The soup my Japanese family has been eating to celebrate New Year’s Day. Joe is determined to carry on the tradition (he is awesome) and luckily my mom had some fresh mochi to share. So with some miso, carrots, green onion, tofu, and other ingredients he made up a big pot. Just the smell brought back some wonderful memories of growing up and my grandparents.

DSC02550We finally lit the bird seed candle Paul made (along with our advent candles) and gave thanks for a year full of change. DSC02551Looking back, I don’t know if any of us were prepared for how much would change over the course of one year. But we are grateful for every part of it. Joe’s new job, a doctorate program, everyone swimming, cell phones, a new car… and at each point the change has been hard at first, but we adapted and grew as a result.

Hopefully we will continue this tradition and give our children a little bit of history and culture.

Happy 2016!

I don’t usually stay up until midnight but our friends the Rollogs hosted a fabulous friend gathering, so we all hung in there.DSC02531The kids had a tent to play inDSC02533¬†while the adults had a fire pit. We enjoyed nachos, cider, s’mores, and board games.DSC02534We came home and all went straight to bed.
DSC02546I guess that’s what happens when you party like rockstars.