This week has been a pretty good week – shared family flu not withstanding. We had a great low key Christmas. Over the years we have perfected our Christmas. There is a travel ban from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day. If it requires more than 2 hours in the car, or an overnight stay we just are not going to be there. Mostly we go to my In-law’s house for lunch and gifts on Christmas Day. When I was a kid we spent the whole Christmas break driving from one house to another across several states. We barely had time to see anyone, much less play with any presents we might have received. I hated it. Who would enjoy being crammed into a station wagon full of presents, luggage, 5 kids, and 2 adults for hours on end? So now that I have Mermaid I have a travel ban for those three days of the year. Unless it is to France, a tropical island, or a cruise – then I will be on that plane quicker than you can say passport.
This year we added a new tradition. In November I read about a Christmas tradition from Iceland called the Book Flood. It is a pretty awesome tradition that my family is going to observe from now on. Every Christmas Eve they exchange books, then spend the night cuddled up in bed reading. Seriously how do you not love a tradition where you get a book then you are required to go to bed and read it! In my family we always got a new pair of pajamas that you got to sleep in on Christmas Eve. I am rearranging it. From now on we will get the pajamas on December 1st, and the books on New Years Eve. Mermaid received 3 story books, Hubby got a book of Tesla puzzles, and I got Mastering your Mean Girl.
To celebrate New Year’s Eve we decided to drive over to Mobile, Alabama to eat lunch at the new PF Chang’s. This is my favorite restaurant of all time. When ever we go out of town we have to eat at one, and when we fly through Atlanta we have to have a layover long enough for me to visit for lunch. If you have never had the Honey Chicken you are missing out in life. Before we had Mermaid we would get dressed up and go out with a group of friends to the Pelican Drop in Pensacola. (It is like the ball drop in New York but it is a big pelican – it’s a Pensacola thing.) There would be a nice dinner, drinking, and dancing. Then we would sleep till noon on the First. This year our baby sitter (aka my Mother In-law) went out of town so we are going to be home with Mermaid. We have some bubbly in the fridge, and popcorn ready to watch the shows on tv. How do you celebrate New Year with small kids?
On the drive there and back Hubby reminisced about 2017. It was a pretty good year in our family. We took 2 trips with Mermaid and my In-laws, one to Williamsburg in the spring, and one to Disney World in the fall. Hubby and I took our anniversary trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto just the two of us. Mermaid started school for the very first time ever. Hubby celebrated 10 years with his company. He got to go on a cruise through Central America and see the Panama Canal for work – He tries to get a job at least once a year where he gets to travel to a new country. I had my best year yet with my shop Blinking Cat Boutique sales wise. I also wrote my first two patterns that I plan to start selling soon. I think it was one of my favorite years ever.
Fingers crossed next year will be even better. I am officially starting my Happiness Project tomorrow. We are prepping our house to sell, and making plans for the house we are going to build in 2019 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is going to be a family trip with the In-laws to Germany and Austria in May. Lots of things in the works for my store. Now if I could get Hubby’s dog to be more obedient the year would be perfect.