Happy New Year!

The week in South Carolina flew by. We did a little bit of everything. We played Settlers, Ticket to Ride, Phase 10, and Rook. The guys golfed once. The women shopped. Tim and I, left alone with the kids one afternoon, went to the zoo for an hour. We made homemade pizzas. We took a family portrait. We launched rockets at Meadowfield and spent lots of time playing outside. We fought a little bit, and laughed a lot.

Last night, New Years Eve, was deliciously uneventful. It was 70 degrees in the late afternoon so Christopher and I ran our kids ragged at the park. We fed them mac & cheese while my Mom made salmon, potatoes, and salad. We put our kids to bed and watched the Chick-Fil-A bowl. I went to bed at 10, which was a good thing because Ben was up at 5:30 a.m. So wrong. I took him until 7:30, then went back to bed until 9:30 while Christopher was on duty.

At one o’clock we went to Olivia and Chris’ for New Years’ dinner. I made sure to eat my collards and black eyed peas, and we also had barbecue (West coast translation: pulled pork with mustard-based sauce), hash, rice, potato salad, pickled okra and beets. Olivia made key lime pie and pistachio cake for dessert and it was amazing. We sat around and chatted and watched football. Christopher left for Atlanta after dessert. Mom and I started to drive Caitlin to Charlotte, then turned back to Columbia when we checked her flight and it was cancelled. Thankfully, Delta is flying her out of Columbia in the morning.

We got home in time to watch most of the Rose Bowl. Go TCU! We ended the day watching home movies, a Carroll tradition.

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