December 31st recap

We packed the last day of 2009 full of… PEOPLE!  It was a wonderful day, full of connecting with people that we love.

My friend Emily was in town and made time in her vacation to visit us.

She brought her three adorable children.  The boys had fun with the Wii, and we all made some miniature gingerbread houses.

I couldn’t get a smile out of her little one, but she is SOOOO cute!

It was the sort of visit that I love cleaning up after.

The early afternoon brought the wedding reception for a friend of mine who I really admire.  (forgot the camera) A small break in the day’s schedule gave me time to savor our greatest blessing of 2009:

She’s been with us for 4.5 months, and I don’t know what I’d do without her.

She absolutely melts my heart.

We had dinner reservations with 5 other couples at Rodizio Grill, which meant lots of great visiting and getting to know a few people better.  (forgot the camera again) We raced home after dinner for a game night with my brother, his wife and baby, and my sister and her husband.  We played a fun game, ate too many snacks and treats, and counted down the end of the year together.

The kids loved the sparklers their aunt and uncle provided, and then we all headed for bed.

I had a lot of things that I was going to do this year, and  a few things I intended to wrap up before it ended, but I think that it’s probably best that instead I spent it with people, building relationships, enjoying family.  In the end, that’s all that really matters, anyway.  It was a great way to wish 2009 goodbye.

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