I think Papa Pea and I broke some sort of a long-standing record by staying up to bring the New Year in at midnight last night. That's what happens when you're at a wild party full of good food, drink, laughter and a couple of delightfully squirrely little boys.
After much back and forthing, using up Plans A through about F, we made the final decision to hold the party at Erin's family's cabin where they had been staying for the week. We were scheduled to all trek out to Chicken Mama's but unfortunately we had freezing rain all day yesterday coating every surface including, of course, the roads. Chicken Mama volunteered to be the only one to have to drive. So she came in to town and then went back home after the celebration ended. (As she said, she's used to it!)
As kids tend to do, the games came out as soon as they spied an adult willing to play with them. Above is a tense game of Pick Up Sticks and Chinese Checkers.
We had late Christmas presents to exchange. Chicken Mama got each boy a book and three goose/duck/blackbird calls which were a real hit. (Something tells me Erin packed the calls deep in the bottom of a suitcase for the 1200 mile car ride home.)
Erin (aka The Knitting Machine) knit beautiful socks for all of us. Just beautiful!
Erin had mentioned in a blog post some time back that she had a funky chair that she wanted to someday try upholstering in deer hide. The northern Minnesota contingency gave her two cured hides to work with.
Erin's family had never played Charades so we taught them all and the boys did remarkably well. Here #1 son is trying to get us to say some word by pointing to Papa Pea.
Despite the fact that it looks as if Chicken Mama had just emptied the wine bottle she's holding, 'twas not the case. She was in the midst of showing us a trick where she could retrieve the bottle's cork (which had been pushed all the way into the bottle) without breaking the bottle. Let's just say the trick was . . . mildly successful.
As stated above, we did make it to midnight but not too long afterward. Before leaving, we said our good-byes to Erin's family as they had to be on their way home early today. I think they had a good time and enjoyed what they saw and did up here in the Northwoods. I know it was a very good experience for us having them here.
I ran across this quote a while ago and have decided to use it as my New Year's "resolution."
Begin now doing what you want to do now.
We are not living in eternity. We have only this
Moment, sparkling like a star in our hand ---
And melting like a snowflake.
- Marie Beynon Ray