Monday, January 04, 2016

A New Year- Happy 2016!

Our New Year's celebration has been low key, but good.
On New Year's Eve we ended up being in bed shortly after 10:00 p.m.
We had a couple of friends who asked us why we didn't just get a babysitter and go out, but the truth is that watching Raylan in the evenings is the easy part.  The harder part is when he gets upset and needs to be rocked back to sleep at 3:30 or 4:00, or when he's decided to get up and start his day at 5:30.  So we stayed in, laid in bed, and watched Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin in Times Square until we fell asleep.  I woke up around midnight when the firecrackers went off in our neighborhood, but then promptly rolled over and went back to sleep.
Raylan actually shocked us by sleeping in until past 7:00, which was awesome, but then he woke up with a bloody mouth, which was less cool.  It seems like he bumped his frenulum (patch of skin between the lip and the gum), which our daycare folks had warned us bleeds easily in kids his age.  So, as is often the case, our blissful moment of peace was punctuated with a brief moment of terror.
But he smiled the whole time, and the bleeding quickly stopped. 

(There's no sadder sight for a bass and/or rhythm guitarist
father to see than the slow development of his son into a drummer)

Once we got the bleeding baby under control, Amy made some really tasty migas for our first meal of 2016.  They were really good, and I hope she makes them again sometime!  Love you, Amy!

(so far so good in 2016!)

On New Year's Day we took care of some chores and did a little straightening.  We also stopped by Mandy's house to eat some black-eyed peas and cabbage with her and her family.  It was fun to get a chance to see Justin, Charissa, Lucas, Leia, TJ, Kellie, Marigold, Josephine, and Ellen!  Such a fun family!  Kim and Miles had also stopped by, so we got to hang out with them, too.  Raylan loved watching the bigger kids play.
On Saturday I went grocery shopping.
In the late afternoon Jean and Greg and Scott arrived from Arizona.  Amy is buying a new (used) car from her grandparents (a Mazda5), so they very graciously drove it to us and came out for a visit.
And we've been having a very nice visit!  Amy made a delicious lasagna the first night, and Scott spent the night with us (Jean and Greg are at a hotel this trip).

(Raylan and Scott discover a common affinity for trucks)

(getting prepped for meal time)

On Sunday Greg and I went to see the newest Star Wars flick at the Westgate theater by my house.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had added reclining chairs and reserved seating at this theater since the last time I had been there. 
Jean and Amy took Scott and Raylan to the Thinkery.  Amy gave it sort of mixed reviews.  I still want to try it out.
In the evening we went out to my parents' house in Steiner Ranch.  My folks (well, mostly my mom) made a really nice dinner for us with brisket, chicken, salad, baked potatoes, green beans, and biscuits.  She made brownies for dessert.
We had a really nice time hanging out and catching up.

(cutthroat game of Mexican Train)
This morning I got up and went to breakfast at Kerbey Lane with Amy's family before heading to work.
Very nice way to start off the week.  Thanks, Jean and Greg!

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