Ruth Ayres started this Celebrate each week to encourage thinking about the celebrations in every day life. This sure has been a week full!
It's been the longest winter break I can ever remember (16 days) and that alone should be (and is) sixteen (16) reasons to celebrate.
The days have been filled with cooking, eating and celebrating with family, including the cousins and friends (4) who will soon return to college. There were also cousins (2) who will soon be back to basketball, winter track (1), coaching (1) or to work (12). They all made time to gather and celebrate New Year's Day with the family.
In total, there were twenty eight (28) people who gathered around the counter at some point on New year's Day to watch cousins (2) prepare a fresh octopus salad. Like paparazzi, they took photos of the preparation before they devoured every tentacle (8)!
The days and evenings of this long winter break have been filled with visitors who were willing to step out of their day to day lives to spend some time on our mountain. There have been some wonderful dinners, great conversations, and some game-playing including John Deere Monopoly and Scrabble. I've lost a few rounds of Scrabble (2), but I've won a few (2), too! Amazingly, Twister, that old classic from the '60's was the "hit" of the season with participants of all ages (5 to 50)!
I've eaten too much, slept plenty, enjoyed the banter, and begun this New Year with joy in my heart. When you stop to think about your life, there sure is a lot to celebrate!