Although it is the 4th day of January, it feels to me like the year really begins tomorrow. I've been on vacation since Christmas Eve and tomorrow I go back to work. The holidays are officially over, however the Christmas decorations still need to be put in the attic. They currently sit in storage bins in the living room, waiting for someone to shimmy up into the attic and put them to rest for another year.
Meanwhile, there is homemade chili cooking on the stove, cornbread in the oven and the hot tub is being re-filled in the hopes that tomorrow we can relax with hot, bubbly water all around us. Payton doesn't start school until Tuesday for some reason and Darren goes back tomorrow however, he is doing a photography class for the next 4 weeks so it isn't real classwork.
Dan is planning a mini-high school reunion type of thing at Britannia Arms in Cupertino on Feb 7th. Just a few folks who connected on Facebook and are just doing a locals thing. He's never been to any of his class reunions, so this could be fun!
As I look forward into 2009 there is a bunch going on. In the next month we will have 3 house guests. First, Dan's Mom is coming in from Hawaii for his birthday, then his sister from Washington will come down for the weekend and shortly thereafter, my Mom will come down for a couple of days from Grass Valley.
In March, Dan and I will both make trips to Scottsdale AZ, although not at the same time. I will be going on business and Dan for his annual trip to spring training with the guys. In May, Dan and I hope to take a trip to Vegas to see Dave Matthews at the MGM grand with some friends. We'll find out if we got tickets in a couple of weeks. Then, at the very end of May, Payton will be graduating from high school and then in June he'll go on a trip to Hawaii with 35 other recent grads for 8 days and nights on Waikiki Beach. Life's a bitch.
We are trying to plan a family trip to Hawaii also, but are hoping to piggy back it on to Payton's trip so that we don't have to pay for 2 flights for Payton. There will also be a few trips to Washington, at least for Dan to spend time with his Dad and the rest of the family.
So there is the first 1/2 of the year. Oh, and then there is work.