Recipe for a lovely day:
1 morning playing at home
1 trip to Target for party supplies (and bonus: new party shirts for both kids!)
1 trip to the playground, where the boys demonstrated their new sliding skills: Eli, feet first on his belly down the curly slide; Ben, head first on his belly down the double-bump.
1 dinner at the local Japanese restaurant, where good friends happened to show up just as we were finishing. We visited for a bit, and fed their two boys some of our extra yaki soba.
1 stop for gelato on the way home (it’s good to end the year with a taste of something sweet.)
1 quiet pair, stuffing peppers and filling dumplings for tomorrow’s party, sharing a half-bottle of champagne and a small box of truffles.