It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that to kick my butt into high gear to finally tackle the half finished projects in the house, there needs to be a very definite deadline to get things done.
So I threw a party.
Isabel is turning five this year.
(HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??)
And since the big party will be in Malaysia this year, I had a small one earlier at the house.
And invited some of her closest friends from her daycare whom she has not seen much of since starting kindergarten this fall
It makes the heart warm to see all of them together again
And something to note, almost 5 years olds are VERY noisy when they reunite.
Especially when they are all girls.
All in all, it was fun.
The guest list was small enough for me to have time to pay attention to the presentation details and DIY crafts and decorations that I have seen on the web and thought, "Oh, that is such a fantastic idea!"
The study/library worked exactly as I envisioned it when I was planned the room -- it was perfect for hosting a sit-down meal.
2014 resolution: If my friends and family lived close by, I am sure that it would be a frequent occurrence, but I need to break out of my comfort zone and invite people over for meals (although I may want to leave the actual food cooking to the experts!)