Anyway, most of us had a good night. We had a wonderful dinner, cooked again by Pete, and had discussions about things like purchasing "part" of a donkey for some poor people through the World Vision catalog. The boys started talking about which part they wanted to buy -- the legs? the head? Eventually they came to the conclusion that they actually needed all of the parts of the donkey wouldn't really function well -- except maybe the tail.
Afterwards we played a rousing game of "American Trivia" -- and Miles won. Which is good because he is the one who would have been devastated if he lost.
But before all that, we had a nice brunch with this gang:
It was a fun reunion with 2 families we have walked with for many years now.
We also had a good time playing some Pickleball on the driveway.
So, 2014 went out in the midst of loud celebrating, a full house, and some interpersonal (parent-child) conflict... which is a good representation of the whole year. Thankful for a wonderful 2014!
p.s. While we may have missed the Family New Year's Eve Sweet Spot, I take comfort that we have at least found a small sweet spot for board-game-playing. I enjoyed walking in to this scene a couple days ago -- all 4 of them involved and loving it.