January 2nd, 2015


Happy New Year! (Also - Pictures!)

A couple days after Christmas, we finally had family photos taken. A very pleasant process outside (it was warm!) with a local photographer, Shay. She has posted a small best-of on Facebook, while the full set is here if you want to browse the whole almost-200 of them.

The picture above is one of my favorites, edited a little to take out a high-contrast rock that seemed to be jutting out of the side of Rosie's head. She's wearing a butterfly clip she told us she put in because she wanted to look like Annie (we went to the new film of Annie last week with a friend). I thought that was cute, both in concept and in how it looked.

We have had a quiet holiday. We celebrated New Year's day with a walk in nearby Reservoir Park on another sunny day (and rolling down the hillside!), plus playing with Rosie's presents, packing up the last of the christmas decos and taking the tree out of the house, and eating Chinese food, which Brian tells me is an East Coast New Year's tradition, though in his college years they did it just past midnight, whereas we did it around noon after our walk.

A highlight of the week was a games night for the whole family over at a friend's house on Sunday, combined with a feast of fingerfood including deviled eggs, guacamole and chips, and ham sandwiches. The holidays were a little lonely here compared to being in Michigan, but moments like that seemed to bode well for good times yet to come.

Brian is having his gall bladder out next Tuesday, so that will make for a kind of intense start to the year, but also hopefully give him some relief from the pain the gallstones have been causing. Please keep him in your thoughts.

May 2015 be a good year for us and also for all of the rest of you out there in Internet Land!