Happiest New Year to you and your family!!
I wish the best of everything for you this year. I know that 'things out there' are far from perfect but, hopefully we can still feel that there is so much to be happy for. Be that a tasty chicken pie for tonight's dinner, a hug and an "I love you" from your children/friend/partner, a completed UFO, or gaining a new skill for example.
This year is going to be delightfully bonkers - I've heard that nothing can prepare you for your first child... But despite the added distraction, tiredness and feelings of love that she will no doubt bring, my 2012 aim (I don't do resolutions) will be to try and keep it simple. Because book writing forces you to stay in a lot (as does advanced stages of pregnancy), I've had to focus on the simpler pleasures in life (in order alleviate the writer's cabin fever). And this has left me a in good place. I love my slippers more than ever, the only things I want to shop for is food, craft supplies, and baby stuff. The more I can keep things uncomplicated the more I am free to enjoy the simple stuff. Long may this continue!
Make your own Lucky 2012 Dragon.
In Chinese mythology and zodiac-ness Dragons are believed to be the super-luckiest of creatures. I'm not particularly superstitious myself but, it's still nice knowing that Beansprout will be born in the year of the Dragon. She may turn out to be a creative hothead, ohhhhh boy! Here's a cool lucky dragon for you/the kids to make to celebrate the New Year.
Taken from this site. Isn't this Dragon groovy! I'm going to make one for Beansprout's room.
Click for the dragon template PDF
Click for the assembly instructions (they're in Japanese, but the diagrams are easy to follow)
This reads: Kung Hei Fat Choy "Happy New Year" Innit! OX