Our children decided when they had their children, that each family should be at their own home for Christmas. This, I am sure, is in response to all those years we went to grandparents’ homes in Virginia and Maryland. Another time, place, and tradition. Our children wanted to get together over this time of celebration, so they began alternating New Year’s visits. This time was the celebration in Skaneateles at Christian’s home. It was snowy and cold in Central New York, but also in Troy. Thankfully the drive was doable and we arrived safely.
Here are Christian and the newest member of their family, Chewbacca, an 8 week old Miniature Labradoodle. He is going to stay very small at 20 pounds full grown and the most important characteristic is that he is hypoallergenic. There are lots of allergies in all our families and there were no itchy eyes or sneezing over the visit.
The Skaneatles Bells had plan an Olympic like event for the big night.
Violet modeling the hats and horns.
Parker and Violet with the remains of Pictionary entries.
Grace flipping small water bottle to try and have them stand at the end.
Decorated brownies with winners in many categories from “Most colorful ” in ages 6-7 to “Most Creative” for ages 14-15!
The creative process of decorating the brownies.
Finally a big smile ! Parker with his house of cards covered with pennies !
Chewie got the most snuggles and kisses as the New Year began. The adults had small glasses of champagne and the children had sparking grape juice. This model of New Year’s had been celebrated in 2015 but we were on our way to India.What fun it was to be there this year. I am so thankful for my children, the parents and partners they are in their families, and those precious grandchildren , are the joy of my heart!
Happy New Year !
This is not Chewie but is how Chris chose his puppy on line. The woman from whom they bought their dog had three litters congruently. Serious business this puppy business!