Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Tradiation Lives On

I can't tell you how much I needed this evening.

I have been so convinced for months that adding another family member would mean sacrificing so much for so many, and I assumed that the Whitlock/Shipley annual New Year's Eve Countdown would be one of the things to go.

Well, after I lost out on what I wanted for Christmas Eve, I decided not to let NYE go too! And, I was so thrilled that Grace had no problem keeping our "date" even if it added a little extra crying.

Our kids always have a good time together, and tonight was no exception.

I told Grace that my goal was not for it to be perfect, but for it to be enjoyed, and I truly did.  I didn't pull out all the stops like I typically do, but there was plenty of fun activities, food and tons of laughs. I didn't sweat a single "small thing," and enjoyed watching the kids and our guests have a great celebration.

Here's to the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.  May we all still be friends for another year to come--and many, many more after that.

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