Our New Year's festivities took us to Dayton where we met up with my family and some very dear friends from Hong Kong and Utah. In fact, I got to see my best friend, who happens to be 7 months pregnant with her first baby, and her husband for the first time in toooooo long.
Side note: it's really kind of strange when your best friend marries some guy you've never met before who seems to be a good guy. But then it's kind of the best when you actually get to spend time with him a year and a half later and it turns out that he's really kind of awesome and hilarious. End of side note.
So here was our trip to Dayton, or some of it at least. There was a lot of laughing and game playing and general joviality.
We played outside...
Until we were exhausted.
We read books...
And Ava had her first tea party!!!
It was delicious....
We played Pretty, Pretty Princess,
nibbled on some delicious babies,
snuggled with loved ones.
New Year's Eve was a good time had by all as well.
Ava wrestled with the birthday boy
and snuggled some more. (This? Melted. My. Heart. And I just realized that he's wearing her sock on his hand. Mike, Mike, Mike.)
Then, I talked to my quasi-niece
and beat Brad at Hearts.
We popped some bubbly (sparkling cider),
played Weird Face Game,
and then destroyed the place. (I was spraying the whole room but then I just decided to spray my husband.)
HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHUMPS.
The mess? WORTH IT.
I am so excited for 2012. I have some pretty exciting things up my sleeves...