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(2013) In Which We Ring in the New Gyro!

Each year we pick a country and learn all about it in preparation for our "trip" there on New Year's Eve.  We decorate, dress the part, feast on traditional food, listen to the music of that country, and play some sort of traditional games or sports.  Last year's visit to Mexico somehow resulted in the kids pretending they were donkeys and took turns giving each other please understand I use the term "traditional" somewhat loosely.  This year's celebration went like this:

Location: Ancient Greece

Costumes: Toga Party!

Menu: Gyros on homemade pitas with tzatziki, spanikopita, roasted lemon-garlic-oregano potatoes, Greek salad, baklava, and ryzogalo (greek rice pudding)

Music: Zorba the Greek Pandora station

Excitement Level: Very!

The feast was a total success.  By total success I mean everyone tried everything willingly and without any resistance at all.  That's kind of a huge deal---because spanikopita is not generally high on the list of things Lincoln is excited to eat.

After our feast, we prepared to participate in the Olympics! Wrestling was up first. Each kid got the chance to wrestle Seth Greco-Roman style. Luckily they think it's hilarious to get completely pummeled over and over again.

The next event was archery

Our last event was a very official game of ring toss. Also, you're welcome for the sneak peek at Oliver's bum. 

To conclude our festivities, we always end by lighting sparklers and counting down to the New Year (even if it is only 8 pm)

If you'll indulge me in a moment of reflection-- 2012 was an amazing year for us. Cooper joined our family, rifts were mended, memories were made, friendships were strengthened and above all we felt the love of God in our lives each and every day.  Each year of my life gets better and better, and I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings.  Happy New Year

Seth Malley