My dear Ricochetti (I hope I can still say that) -- we at Toad Hall were planning to have a party here with a bonfire, sledding, egg nog,
champagne, board games, children playing outside under the nearly full moon until midnight while the parents chatted, ate, and drank.
Instead, as has happened so many times for us this year, ill health kicked us in the backside. My four and six year olds have the croup, and one of them threw up on our new Christmas blanket this morning. So we canceled the party.
We Toads ate our lonely (if 8 people can be said to be lonely) chili (good for respiratory health), drank wine and children's beverages,
and munched on the appetizers intended for 25 instead (stuffed mushrooms and a yummy thing my son makes with breakfast sausages and croissant rolls).
Now the children are preparing for bed while I clean up the kitchen and post at Ricochet. Soon I will brush little teeth and then read Dickens' "Christmas Carol"
while we work on a new 1000-piece puzzle.
We'll keep the fire going til midnight, and then crawl into bed at some point.
What were your plans to see 2012 off?