Two years ago tonight, I was up in wine country with a bunch of friends, staying at a beautiful house along the Russian River, drinking wine, eating delicious meals, and makin’ babies. Well… Turns out I actually only made one baby to be specific, but the point is I literally conceived on New Year’s eve (or New Year’s day…. it was a lucky 24 hours for my husband and I).  Now, we’re  back up in wine country, with the same group of friends and a couple of additions to the group — the scenery is still stunning, the wine is still delicious, and the food is still making me fat (and for sure committing to a diet on Monday).  The only change: babies. Children. Toddlers. Three momma loving, snack loving, Elmo loving kiddies along for the ride. 
Being here with Baby-Ko and his two pals “Addie” and “Addie” (both different names, and different sex actually) definitely makes the moments of wanting to pull my hair out when Baby-Ko is having a meltdown more tolerable. It’s certainly not the same trip we take year after year, after all- babies at winery isn’t what I would call “relaxing,” but it’s definitely fun. And chaotic. And sweet. And I’m sure the best form of birth control our single friends with us could ever ask for….


Tonight as I put Baby-Ko to sleep, I told him about what an amazing year 2007 was because it was the year he was born and I fell in love. I told him that 2008 was even better because I watched him turn from an infant to a little man right before my eyes and then I really fell in love. I told him that we had so many exciting things in store for him 2009… turning two, a new president, a new doggy (not really, but I said it because it’s fun to hear him say “dAH-gee”).  I said “Happy New Year” over and over and finally, he said “Hay-nee,” which I can only assume is his brilliant rendition of Happy New Year. It was a wonderful way to say ‘night-‘night…. and go join my friends upstairs for an adult beverage…

This has been one hell of a year and I am so looking forward to an even happier, healthier, and sweeter New Year. Best wishes to all.  
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