

  2. Glad you guys had a rockin’ new years! Sounds like you all had a great time (me on the other hand not so much - just me whining and crabby for really no reason now that I think of it!) I love that picture of O, he is freakin adorable!

    By Nicole on 2008 01 02

  3. You paint an extremely inviting and beautiful picture. 

    I am absolutely loving the photo with the wrinkly eyes and the little nose.

    By Loralee on 2008 01 02

  4. That sounds like a fantabulous New Year’s Eve. smile

    By Friglet on 2008 01 02

  5. Happy New Year Flinger Family!

    By Sleeping Mommy on 2008 01 02

  6. Sniff!

    How long have you been married? I ask because when you say the year being “yours”... that’s exactly how I heard someone describe how you should spend your seventh year of marriage. The seventh year was for rest. Sounds good to me.

    By maggie on 2008 01 02

  7. This is SUCH a sweet post. I can’t wait to hear what you have to tell us…!!

    By bananas on 2008 01 03

  8. So beautiful. And what a great picture. Happy New Year!

    By mel on 2008 01 03

  9. Little sweetie!  Sounds perfect. Happy New Year, Flingers!

    By Marie on 2008 01 03

  10. Sounds like a great NYE!  That picture is beyond too cute>

    By The Autumn Dahlia on 2008 01 03

  11. What an amazing photograph… and a lovely post. Just beautiful.

    Hydes

    By Mrs. Hyde on 2008 01 03

  12. beautiful and peaceful smile

    By Dawn S. on 2008 01 03

  13. What an awesome shot!

    Happy new year to you and yours!

    By Jennifer on 2008 01 03

  14. Sounds perfect!  Another friend of mine who also has small children spend last New Year’s Eve at a friend’s house.  They watched the ball drop in New York (9:00 our time) and were home by 10:00.  That ROCKS, as far as I’m concerned!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I can’t wait to read about all of your stories and plans….have you checked in with Weight Loss Wars lately?  I’m heading over there right now to check on you…

    By LeannIAm on 2008 01 03

  15. That sounds so nice and sweet. I love the picture. Look at his little red nose.

    By Renee on 2008 01 03

  16. That sounds like a perfect New Years to me!

    By Andrea on 2008 01 03

  17. Oh, that’s so sweet!

    By Carrie on 2008 01 03

  18. Flinger, Dude. Quite the excellant photography & storytelling!

    Love to ya for ‘08!

    -Alli

    By Alli ~Mrs. Fussypants on 2008 01 03

  19. Oh, I long for a year that will be ours.  Maybe next decade…

    By Mrs. Mustard on 2008 01 03

  20. I love the picture and the post.  Here’s to a wonderful new year all around.

    By YSP on 2008 01 03