2. We made it back from our holiday travels in time to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends. (Well, Will, Hallie, and I celebrated New Year's Eve with friends…unfortunately Tom had to work.) Our hosts put on an impressive party, complete with games for both the kids and the adults and lots of delicious food and drink.
Highlights included a photo booth, piñata, dance party, silly string battle, toast with cookies and apple juice, as well as glow-in-the-dark trampoline jumping and giant Jenga.
|The younger crowd.|
|The men, minus Tom. They did, however leave a spot for |
him and give him a mustache and bow tie. So thoughtful.
Happy New Year!
First, I saw "Mockingjay, Part 2" (for the third time - don't judge) with my mom-in-law, sis-in-law, and two friends in Nebraska. I *think* I've now seen the movie enough times to tide me over until it comes out on DVD.
Second, once back in College Station I saw "Joy" with a good friend of mine who graciously changed her plans so she and I could get our JLaw fix together. We enjoyed both the movie and our wine-a-ritas.
And third, Tom and I took Will to see "Star Wars". I have to admit that like Hallie, who spent the afternoon at a friend's house instead of going with us, I had very little interest in the movie when we walked into the theater. While I long ago enjoyed - liked, not loved - the first three (#4, #5, #6) films, I strongly disliked the next three (#1, #2, #3); I found them confusing, poorly cast, and chock full of unlikeable and unrelatable characters. #7, however, surprised me in the best possible way. I've become a Star Wars fan, 30+ years after the saga began. As always, I am a little late to the party.
4. This kiddo graduated to a red black belt (otherwise known as Black Belt Recommended and the second belt from the top in the picture below) and has begun preparing to test for his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He's feeling
5. Happiness Highlights
|I finally had time to download the professional pics from|
The Nutcracker! In this pic Hallie is second from the left.
|The kids received small weather radios from their great|
grandparents for Christmas. They love rockin' out to
their radios and I love how similar they look to us (my
generation) rockin' out to Walkmans 25+ years ago.
|Will carries his radio in his pants pocket…which |
is funny, because it's about the size of a brick.
|After an hour-long instructional session, Will's |
friend Kaylee taught him how to do the (hip
hop dance move known as the) baby freeze.
|He can now hold it for more than two minutes. I can |
hold it for approximately zero seconds. #2016goals
|They took naps on January 1st! It was so beautifully quiet...|
|…so wonderfully, peacefully, beautifully quiet. For 45 minutes.|
Linking up with High Five for Friday!