January 1, 2013
Happy New Year!
I celebrated new years eve a whole day before you guys, living in the future and all. I definitely miss my babies and friends back at home, but we were consoled with family hot pot.
My aunt went through considerable effort to create an impressive spread. My favourites were the beef, scallops, vines, wontons, and fried tofu.
Don went around taking portraits of people. Lucky me.
My cousin Alison has had this "magnum" bottle of champagne since her wedding a few years ago. It's just so huge, she never had occasion to drink it!
We were happy to help.
It was so big that it didn't fit into a regular ice bucket, so we used a laundry bucket instead.
Busy apartment that night.
New Years Eve also happens to be my uncle's birthday! We had cake.
Then, the moment of truth.
All the while, I was playing with my nephew, Curtis! He is one month younger than Alice and much smaller. Holding him for long periods of time was easy compared to what I'm used to.
Speaking of babies, these blog posts are brought to you by... my parents! They are a tremendous support when it comes to helping Don and I with the children, and are game to get their hands dirty doing night-shift, meals, diapers, baths... you name it. They were an immense help when I first had Dexter, and now continue to be super star grandparents even with a toddler AND a newborn.
2012 has been a really work intense year (babies & house & teaching), and there is no way I would have gotten through it all without the support of my family. Love them.
We celebrated until the countdown and then some.
I hope your new years festivities were fun, whatever you got up to!
May 2013 bring you good health and happiness (such a Chinese thing to say)! I'm going to work hard to enjoy my babies as much as I can while they are at this "small" stage in life; to continue living actively (literally and figuratively) as a participant and contributor to my community; and to keep authentically connecting with the people in my life, be they my students, friends, family, or husband.
So far, 2013 is off to a great start!