This year’s New Years Eve looked very different than previous years, as you can see. Makai’s daycare had the popular children’s performer, Mary Macaroni, in to perform and do a countdown to the new year at noon. Then the kids were all released early.
Later on we went to Jen and Chad’s house and stuck it out as long as Makai could make it (until about 9:30 p.m.). Maybe next year he’ll make it longer (or we’ll get a babysitter). This was the 9th year we’ve spent New Years Eve at Jen and Chad’s house!
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My parents were visiting for the Christmas break from Wednesday (Christmas Eve) until Sunday. Then on Friday Jess and Stephanie came down. On Sunday Richard and Amanda joined everyone and we had our Christmas party.
I guess I didn’t get any photos of the fine meal that Dallas made. It was a Portuguese roast with vegetables. The recipe is from Dallas’s Aunty on Kauai and she makes it for him every time we go home. Amanda also made a nice salad and for dessert we had the homemade candy that my parents brought. ALSO, while Makai was taking his after-lunch nap, I had a fun (and delicious!) project for Jess and Steph. We made reindeer from Nutter Butter cookies. I thought they were going to be like Pinterest wrecks, but once they were dried and everything, they were pretty cute (and delicous!).
Later on we opened gifts. This was the first year that Stephanie joined the gift exchange between the adults. We just draw names, so we don’t have to buy for everyone. I had Steph’s name and she had mine! I got her an electric blanket for her cold dorm room and she got me a nice perfume that I’ve been wanting, some kind of new fangled Coke, and an awesome calendar personalized with photographs I’ve posted on Facebook over the past year or so! Even though Steph was in the name drawing, I could not resist buying her some small gifts. One of these was a selfie stick, which was fun to play with. I got Jess one too, since they don’t live in the same house any more!
Jess and I did not forget to take our photos by the hats we drew in 2010. We tried to take our photo with the selfie stick but after a lot of misfires, we just had mom take the photo. Look how much we’ve grown!
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On the day after Christmas, Katjie and Steve hosted a get together at their house. Katjie’s “brother” Kimmo was visiting from Finland. This was her family’s foreign exchange student from years and years ago. In Finland he is a chef and he prepared the most delicious food for us. It was all finger foods, bite sized, but we ate so much I was so stuffed! Craziest: Half year old reindeer. Seems not right to eat it during at Christmastime! I also loved the “taco,” which was made with smoked turkey and did not look like a taco, but had all the flavors. Loved the whitefish with dill creme fraiche, too.
It was so mild outside that we actually spent a lot of time on the deck, which had a fire pit to keep us warm. At some point the karaoke machine came out. I’m sure the neighbors appreciated that! Also, Lola, one of Katjie and Steve’s daughters (age 9), drew portraits of us, which was fun.
Had fun hanging out and hope to do it again soon!
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