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Happy New Years: Indulging the Children

We spent a fabulous New Years at my parents Full Circle ranch. And for the first time I indulged my children and allowed them to stay up until midnight, not Eastern time you cheaters out there! Actually they made it until 11:55 pm....it seemed torture to keep them up even a minute longer.

I spent the evening listening to my poor baby awaken every 30 minutes or so to his cousins shrieking Peter Pan lines... (Charlotte wondered if there were ear plugs for monitors so only parents have the pleasure of listening to their children cry...hmmm)a lengthy game of speed scrabble...an engrossing read of several chapters in The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve...(Extremely enlightening. I highly recommend this to anyone understand our current monetary/economic system. Extremely disturbing.)...fondue (a family tradition) and a discussion on pressure cookers. To sum it up...I live a wild life.

The children spent the evening running around crazy with their cousins...gaily dancing and banging pots at a fire...rapturously enjoying fondue....and cheerfully submitting to bed time at 11:55. The camera was a desperate attempt at a "flashlight" to pacify Callista, do you think she looks tired?I may have to rethink next year...

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