We enjoyed the week in between Christmas and New Years so much, that before we knew it, it was New Year's Eve! During the day we prepared and rested, and soon it was time for Mass. After a lovely mass, we returned home and began preparing a most delicious dinner for the kids and their guests. Steve and I felt so blessed because although the older kids could have gone out to dinner, they chose to stay home with us to ring in the new year.
Steve and I decided to prepare a special meal for all of them so Steve grilled some deliciously seasoned steaks and we served green bean casserole and a baked potato bar for them! Then Steve and I sat at the breakfast bar and watched them all talk, laugh, and eat together. I thought back to when Steve and I were dating and newly married. Back then, we celebrated New Year's Eve with our parents, and suddenly, in the blink of an eye, we are the parents. As my mom always says, "Life is but a dream!"
After dinner, we played some games and then enjoyed Peyton's amazing chocolate cake for dessert. Before we knew it, the ball was dropping, and we welcomed a new year and a new decade together.
New Year's Day was calm and cozy. I made a late brunch because older kids sleep late! I put together a French Toast bar with syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. I cleaned up and declared that I was off duty for the rest of the day! Good thing, because Steve and Madison prepared the most delicious meal of pork, sauerkraut, hotdogs, mashed potatoes, and dumplings. While all of this was happening, I was snuggled in my bed with the Twilight Zone Marathon. I do realize that I can watch that show every day of the year, but for some reason, it just isn't the same!
New Year's Day officially ends our family holiday season which began way back on Thanksgiving Day with the Macy's Parade. I hope you all have a happy, blessed, healthy, and cozy new year! Thank you for visiting!