Happy New Year!

Ok, so I kind of fell off the posting-every-weekday blogging bandwagon toward the end of last year.  I tried but it didn’t quite work out some days…  That’s just how it goes when the holidays roll around.  Some things were not blogged that should probably be chronicled and I’ll see what I can do about getting them wrapped up.  No promises though.  I’m starting 2011 out stress free (at least for the first day).

On that note, let’s talk about New Year’s Eve!

For the past two days I felt like I was fighting a cold and had been super tired so we decided to keep our celebration low-key.  My boys really wanted to see their cousins and I did have a 10-pack of party hats/horns/leis that needed to be used so we invited Big Red and the boys over.  We also had a huge pack of mini-fireworks that the kids were dying to set off in the street.  Big Red brought over some fire wood, sparklers, chips/dip and some hummus.  It was an instant party!

J lit a nice fire in the fire bowl.  There’s just something about a roaring fire during the winter that makes everything feel festive.  When the temperatures dropped around midnight the heat felt so good!  Kindly ignore the crap at the bottom of our pool.  The wind blew tons of mulch and other debris into the water.  It needs a good vacuuming.  J, if you’re reading this can you add “clean the pool” to your list?  Pretty please?  🙂

When Big Red arrived he noticed my pisco in an Easter-Island-Head-shaped bottle on our bar.  He was intrigued since he had never heard of such a liquor much less tasted a pisco sour.  When I took a study abroad trip to Chile during my MBA studies at the University of Houston I imbibed great amounts of pisco sours.  Yum!  So I offered to make us all a round.  Here’s the recipe I used:

Pisco Sour

2 oz. pisco

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. simple syrup

1 egg white

dash of bitters

Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into a glass and enjoy!

We headed out front to light fireworks after the drinks were made.  The boys could hardly contain their excitement.  J was the pyro-hero in their eyes.  It was so cute watching them jump for joy and scream with delight.  Simple pleasures are the best, are they not?

The sparklers were a hit as well.  Have I told you how much I love the fireworks setting on my point-and-shoot camera?  I LOVE it!  Look at those photos!  So cool!

After all of the pyro toys were exhausted we headed back inside to snack on some more goodies and wait for the ball to drop.  We rang in the new year watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and toasting with a yummy bottle of Moet Chandon champagne that Big Red gave us for Christmas.  The boys split a bottle of sparkling grape juice.

As you can see, we got a new television for Christmas.  We’re in the process of relocating all of our A/V equipment so our living room looks kind of crazy with wires and stuff all over the place.

Then the kids mauled Big Red before becoming so exhausted they passed out…

From our family to yours, we wish you a blessed 2011 filled with happiness, good friends, good health and simple pleasures!

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