Thursday, January 02, 2014

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

New Year's Eve was spent at home in the company of Chris, Jana and Co. We watched movies, ate lasagna and shrimp, and caught up on each other's lives. It was a lot of fun.

Jana and I managed to polish off a very good bottle of wine, providing me with a new cork to add to my new cork collection (I am dating the corks and saving them in a large jar to see how many bottles of wine I go through in a year, and, to see what each occasion was being celebrated); the cork brought my total to 2. Go, me!

While Jana and I were enjoying our wine, the menfolk were enjoying a sampling of seasonal beers, and the children were enjoying some fantastic sparkling cider. So, when the clock ticked down to midnight, we each had a glass with which to celebrate the New Year.

The kids also celebrated with bottle rockets, but, because they were technically illegal, we won't take about that.

It's so amazing to look back at pictures from years past and to see how much the kids have grown up. It's also a complete privilege to have pictures of them dating back to their toddler years; not many people can say that they have friends whose children have grown up together. Jana and I are certainly blessed in that regard.

It's also unusual to say that two families have spent almost every New Year's day together, sledding down a hill, but, we get to say that as well, because; we went sledding as a group again this New Year's Day.

When we had a chance to think about it (while sipping hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps, Bailey's Irish Cream with Mint, and/or Buttershots), we figured that we have sledded at Cerro Summit for at least eleven of the past thirteen New Year days. Jana and her family have joined us for at least nine of those trips. That kind of explains how we have gotten so good at setting up our "sledding campsite", and, why we are warm, well fed, and happy while we are on the hill.

We were so comfortable, in fact, that we spent four hours on the hill. During that time, Jana and I hiked up the mountain twice which, is probably a record for us. My goal for this year is to continue to lose weight and to increase my stamina and strength so that, next year, I can manage that trek three times.

Goals, I haz 'em.

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