to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday and the last day of the year, we went bowling at a swanky new place near my parents’ house. it was so fun to be with this whole clan. i love them.
in the last hours of 2011, those left at my parents’ house started getting a little droopy and tired, and even though i felt quite dreadful, i whipped up some new year’s eve activities and got us celebrating. i can’t let a holiday pass me by! i made everyone write down their top 20 from 2011 and their top 10 for 2012.
we had a little dance party (here’s a snippet: dad: oooh, i like her voice, who is this girl? me: dad, it’s justin beiber!) and then settled down by the fire to share our lists. the best part was hearing what 6-year-old mckay loved best about his year. just so i’ll remember all the goodness of two thousand eleven (and everything i want out of two thousand twelve), here’s my lists:
top 20 from 2011 top 10 for 2012
kissing a stranger husband job offer triumph china hawaii career looslis/shumways/pothiers in sf eyrealm christmas early morning ireland drive parties/cooking/baking edinburgh military tattoo fitness little girl in polochic surprise atitlan self-discipline (time) biking london have less fun temple with diane pray always dollhouse parties nauvoo sparkling sailing marin headlands sara’s visit/last night/wedding train adventure batter bubble disneyland with mckay o canada in the middle of lake louise listening to latika’s theme overlooking san fran
we finished just in time to pour the bubbly and get out the party poppers to ring in the new year. as soon as 12:01 rolled around, we all looked at each other and said, “can we go to bed now?!” i missed a stellar party with friends because i felt too sick to leave home, but i sure did have a great time in my pjs keeping my family awake. and i got my new year’s kiss!