We had a lovely time at Aunt Becky's tonight ringing in the new year. Originally we were going to have the NYE party at my place (just the folks, judiang, Becky & me), but Becky's son asked if she'd babysit Braden, the first grader. So Becky suggested having it at her place and inviting her granddaughters along to keep Braden occupied. Taylor (who just turned 12) came for the party - her younger sister opted to party with her mom instead.
So Judi and I brought lots of Chinese food from Tokyo Peking (which took longer than anticipated, so I was over half an hour late to my own party) to start off the festivities. After we snarfed down a goodly portion of food (there's still LOTS left over - yum!) we cleared the table. Dad & Braden watched some DVDs Braden had brought. Taylor watched Mama Mia for the umpteenth time. And mom, Judi, Becky & I played pinochle. My winning streak finally died, but man, mom got a DOUBLE RUN. That was beautiful. I took a photo. We also played a game of Fluxx, which Becky & Mom disliked. Ah well. Then another game of Pinochle. (Mom & Becky won it as well.)
Mom's double run!
Since Taylor has just turned 12, we decided that it was time for her to do the same right of passage that all of the Lowry women have done throughout the ages - we taught her how to play Shanghai Rum. Heh. We didn't get all the way through the game (only completed to a run of five and 2 sets of 3) but I won with Taylor coming second. Not bad for her first time. And yay me!
Dad got the drinks ready for all - sparkling grape juice for the kids & me, brut for the adults. Braden decided he was drunk after drinking two glasses of sparkling grape. Heh. We then toasted the new year at midnight. Woohoo!
Last night & this afternoon, Judi and I saw our last two theatrical movies for 2008 - The Tale of Despereaux and Seven Pounds. Despereaux was lovely - wonderful animation, delightful story. Seven Pounds was hellishly teary. We weren't expecting that. It was good, but I'll admit that I'll be getting a DVD when Despereaux comes out, but not when Seven Pounds does.
Later today, after we sleep, I'll be watching my parade. I love it that those wonderful people in Pasadena put a parade on for me every year. Love ya, Pasadena!