a New Year to remember

Our New Year’s Eve plans were foiled this year, but our ‘plan B’ turned out to be exactly what we needed.

Just a day before we were supposed to head to my parents’ house, we got the news that there *might* be family members coming down with COVID. We didn’t want to overreact, but we didn’t want to under-react, either. No need to drive all the way there if people are sick–with COVID or anything else–no one wants the stomach bug!

So, we chose to postpone our trip to DC until later in the month, and ended up with some ‘found time’ over the holiday weekend. Andrew and I spent the previous three days busy running errands for our upcoming house project (more on that soon, I hope!), and–honestly–I wasn’t sure how we were even going to be ready to leave on our trip the following morning, anyway.

So, it was a blessing in disguise. Daddy and Maelle picked up treats at our local baker together.

She REALLY likes cupcakes!

We spent time in the mild weather at the park on New Year’s Eve, before heading to a friend’s house who was also in the ‘trip-cancelled-due-to-COVID’ boat. They graciously invited us to an impromptu, kids-welcome party, and it might have been one of the best New Year’s we’ve had in recent history.

The adults had steak for dinner, and the kids’ table featured spaghetti and meatballs. We brought the essentials for spending the night, so the kids were able to play until a bit past their bedtimes. Lots of champagne was enjoyed, and after the ball dropped, the adults hit the hot tub before we said goodnight.

The following morning, we all slept in and sipped our coffees while Andrew went out to pick up some breakfast. Maelle certainly enjoys playing with ‘new’ toys! She loved this pretend ice cream stand. We even got the kiddos in the hot tub before we headed home for a relaxing afternoon.

Happy New Year! We’re especially thankful to do life with friends who are like family.

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