Notice the light-saber hanging from Toby's mismatched pajama pants as he dutifully holds up his rodeo videos for the camera. Toby and Lane both found light-sabers in their stockings.
On the day after Christmas, I played Settlers of Catan with Hope, Sydney, and Lane. Toby woke up sick on the 26th, but was better by the next day.
On New Year's Day, we had a board game party with my sister and her kids, Howard's parents, and my friend A. and her kids. (My sister's husband and my friend A.'s husband are both soldiers deployed right now.) Sydney, on the left, and Hope, on the right, make chocolate chip cookies with their cousin Haley.
My sister plays a game with Haley.
Lane, on the right, plays Set with his cousin Nathan (center) and his friend Jotham.
Mr. Edwards, Toby, and Mr. Edwards. My father-in-law, son, and husband watch the Sugar Bowl.
We all had so much fun on New Year's Day. After our last guests left at nearly ten o'clock we sent our four to bed tired and happy. As I cleared up the kitchen and Howard watched the rest of the football game, I received a Skype call from my dear friend Sharon. I had so much fun talking with her, hearing her voice, and seeing her in action.
Happy New Year!