January 2, 2017

Kicking off 2017

We brought in the New Year at a party with friends on Saturday night.  Our friend Matt is in town from Washington and he and our friends Katie and Melissa coordinated a get together for New Years Eve.  We hadn't made any plans for New Years, so we were glad to be able to go.  It was a low key night with some of our favorite people.  We have spent a lot of New Years Eves with these friends over the years through the Young Adults Group parties, so it was fun to all be together as we rang in 2017.

We all headed home and to bed pretty soon after midnight and David and I had good intentions for going to church Sunday morning, but I woke up sick.  I have had a cough for a few days, but it was pretty rare and wasn't accompanied by any other symptoms.  But I think spending Saturday evening outside and not getting enough sleep caught up to me and I woke up feeling pretty bad.

So we rested and then went and got breakfast tacos at our old favorite Chiloso.  When we came home we watched some of the Cowboys game and watched a movie.  We had put away all of our Christmas stuff on NYE and worked on organizing our office a little.  Yesterday we spent some time putting together the shelves in Cooper's room and getting some things set up there--more pictures to come once things are a little more put together and once we have an overhead light in there again (we're having some trouble installing the ceiling fan, so everything is being done by lamplight currently).

Around dinner time we took a break from working on stuff and watching TV to enjoy some food and 2017 planning.

 I made the Pioneer Woman's Black Eyed Pea dip which we enjoyed with chips and sparkling cider.  I didn't really grow up eating black eyed peas on New Years, but I made this dip for the first time the first New Year we were married and we both really liked it, so I've made it again a few times.  I usually leave out the jalapenos and hot sauce and just use the black eyed peas, salsa, sour cream, and cheese.  So it's basically like a bean dip and a fun way to get in our black eyed peas for the New Year.

We also talked through Jennie Allen's Dream Guide together.  We've done this dream guide for 3 years now and really like it.  It's a good way to reflect on the past year and talk through areas of growth.  It's broken down into different areas of life (spiritual, relational, home, work, family, etc.) and it's a good way for us to set some goals for the new year.  

We aren't being too ambitious with our goals this year.  We are now less than 3 months from Cooper's due date, so we know that anything we set out to do will probably all get messed up with that change.  So we set a few goals to try to start implementing now and hopefully carry over once he's here--but our main goal for 2017 is to welcome Cooper and learn all about him together!

It was a low key start to what's sure to be a busy and crazy year.  Can't wait to see what all 2017 holds!

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