So it's only the 3rd already, by the time I'm finally getting around to posting about our big dinner. We had a great New Years Day, and then yesterday we were all recovering, enjoying our last day of "vacation" and the last day of the Barczak's visit. They headed home yesterday afternoon and my Ryan's back at work today, and it seems just a little too quiet around here now. *Sigh* Time to get back in the normal routine of the new year!
But first- our dinner!!
We started this "tradition" last year:
"We're having a big New Years dinner party this afternoon with some friends, and I'm so excited! Ryan and had been talking the last couple of years about how we really wanted to have one holiday that was more of a "friend" holiday where every year we gather together and have a big ol' dinner with lots of friends. Since no one ever does much for New Year's, we thought that would be a good one to pick. So we're trying to start a tradition here. Ultimately I'm thinking it will be so neat to look back years from now and remember who was here with us each year, how the group has changed, how things have changed (including the kids!) and stuff like that. I think it will be nice to have the same "background" for those memories and host a fun dinner every year."
Here are the few pics and stuff from last year.
This year I was super excited about our Second Annual New Years Day Dinner! (cuz I get excited about silly stuff like Second Annual!) (and I have new actual matching dining room furniture!) (and we love having people over!) (and I like any excuse to get excited!!)
The Barczaks get the gold star for attendance, being that they were the only ones (besides us hosts) to attend the dinner same as last year. It meant so much to us that they would drive down from MI to visit and be a part of our celebration! That's some dedication there! We love you guys!!
Other than the Barczaks, it was just us locals around here, including Kasey driving in from Columbia (Mike had to work).
Next year we're looking forward to an even bigger turn-out, as our good friends The Robertsons will have moved up to Indiana from Nashville and will have a much shorter trip to be here!!
Anyway, on to the pics...
I meant to do better in the picture taking department this year, but for obvious reasons, ended up in the kitchen before dinner, more than behind the camera. At one point I looked into the family room from in front of the stove, and all three girls (Erin, Kasey and Nic) had their cameras out and were snapping away at something cute. So if you're looking for more pics, they all have plenty, and well, here I only have a few to show off...
the place settings
(you can click on this to see the full sized image if you want to read about all the symbolism in our menu)
some girls gabbing
some boys playing
some boys getting ready for a card game (and Porter getting ready for bed!)
Next year I vow to get a group shot of everyone together before dinner!!
Thank you to all our friends who joined us to celebrate. We love you all!
And wee missed those of you who couldn't be with us.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year to Everyone!