Starting the New Year Off Right

If 2014 follows suit from the first day, we’ll be in good shape. The girls and I started off with chocolate croissants and our traditional Rose Parade watching. Our favorite float was the Grand Marshal’s award winner for excellence in creative concept and design by Public Storage — “Adventures in Space”. It featured three adorable space aliens riding in a large vehicle that then opened up and each was in its own car that exited the larger part of the float and drove around by themselves then re-entered their carrier vehicle through a ramp on the back. It was really amazing. You can see a photo of it here

As soon as the parade ended, we hopped in the car and met some friends at the movies. We thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s Frozen. We laughed, we cried, and we cheered. I thought it was one of the best Disney films I’ve seen in a long time. Highly recommend it.

After the movie, it was time for our new year’s day love-bombing project. Inspired by my friend, Gennifer Carragher, I gathered stones and clothes pins and on new year’s eve, and together with friends we painted them pretty and added positive, loving messages to them. The kids really got into creating and came up with some of the best messages like Be Your Own Star and Make Things Happen.


We had two plates full of stones and clips and we headed out into the community to spread the love. I think the kids had even more fun leaving these beauties for unsuspecting people to find than they did creating them in the first place. It was delightful to see their excitement and exuberance in spreading the love.


Cold and happy, we headed home. We’re already making plans to have another love-bombing event at Valentine’s Day. I hope, too, that it will become a new year’s day tradition. Set the year off right!


About Siobhan Wolf

Single mom, Spiritualist medium and minister, writer, and photographer exploring life from central Ohio.
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4 Responses to Starting the New Year Off Right

  1. Karen says:

    What a fun/great idea. We hit the movie theater a couple times over the holidays, didn’t see Frozen though. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Siobhan Wolf says:

      You’re welcome, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you’ll enjoy Frozen as much as we did. I like it when the Disney princess movies are unpredictable, and this one is certainly that. I’ve heard some criticism of the music – it plays like musical theater with the characters singing without any real cause – but I thought the songs were good ones, memorable, and the singing was top notch.

  2. What a lovely idea! Paying it forward with a positive message – might have to try that! Have seen Frozen and agree with you….great movie!

    • Siobhan Wolf says:

      Thank you so much! I expected it to be fun, but it was far more fun and fulfilling than I even anticipated. And that the kids got so into it was a double bonus. It was getting dark as we were out in the community, and they were moving so fast, that I didn’t get a chance to capture their joy. But it is certainly sealed in my memory, and I hope in theirs as well.

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