Rather than loud music or the sound of people talking or laughing, our night was filled with a chorus of hacking coughs, sneezing and the girls fighting because Mommy and Daddy were both still too sick to referee. No confetti or streamers at this party. Instead our floor, coffee table and night stands are strewn with wrappers from cough drops and crumbled tissues that missed their mark on the way to the trash can. And as much as we enjoy a nice glass of wine or whiskey, our "spirits" for the evening were ginger ale and Robitussin. It was a party for the ages. I cannot remember a New Year's Eve in recent memory so quiet, except possibly the year B was born, when we both fell asleep watching Bond movies on a loop on cable.
It might have been because of the busy weekend and first part of the week we had, moving our offices to a new location and it certainly didn't help that I have been sick off-and-on for about 3 weeks. December certainly was crazy and I am looking forward to getting back to some sort or "normal" routine in the coming weeks. It could also be that because I was sick, Rob did a lion's share of the heavy lifting on Sunday (with his dad and brother) while I went home to sleep, and then he ended up getting sick. It has been a perfect storm of imperfection.
If nothing else, the down time (is there ever really down time with kids) has given us a few minutes to look back on the year and marvel at what we have done. The firm is still going and has moved to bigger space. We have been blessed with so many friends (personal and professional) who have helped us by sending referrals or just being there to chat if we need it.
Aside from bringing home the latest germs to test out on us, the girls are healthy and thriving in their schools and "social" lives. We are truly blessed and have had a good year filled with fun times, trips and family.
We are looking forward to this new year and all that it will bring us. And we wish all of our friends and family a very happy and healthy and wonderful New Year!