Zeek’s Pizza finally opened (a month or so late) a couple blocks from our house. The Carders and us went for an early (5 pm) dinner tonight. We talked about middle school decisions, Havana read a book, Hudson & Bowie and Eva & Iris did whatever they do, surprisingly quietly.
Then we went to Hello, Robin for cookies. The number of good places we can walk to in minutes is steadily increasing. #lovecapitolhill
Havana was at a birthday sleepover party, Chloe babysat Hudson, Eva and Bowie and Gay and I went out to Good Bar for dinner and then to karaoke at Venus Karaoke with the Stevens Tree Sale volunteers.
Thanks to doing more combinations of 15-, 20- and 30-minute rides plus 10-minute cool-down rides more often than single 45-minute rides, I did 100 rides and reached my 600th ride in just 65 days since ride 500. Ride counts have become less meaningful, I wish Peloton totaled something else like miles or kilojoules to better track my effort.
Gay decided on the eve of New Year’s Eve that she wanted to host a party. So she invited friends with the idea that we’d watch the East Coast celebrations (at 9pm our time) and end it.
Megan & Jon + Emmarie, Kevin & Rachel + Ava, Julian and Oscar, Matt, Deirdre & Patrick + Walter (dog), Marissa + Henry, another Megan & and her relatives and kids and some friends of friends showed up. 🥳
People stayed until 1am, the kids went to bed and the rest of us stayed up until 3am. Ouch, hangover Tuesday required more champagne for breakfast. 🥴 And then the Huskies lost in the Rose Bowl to the pompous Ohio State. 😒
Hudson’s Richard Sherman Fathead (4 years!) had to go since he is now a 49er. So he got a Russell Wilson for Christmas. Hudson, Eva and I put it up tonight.
Steve & Renuka hosted Christmas Eve dinner this year. Delicious prime rib, as usual, mashed potatoes, etc. Plus beer, wine and champagne, of course.
The kids politely waited until 7am to wake us up for presents. I got a 3D mouse, an acoustic guitar, cycling clothes. We all got pajamas and Yeti mugs and a Cornilleau ping pong table.
No white Christmas, much to Havana’s dismay – she must remember last year’s snow and assumed it always snowed for Christmas.
We had a rib roast for dinner, still in our pajamas and then watched Christmas Vacation – one of my favorite Christmas movies – before bed.
The next day, the Carders had us over for lefse and drinks – Kristin is Norwegian, like half of me. Eva and Iris made most of the lefse!
Eva spent the night there and Bowie spent the night at our house.
Then Eric & Sandi and Steve & Renuka and kids came over for dinner. Instead of cooking we got Chinese take-out.
The Steelers lost to the Saints in another close game, 31-28. The season started 1-1-1, including a tie with the lowly Browns, then they looked great during a 6-game winning streak followed by 3 straight losses to teams they should’ve beat. They beat the Patriots at least last week. Now they have to beat the Bengals and the Browns have to beat the Ravens for the Steelers to get into the playoffs. They’re so good but so flawed.
Surprisingly, the Seahawks are doing better and beat the super-powered Chiefs today, guaranteeing a playoff spot.
Eva and 5 friends – Iris, Fiona, Leona, Ohana and Poppy – wanted to go swimming. So we, Havana, Hudson, Bowie and Maddie trekked through Friday rush hour traffic to the pool at Mountlake Terrace Recreation Center.
Then we came home for pizza, cake and yet another viewing of The Bee Movie. Every slept over so we had 9 kids, which is a record, I believe.
Eva turned 8 today. We celebrated with dinner and cupcakes. She got a custom book, a squishie, and is our first kid to want (gasp!) Barbies. She discovered them at a friend’s house and really liked playing with them but was embarrassed and worried that Havana and Hudson would make fun of her. I was impressed that they kept their opinions to themselves.
She was born 8 years ago today.
We attended Havana’s recital in the gym at Meany. She started playing cello last year and has continued into 6th grade.