Bouncing into the New Year

Happy new year, everyone! It’s been a lovely week between Christmas and New Year’s, with winter finally making its way in with some snow and wind, but not enough to keep me from one last bike ride of the year. Vivian’s also used her new air fryer a couple times, and Hannah’s enjoyed making a batch of bracelets with her bracelet-making kit.

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I had New Year’s Eve off, so I went with Vivian and the kids down to Altitude for another Homeschool Jump. Aaron played a couple rounds of dodgeball in the dodgeball court, and they both got their fill of swinging on the trapeze and falling into the pit of foam cubes.

We saw a few of our mutual homeschooling friends while we were there, and it was good to catch up with a few of the Grown-Ups as well. I even got to run around with the kids for a bit, and then we got a family photo jumping together before we had to go (thanks, Jolene).

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We had some freezing fog that morning that made our trip to Fort Street a little slippery (especially on a big hill), so we postponed our New Year’s Eve fondue and rang in the New Year with just us and the kids. I did wind up driving Hannah on by to say “Happy New Year” in person to Grammy and Pop-Pop, and she also got to show Bella her new T-shirt.

Back home, Vivian and I stayed up until midnight with the kids watching Ice Age and having some popcorn shrimp and bubbly drinks. Hannah and Aaron both made it until midnight and gave each other cheers as our neighbors set off fireworks outside. We also gave Pop-Pop a call to wish him a Happy New Year (Grammy and my parents were already asleep).

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New Year’s Day brought in some proper snow to our area, with an inch or two blowing in throughout the day. I managed to get in a good first run of the year before the roads got too slippery, and the precipitation managed to turn my goatee a frosty white before I returned home.

We stayed home nice and cozy most of the day, as Vivian made black eyed pea soup for dinner and the kids got some extra time playing Mega Man Maker in the basement. We also added an ornament or two to the tree (just a few days before we’ll have to take it all down, of course).

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Then on Sunday, we had our proper New Year’s Eve party with all four grandparents and a pot of cheese fondue. Grammy and Pop-Pop came by with an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, including some frosted cranberries. Vivian warmed up a pot of cheese fondue for us, and we all took turns dipping bread, shrimp, parsnips, and cauliflower into its warm deliciousness — washed down with some ginger ale I’d been saving in the basement. Donna also brought by a cheesecake, just in case we hadn’t packed enough calories already, which we had before calling it a night.

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Happy New Year, everyone!
Welcome to 2022.

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