Well Hello There, 2016!

I told Cory the other night that I used to LOVE New Year's Eve! But in my high school/early college days I always wished I had a boyfriend so I had someone to kiss when the clock strikes midnight. 

Now I'm married and I haven't stayed up till midnight since having kids... 

Sleep is a priority in my aging days. The new year will happen if I kiss someone and cheer or not, so I prefer to spend it doing one of my favorite things. 

That being said we did try to have fun this year. On New Year's Eve we went to dinner at Sizzler with my family and then came back and played card games. I knew I was in trouble when I started yawning and my eyes started watering at 7:30. But we were having fun and pigging out on food. 

At 8:00 pm we pretended it was the new year and let the girls bang pots and pans. They had no idea why mommy was suddenly letting them beat the pans that she yells at them for pulling out of the cupboard the other 364 days of the year, but it was an easy 3 solid minutes of fun. 
Brynlies face is just so stinking perfect. 
We put them to bed and continued playing games until I couldn't take it anymore. After doing my nighty skin care ritual and reading scriptures I was out by 11:30. I almost made it. 

New Year's Day we did the annual ice skating thing with Cory's side of the family. I always look forward to this. His family is seriously the best. I love them. I didn't get any pictures because I was too busy getting my arms ripped out of their sockets trying to help Kennedy learn to skate, so I stole the one I was tagged in on Facebook. 
Kennedy was so excited to go but then after a few rough laps, decided ice skating wasn't for her. Which was fine, my body needed a rest. But we still had fun. 

We all gathered at Cory's parents church and had yummy soups and played games and talked. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! So much that after we were kicked out of the church we moved the festivities to Hillary's house and continued playing games. 
I can't say enough about how blessed I feel to have married into such a wonderful family. They're so close and loving, it's impossible to not feel loved and wanted when you're with them. 

Ok, now for some randomness: 

It took me a whole 5 minutes to teach Kennedy how to play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on the piano the other day. Now she sits down and plays it all the time. I am so proud of her! The other day she even tried to teach it to Brynlie. 
And baby Allison is doing so well!!! It got a little scary there for a minute but she's been moved out of the NICU, is taking her feedings by mouth, on the lowest form of assisted oxygen, and really close to getting to come home!!! I can't wait to hold this little babe! 
Thanks for your prayers on her behalf. She's been a miracle baby. Hopefully 2016 will be a great year for her. 

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