Friday, January 2, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, and Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and New Year's Day yesterday.  We had a wonderfully laid back few days, and thought I'd share five things about how we rang in 2015!


Last year, we had a little party with the kids on New Years' Eve, and Brantley wanted to have another one, which was fine with me.  She gets so excited planning parties (no idea where she gets that from :)), and wanted it to be a "super fancy" party.

So, Brantley and I planned the menu, she made signs, the guest list, and food labels,  all got dressed in "fancy dresses," and we threw a par-tay!


We had crock pot meatballs...

...Hot and Cheesy Corn Dip...

...and Whipped Feta Spread with Crackers.  Everything was good, but this Whipped Feta was delicious!  I'll be sharing the recipe next week.  Super easy, and so good with veggies and crackers!

I made the kids Shirley Temples to drink, and we counted down with King Julian from Madagascar thanks to the cutest video on Netflix!  It's a 3 minute long dance party and then a cute countdown to the New Year that you could do at anytime, since our little ones go to bed much earlier than midnight!  They had a fun time counting down and celebrating, and then they were off to bed!


After the kiddos went to bed, it was time for Scott and I to have our own little party!  For a solid 5 (or is it 4?  At least 4, I know) years now, I have gotten crab legs for a New Year's feast for myself, and we grill Scott a steak, so we continued our tradition and did the same thing this year!  

We bought our favorite champagne, favorite wines, and snacked on our party food and our crab legs and steak, watched football games and the Twilight Zone marathon on the Syfy channel, and enjoyed each other's company!  Laid back and quiet, but that's exactly what our Christmas break has been about, which has been fantastic!


So after our big fancy party last night, we took our first day of the year pretty easy. :)  

Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff put on several wonderful concerts for us, which are always welcome. :)

And then with a super mild day, we went outside for some Jeep riding, some golf lessons, and for me, some cleaning out of the car and the garage!  I am on a pretty good role of de-cluttering and purging all around the house, and the garage is no exception.  But more on that next week!  We rounded out the day with more college football watching and more lounging.  We are going to be nice and refreshed when school starts back next week!


We made sure that we did everything we could to ensure health, wealth, and prosperity in the New Year, by making a very traditional Southern New Year's Day meal of collard greens, black eyed peas and cornbread!  The kids and Scott had ham too, but I was fine without it today.

It was delicious, simple, and classic, and a good way to round out all our holiday meal splurges!  


As this pretty much wraps up out holiday break, I have looked back today on the past two weeks, and thought how wonderful it was to spend all this time at home with Scott and the kids.  The month of December was a huge whirlwind of presents, parties, cookies, trees, and all the other things that Christmas has become, but the actual holiday and the time that we had off was all about settling down, keeping things simple, spending time together, and loving and enjoying each other.  We talked, we played, we stayed up late, we snuggled, we watched movies, we (over)ate, we learned, we had a fire everyday, we sang, we danced, and we loved a lot.  It was the best Christmas so far, and though I am ready to get back into our routine and into a new year, I will look back on this holiday season so fondly.  

I hope you have had a wonderful week, have a fun weekend ahead of you, and I'll see you next week!

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