This new year, we had the opportunity to try something new. Our friends, Jeff and Jessica came over with their kids and we got to celebrate without anyone leaving the house. Their oldest, Melody, got to invite a friend since Layla and Emmett are the same age and would've driven her nuts. So Melody and Skylar came with huge intentions of not spending anytime with the "young" kids. They brought a laundry basket of play clothes and played dress up for hours by themselves. I guess when the girls left to come over they exclaimed "It feels like vacation!". Glad we could oblige. It also felt like vacation. Emmett and Layla played without a problem and we never saw the "older" girls and Jolene was in bed by 8:30pm. The adults had a wonderful fillet mignon dinner and the kids had "make your own pizza" night. The kids celebrated with fancy horns and tiaras with sparkling cider at the "New York" new year. Once the kids went to bed, we adults played cards and had a few drinks to ring in the actual new year. We got up this morning and made breakfast and watched the parade. What a wonderful way to start the new year. Luke, Emmett, Jolene and I went to the Anderson's to watch football and enjoy the last of fattening food before the resolutions begin. We did celebrate the year's good fortune with a new recipe for Spicy Black Eyed Pea Dip that is delicious and nutritious! The much good fortune from eating the peas is well deserved this year. We wish that fortune for everyone! Happy New Year to you all!