Happy 2012!!!! (almost)
Ian and Tim turned 18 today. Dan and Ian went to the convenience store at midnight last night so Ian could buy a lottery ticket. (It’s never too early to plan for retirement.) Tim’s been in Syracuse visiting a friend so he didn’t get his lottery ticket until this morning.
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Things were pretty low key here. Andy was really sick all through Christmas and through most of this week. I actually rewrapped some of his presents because it was days and days until he could play with anything. Still, it was nice to all be together.
Christmas day we started a new tradition – a Low Country Boil with the neighbors and all of their families. We set up tables covered in paper outside, cooked outside and ate and ate and ate. It was an excellent way to spend Christmas. Andy was in the house, sleeping with golf playing in the background on the television. My dad was also home sick. Next year the goal is for everyone to be healthy and hungry on Christmas Day.
Last night we had a visit from Mike’s best friend and his daughter – they’ve been friends since the 4th grade! I was sad his wife and son couldn’t come, but it was really fun to see “the other Mike.” He and I have always joked that he and Mike each married a female version of each other (or as the Other Mike likes to say, they each married their best friend but with ‘fun parts’). Mary and my Mike are both morning people who love to cook huge meals and go to be early. The Other Mike and I will sit up all night talking and then sleep the morning away. Miranda is a year younger than Ian and Tim – in fact, when Mike and Mary came to visit the twins as newborns, Mary had just found out she was pregnant again and I was more than happy to unload my maternity clothes on her. Here is Miranda with Dan, Ian and Andy last night. :::sniff::: They’re all growed up.
Tonight we are once again hosting an unknown number of people for New Year’s Eve. Any bets on how early the neighbor calls the police? That’s fast becoming my favorite tradition! I hope we get a cute police officer.
Hope you all have a great night! I’ll leave you with a picture of my favorite Christmas present. My new garden donkey.