Well, the rocky road is done, cheeseball is sitting in the fridge, the Girl doesn't need to get dressed up for her NYE dance yet, and the pizza is eaten, so I'll just take a sec and say Hi! Happy New Year! to you. And maybe finish up a couple posts I meant to do earlier. Possibly all rolled into one...
Today I talked my family into taking down the Christmas decorations. The kiddos were extremely reluctant. Now the boxes are hanging out waiting to be taken downstairs again. I did finally purge my stack of old Christmas cards. There were still keepers, to be sure, but most of the stack were recycled, after years of holding onto them in case I came up with a really good craft idea for them. No. I didn't, and it's better this way.
The new CD wallets we ordered arrived today, so I spent a good hour taking DVDs out of cases and organizing the wallets. We already keep most of our movies in wallets (highly recommend!), but we've been realizing how many seasons of shows we have (most bought pre-netflix of course) taking up way too much space. So, with the exception of some special collector boxes, all the TV dvds and movie trilogies got broken down today! It felt pretty good.
I filled two garbage bags full of empty dvd cases! CRAZY. They took up less than 2 of these wallets! Hooray for better organization.
All tucked away. The yellow ribbon designates the more 'family friendly' one (Muppet Show, Cosby, etc). I am still missing some discs... where did they go?
I totally over-analyzed the dvd cases by the way. Some were put together way better than others. Some fell apart so easy (I'm looking at you, Gilmore Girls!), some had the overlapping disc thing that I hate. Some folded, with separate slipcovers, some slipcovers with separate cases for each disc. I decided the best show's case was actually Liberty's Kids. One case, all four discs stuck (stacked!) on one side, with the episodes labeled on each disc! That show may be crazy cheesy (though educational), but man, they did their disc/case design right! And then I remembered we have the complete Seinfeld, whose case is AMAZING and definitely is a keeper. So LK came in second, I guess. And now you know.
On Christmas Eve, the girl and I made some fun ornaments with some wood beads I had hanging around. She watercolored a few of them, then we strung them with baker's twine.
We gave them away, but I think we'll have to make more...
Let's see, what else... Here's a photo of my breakfast. I LOVE when Aaron cooks for us. Which is often, we are lucky. But with him having some time off, we are loving fancy breakfasts, like this dutch baby with blueberries.
Seriously, though, I'm spoiled.
We got four new games for Christmas. Sleeping Queens had been highly recommended, and it is a crowd-pleaser. The Redhead's favorite new game.
Skip-bo is a classic that we somehow didn't have already, so that's been fun. I totally forgot how to play it, and now I realize it's a lot like solitaire!
King of Tokyo is AWESOME. Definitely a winner. So fun. Also I've won a couple games, so that's good.
Tsuro is cool-looking, and takes only a VERY short time to learn how to play. Which I appreciate. Games are relatively short, too.
Finally got some snow! Woo hoo!
Made sure to get out and play in it right away, since the temps dropped the next day and it's just been TOO COLD.
Alright, we've got some games (video and board) to get to before we watch Return of the King (the boys first time, they just finished listening to their dad read it to them!). And someone probably needs help with her hair. Off to celebrate.
Here's to 2015 being amazing.