Sunday, December 31, 2006

Here Comes 2007

Barn Side, 2006, Oil on Panel, 16x20

A few thoughts about New Year's Eve.

I have always rather liked celebrating the new year. It's a holiday that doesn't require the politics of gifts and there is usually a good party involved. Everyone is happy and excited and hopeful about starting a new year, which while I find that puzzling sometimes (isn't every day the start of a new year?), it is also infectious, I must admit.

That said, while I have certainly had some memorable celebrations, until I met Doug they were mostly kind of pathetic and sad. I was trying too hard to have some kind of meaningful event on that night and it seldom happened. I did spent one walking along Penn's Landing in Philadelphia with a guy who looked just like the singer from Spandau Ballet (popular at the time), which was nice even though I never saw him again, and more than a few New Year's were spent at one or the other, or both, of my favorite dive bars, also in Philly. One year I was stuck in a car with a bunch of idiots, in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm in Minnesota, and another year was three days of partying. Stupid, but the best way to avoid a hangover. At least when you're 20.

After I met Doug, things calmed down. We did end up at the bar the first year we were together, and one year we drove to Atlantic City. But after we moved to Utah and children began to arrive, I was mostly sleeping by the time the big moment arrived. Or breastfeeding. Or both. The last few years have shifted again and our kids are now willing and able to stay up and so we spend it together. The ball drops, we all kiss each other, they get hustled to bed and the lights are out by 12:30.

I imagine at some point we will be staying up until 2am again, worrying about our kids doing what we did as young adults. Totally can't wait for all that. Heh.

But this year, for the first time ever, we have a sitter, and Doug and I will be going out. We are going to go out for dinner and then to a party at a friend's house. We will probably be home before midnight because I can't think of a better place to be when the 2007 starts. With my husband, four kids, four cats, one dog and 21 chickens.

I wish you all a Happy New Year!!

PS. Blogger won't allow me to add an image today. I'll add one when they decide they can handle my request.


Schuivert said...

Thanks! Happy new year to you too Tracy!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks Bart!

Susan Constanse said...

Hey there Tracy,
Happy New Year to you.

I have no excuses. we don't have kids, but neither of us have ever been into the whole par-tay thang.

We are staying home. Lovely!

Have a great time tonight!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks Susan! And it looks like our partying (middle aged partying to be precise) will have to wait another year. Doug has been sick all day so we are staying home this evening. He gets sick probably once every three years and so it just figures that it's tonight.

Stacey Peterson said...

Happy New Year Tracy!

I had to laugh at your statement about celebrating New Year's when you started having kids - I think I'll probably be ringing in the New Year with a midnight breastfeeding session. Glad to know it's not an uncommon experience!!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Ahh, the best way to bring in the new year, I think! You'll have plenty more like it, especially if you have more babies:-) Aspen sure is a cutie-pie!

Anonymous said...


I have the opposite response to this painting compared to the painting below.Both pictures have similar colors, as far as I can tell from the images on the computer.

I feel an attraction coming from the violet barn. I also have the sense that I can walk by it on its right side. How different from my first reaction to the picture below, that it was an obstacle and then the later thought that it was something that I had to jump off from. There was no sense that I could walk around the latter barn.

Martha Marshall said...

Happy New Year to you, Tracy. I always enjoy your blog.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks so much Martha. I am glad you enjoy it! Have a happy new year!