Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Weekend

Happy New Year, all!!  We ended 2015 and started 2016 healthy, happy, and well rested.  Brian and I each worked one day last week and we had the rest of the week off.  It rained much of the week, and we had some flooding in our downtown area, but fortunately the rain cleared out on New Year’s Eve, so we were able to spend some time outside.

For New Year’s Eve, we got Carrabba’s takeout and did fireworks in our back yard.  The kids loved the fireworks, especially Jacob… he loves doing sparklers every year.  Brian and I had a little fun and did some long exposure photography with my fancy camera and the sparklers.  Not too shabby for amateurs.  :o)

My family all came over to our house to spend some last moments together before my brother and sister-in-law had to head back to Texas, and we had some fun with my selfie stick.  I was sad to see them go, but I’m excited, because the next time I see them it will be to meet my new nephew!! 

After everyone left, we put the babies to bed and Brian and I toasted the new year together with some cookie cake (what else) and champagne.  This was the thirteenth year that I’ve kissed him at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  Craziness.

New Year’s Day was spent taking down the Christmas tree, cleaning the house, and working on some projects that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  We didn’t have our traditional New Year’s Day dinner of pork chops, mashed potatoes, black eyed peas, and turnip greens, and instead we went to Outback to get out of the house.  Then B and I spent the rest of the evening binge watching Parenthood by the fire.  

Saturday we had donuts for breakfast and then watched our Georgia Dawgs play for the last time this season.  We played Penn State in the Taxslayer Bowl, and we had a nice lead, but almost let them come back in the 4th quarter.  Luckily, we were able to hold them, and we won by a touchdown.  It was quite a nail biter toward the end, though. 

We finished the day with church followed by Mexican and margaritas for dinner.


Sunday was our final day of Christmas break, and we wanted to spend it having fun, so we took the kiddos for pizza and then to the playground.  The weather was cold, but it was finally sunny, and it was nice to get some fresh air since we haven’t gotten much during these last few weeks. 

All in all it was a great weekend, and today we’re just trying to get back in the swing of things.  I think we all still have a Christmas hangover from too many late nights and sleeping in every morning.  6 AM sure came early this morning.  But one thing that surely makes up for the first Monday back after almost two weeks off?  The Bachelor is back on tonight!!!!  Well timed, ABC.  Well timed. 

Enjoy your Monday, friends!

*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.


  1. It sounds like you guys really had a great weekend to start off 2016! That collage with the funny faces is too cute! And those sparkler shots are amazing! Happy New Year!

  2. I love the photos you guys took with the sparklers - they are so fun!! So glad you had a great start to 2016!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Looks like such a fabulous time! Happy new year friend! xoxo

  4. Fun. I need to figure out that sparkler thing! We also took things down on New Years Day, which kind of felt nice.

  5. Your New Year's looks fabulous - I love that you guys got some time alone too!

    Ugh, that game!!!

  6. Wow those fireworks shots are awesome! I'd love to learn how to do that...and get a nice camera haha! So glad you guys had an enjoyable one :)

  7. Love your sparkler pictures! Sounds like you had a great little break with lots of fun family time!

  8. Sounds like a great NYE! Those sparkler photos are so cool! Happy New Year!

  9. Those pictures with the sparklers are so cool!! Sounds like your NYE was so nice!

    1. Thanks, Lizzie! They're fun to do, but it's hard to write the words backwards so it takes a little practice first!


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