Fun night and good, productive day

We had a really fun time last night. Jody, Ava and I went over to our friends’ house – Dax, Brandy and 2-yr-old Creed – to ring in the new year with them and another couple – Sonja and Troy and their 7-week-old daughter Annabelle.

We had a potluck dinner with lots of yummy appetizers and other foods, and we actually had a few drinks as well. Anybody who knows us knows this is really out of the ordinary for us. We just don’t drink much. In fact, the bottle of Jose Cuervo we took with us to make our margaritas is easily three years old and only had about 3 ounces missing from the bottle (and now only has 7 oz. missing)! LOL

We had plans to play games, but the conversation kept flowing, so we sat around and talked all night.

Ava and Creed had a BLAST playing together. They’ve known each other since Ava was a few months old, but it’s only in the past few months that they’ve both reached an age where they can really play and have fun together. :)

Anyway, we had planned on only staying til 9 or 10 p.m., but we were having such a good time we didn’t leave until 11:30. We were home by the time the clock struck 12. Happy New Year!

Today has been really productive around here. Jody and I took the Christmas tree down, I did a few loads of laundry including our bed linens, Jody straigtened up the extra bedroom (in the basement) for my sister’s arrival in two days, then I went down there and did a bunch of organizing and rearranging. I gathered up a big box full of things to give away – curtains, blinds, sweaters, coats, magazines, old purses, etc. Guess I’m getting started on my voluntary simplicity living. ;)

Jody has the day off tomorrow, but a friend of his will be in from out of town, so he and all the boys are getting together for an all-day DnD session. Blah.

I think the lil miss and I will run some errands. I’m on the lookout for a cute little chair for her that I can also use for my photography business, so we might hit a flea market or second-hand shop or two. We’ll see. Also need to do a bit more cleaning before my sister gets into town. She’ll be staying with us for six days. She hasn’t seen Ava since her 1st birthday in June so she’s very excited about getting to spend some time with her niece. And I’m excited to see her too. :)

And now I’m going to go read some more about simple living. (Thanks for the link, Amy!)