Tuesday, December 31, 2019

For Auld Lang Syne

The end of another calendar year. A time to reflect, but truth be told we don't feel much like reflecting on this one.

Instead, we'll focus on today. New Year's Eve. The day that is our small little family's traditional celebration day. So instead of getting all emotional - because we're exhausted - we'll give you the play-by-play so far, and the plans for the rest of the day.

Santa kindly left a letter for the kiddos on Christmas morning letting them know that since we were traveling, he would make a special New Year's Eve trip to our house in California. To prepare for his visit, we left our cookies for Santa and vegetables for his reindeer by our chimney last night.

New Year's Eve Eve - treats for Santa and the reindeer - December 30, 2019

We slept in a bit (oops), then woke up to find the stockings filled by the big guy. We opened them right away... well, the kids did. Chris and I still haven't found the time, but it'll happen.

Stockings! - December 31, 2019

Then, we made bug pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, cookies, and sprinkles. Imogen helped a lot, Everett only helped smash cookies.

Helping prep bug pancakes, filled with goodies - December 31, 2019 

Meanwhile, the furnace guy was here for the fifth time to try to diagnose why our furnace turns off all the time (annoying, but not terrible in a California winter). Everett told him (Mr. Tony), that he thought the problem was a part that was broke. He's obviously right, but also not going to be making a living fixing furnaces any time soon. Then, it was off to Happy Hollow for NOON Year's Eve celebrations. Imogen picked the carousel, Everett picked the playground, then we made some NYE crafts, watched some magic tricks, and counted down a disco ball drop to ring in the new year. Happy New Years were exchanged and kisses were freely given.

Noon Year's Eve at Happy Hollow - December 31, 2019

Kids are exhausted and napping, and when they wake we still have: present exchange amongst our little unit, London ball drop and countdown (with sparkling juice!), maybe homemade apple pie (we might save that for New Year's Day), and sushi dinner. It's a full day, but it's also such an intimate day. Just the four of us and remembering Obie throughout (Obie bear, bug pancake pan, lots of yellow...).

Happy New Year.  On to 2020.