I can’t say we partied the night away this New Year’s Eve…because we didn’t, but we did ring in the new year hopeful and excited for what the new year might bring. Pretty much every day, but New Year’s Eve, since getting home from Arizona has been enjoyable and we have gotten out with Reese quite a few times.
Bryan and Reese met me for a dumpling lunch in the International District on Thursday, we dined at Fat’s Chicken and Waffles Friday night (and the owner gave us dinner on the house as she had promised when we were there and I was in labor), we made 4-month birthday pancakes on Saturday morning (that didn’t save the Wolverines in their bowl game) and then got dinner at Eastlake Bar and Grill that night, and then walked to Harvest Vine for dinner Sunday night for another amazing meal and wine at our favorite restaurant.
Monday night was a challenge to stay awake and we rang in the New Year with a dinner at home and a bottle of bubbly that we toasted to at the Eastern time zone “midnight” and then were later woken in the night to fireworks and celebration from our partying neighbors. Definitely felt a bit lame but woke up feeling refreshed and full of energy.
We spent New Year’s Day in a great way. After beginning the year with a workout at home we got dressed and went over to our friend Anita’s for brunch and then we all set out for a long walk in the surprisingly nice weather. Tuesday night we had fellow Longhorn’s alums, Anne and Phillip (and Rosalie) to watch the Texas vs. Georgia bowl game that blew my mind with Texas’ victory. It was a very social day but one that I felt quite productive with and even managed to sort through Reese’s clothes to update it to all her 6-month clothes and cleaned up around the house.
As we start the New Year we are also starting a new nanny for Reese and a new modified “full time” position for me at work. I’m also contemplating my goals and wishes for the new year and will be drafting those in the next week or so but Bryan and I had a great conversation while dining at Harvest Vine remembering and analyzing the past several months and looking to the future for what is to come and how to be the best parents, spouses, friends, sons, daughters, volunteers, and employees that we can be..without wearing ourselves out. I’m very much looking forward to the new year and think we are all starting out on a good foot!