It’s officially 6 days into 2016. It’s 6:50 am and I just got Noah back down to sleep. It’s been one of those super early mornings where I tried everything to get him back to sleep. Once he was peacefully snoozing in his crib I tried to jump back under the covers and get some more sleep. I looked over at my husband to see him peacefully sleeping (this morning is my morning on Noah duty… we do switch:) ) and I realize I can’t go back to sleep. I cuddled up next to him and started to think about how lucky I am. Sure I had to wake up at 4:30 am when I didn’t get much sleep the night before, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 2015 has been such an amazing year, and 2016 is already off to a great start.
This year we opted for a low-key new years and decided to stay in a HomeAway rental home with friends. In my opinion the perfect New Years Eve involves friends & family, an amazing dinner, good conversation, and champagne. I’m not a fan of going out for New Years Eve, and obviously it can be hard to do so when you have a little one. Babysitters are pretty sparse on New Years, plus I think it’s important to ring in the new year with a group of friends and family all under one roof.
Most of my friends in Austin live in apartments and haven’t made the plunge into home ownership. Real estate prices here are out the roof (a tear-down house can cost around 350k) and our generation isn’t big on commitment I guess. Hosting New Years at your apartment or going to an apartment get-together just isn’t the same as gathering at a home. That’s why the Home Away house was absolutely perfect. Everyone can come together in one place, cook together, eat together, and really enjoy one another’s company.
Dylan decided it would be a good idea to cook a massive turkey for our small group (we still have a ton of it leftover). Everyone else brought some side dishes and I made a dessert. After dinner we hung out, sipped on some delicious wine, played games, had a dance party, broke out the broom and did some limbo (my back still hurts). I’m such a grandma that I was in bed before midnight, but the bed was so comfy that I totally didn’t mind 🙂