What a sky it was last night! Paul said that it was a Full Moon on New Year’s Eve.
I love the pictures he took with his phone last night, as we drove around, trying to find someplace open to pick up dinner for our family.
Strange to us, nothing we wanted to eat was open (so not like the United States, but sort of nice – if you are prepared). So we stopped at our local grocery store, Mas x Menos (More for Less) to see what we could find. Thankfully we came up with something that didn’t take too long to make. We enjoyed a delicious dinner of: strawberry-spinach-cottage cheese salad with homemade poppy seed dressing, steamed artichokes with melted butter, fresh garlic and butter spread on a thick loaf of bread, and grilled pork chops. For dessert, since it was FHE tonight, we dunked imported Chips-Ahoy cookies into milk. Yum!
We wanted a great last meal to wrap up our Holiday Break and thank the kids for their help packing up the Christmas decor and getting the house cleaned up.
Thankfully the cleaning up came together pretty fast.
We even had time to print out a list of our highlights from this year’s Christmas and add it to our Christmas Book.
Curly Cook’s cover to our Christmas Book turned out SUPER CUTE!!
After the boy’s helped Paul and I clean up the Christmas Decor, I joined them in a game of Carcassonne.
We had a lot of fun together and afterward, we wanted to see if we could build one great big city. Sadly, it wasn’t possible but El Gringo sure did have fun making everything line up beautifully.
After cleaning up the entire main floor, we ate dinner, had a lovely FHE lesson by GingerSnap about “Stronger Than It Seems”. Then the kids INSISTED on having an activity. It was late, so very late (almost 9:00 p.m. and our usual bedtime is 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.) but I did feel strongly that we could at least do one LITTLE activity.
I call it “Copy Cat.” It is simple and can go as long or as short as you like. You have everyone line up and have the youngest person go first, but mix up all the other ages for fun. Have the youngest do an action. The next in line copies that action and adds his/her own action. The next in line does the same, adding their own action after copying the first two actions, and the games goes on and on until people either can not remember any longer or a timer goes off or a number of rounds have been played. You don’t just have to do this with actions. You can name: animals, names of people, fruits, countries, books, colors, anything really.
EVERYONE loved it. It gave loads of laughs and de-stressed us from the thoughts of starting school tomorrow. Even Paul had a good time. I was VERY happy with the night and now I am off to sleep. We are starting bright and early tomorrow morning, 5:45 a.m., after 12 days of R&R. I am grateful for the time we have had to just be Lazy Dazy, enjoying time together as a family and getting ALL the sleep one could ever dream of.
Happy New Year!