Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve

Yesterday didn't turn out the way I'd planned. My sister's family got sick so our Christmas celebration had to be rescheduled. Of course, we were also planning to celebrate birthdays that night with dinner out. That meant some scrambling on my part to put together a birthday for my hubby.

I asked him to take our son to speech therapy so I could have a couple of hours to plan something. While he was gone, I baked his favorite kind of cake...devil's food chocolate. I wrapped his gifts and came up with a plan for his birthday. So that evening we drove to Portland to visit the Grotto and see the lights, puppet show, petting zoo and music performances. After that we went to the Laurelwood brewpub for dinner. We hadn't been out to eat like that in over a month so it was a nice treat and they brew great beer there so a nice treat for my hubby. We went home for cake and presents. A really nice birthday!

Today I'm blogging at The Wedding Planners. I also posted on the JanNoWriMo blog.

I'll be preparing for tomorrow's kick off of an intense writing month (aka JaNoWriMo), finishing work on our budget and menu, setting up our envelope system and getting caught up on a few things that need to be done. Tonight will be pretty mellow. I hope to talk hubby into taking the kids to either Zoolights or Portland International Raceway to see the lights. It's the last night for both. Then we'll use the east coast's countdown at 9 o'clock our time to usher in the new year with them. I've got sparkling cider and a box with hats, tiaras, leis and noisemakers to open.

Do you have special plans for tonight?


Amy said...

What a nice dinner!

When we lived in that area, we used to visit the Grotto every year because it was just a few minutes from us. I'd totally forgotten until you mentioned it!

No big plans tonight. We just try to stay awake longer than the kids. We never do, but every year we try.

Brandy said...

No big plans here either. We'll watch the ball drop and have sparkling cider. For today, paying taxes on my jeep and Mass. *G*
Sounds like y'all had a fun evening.

I hope you have a fabulous New Year's Eve!

Dru said...

No plans at all, but I do hope to still be awake when 2009 arrives.

Your dinner sounds wonderful and I'm glad hubby had a good time.

catslady said...

How nice you were able to get something together for your husband!

We do movies and dinner with my husband's side of the family along with my two kids and their signifcant others. Then a toast of champagne whatever time it all ends.

limecello said...

Awe- that's so nice, Melissa -it does sound like a great birthday :)

Tonight... just a quiet night home, watching the ball drop. I'm on EST, so that's one good thing :D

Jane said...

We'll be home watching the ball drop on tv. We'll probably have some champagne.

Virginia said...

No plans at all, just hanging out at home doing some reading.

Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Rottie_mom said...

Sounds like a nice evening overall. Happy New Year.