Sunday, January 3, 2016

Closing Out 2015

Two dads and two sons
One of our family traditions for many years has been a special meal to celebrate the New Year. Each of us chooses two favorite foods and we have a buffet of diverse delights. In the early years, Laurie would cook almost everything, but we switched to ordering in after "the year of frying everything" (which included onion rings, potato latkes, chicken cutlets and other things I don't recall). Though we used to do it every year on New Year's Day, we've gotten more flexible in recent years. Case in point, our 2015/16 meal was a New Year's Eve lunch.

Alex closed out 2015 with a haircut (plus a lollipop and a visit to McDonalds)
This year, Alex got to add his favorites -- he picked crab and ice cream -- to a menu that included fried chicken, sushi, pizza, palak paneer, pork lo mein, and a dessert platter. Nobody left the table hungry.
As always, there were lots of hugs for Papa

Alex spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with Papa, Grandma and Aunt Sammi, so that Chuck and Rebecca could attend a party and sleep in the next morning. As usual, the little dynamo kept the three of us busy. And since he is an early bird -- he was awake at 5:00 a.m. -- none of us was awake to see the ball drop at Times Square.

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