Last winter we never got enough snow to go sledding. When we saw that Friday's snowstorm had brought us a few more inches of white stuff we decided it was time to head out to our favorite sledding spot.
Yep. She liked having her own tube better. Todd and I took turns sending her down the hill and then running down to the bottom to help her walk back up. She was such a trooper walking up that big hill. I was positive that we would have to carry her but it was one more thing that she wanted to do by herself. She did let me hold her hand once she realized how steep the hill was and how slippery it could be.
It was over two hours of fun. Even though every single one of the inner tubes developed slow leaks shortly after using them for the first time, and Todd had to quickly run out and buy new tubes (we may just stick with our plastic toboggan and some saucers as the second set ALSO developed leaks. ACK!) we all had a really good time.
It was the perfect day for sledding. The weather was gorgeous. Little snowflakes flitted down all around us. We were actually sweating as we climbed back up the hill. It was a great day.
Back at home we had to start getting ready for a night out. We had friends coming in from out of town for a pre New Year's Eve party at our favorite restaurant. All of Todd's close friends live at least an hour and a half away and mine are even farther, so it is not often we get to have a night out with them.
I was the designated driver for the night and I'm so glad I was. Our friends stayed the night at our house and when I saw how everyone was feeling the next morning I was pretty happy to have been the "responsible" one the night before. Besides, if you'd ever meet me you would see that I do not need alcohol. As a matter of fact I even got the "I can't believe you've only been drinking water!" from the new girl in our group. I can be pretty goofy. And nerdy.
Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I love New Year's Eve. Probably more now that I have kids than when I was a single girl. It seems that New Year's is played up so much when you are a young adult that it rarely, if ever, lives up to the hype. Todd and I used to have a blast skiing and partying at the chalet with our friends when we were younger, and I think we will be able to do that with our kids when they are older. But for now, I am happy to make new traditions with our kids. Simple plans, but always fun.
Tonight we are having tons of appetizers, juice in fancy glasses, a roaring fire, and favorite movies. It is fun and relaxing at the same time. A great way to say goodbye to this year and ring in a new year.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a peaceful, blessed New Year!