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  • Mmmmmmmmmmh. Norwegian cookies. I know a thing or two about that. I think portly dad deserves his jacket now. Hurry up.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to the both of you. I mean, everybody chez Kay.

  • Holiday Family Flurries are the best- what fun around your place… Happy New Year!

  • Oh happiness! You guys made my sniffling sneezing otherwise miserable day….

  • For Pete’s sake: Will you stop it, already? I can’t laugh this early in the morning; I’m too grumpy. But you did it. A grumpy laugh, sure — but a laugh nonetheless. You’re precious. (and not in that sickening-sweet kind of way, either!)

  • Family Christmas fun… never a dull moment. I am happily dreaming of many dull New Year’s moments, because I intend to do nothing but knit and watch movies and knit ALL WEEKEND. The kids might be able to talk me into a board game, as long as I can KNIT. I MIGHT send out my Christmas, oops New Years cards.
    You are so right about the Sprite Kay. It is still a big treat around here. In the same spirit, it occurs to me that if I’d known what an effective bagaining chip/discipline tool a Gameboy Advance was, I might have caved on that one sooner.
    JAMIE! What a beauty. I’m so happy for Lis. Check your email, I’m forwarding something to you, for Lis.

  • Hi Kay! I’m over here across town wi-fi-ing my little heart out, reading about me being in your apartment. Weeeeyurrrrrrd. I’ll be over there in a minute.
    Marzipan pigs and Jamie. Doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Do you think if I post about Norwegian marzipan pigs and the very beautiful Jamie that Ann might appear in my living room like magic?
    That is soo cool!
    Merry holidays,

  • Love the whole post, especially the surprise ending. Nicely played!
    The only part I am dreading is in a couple of days, the “here are all the yarn shops Kay and Ann visited in NYC” post. This will fill me with jealousy for yarn shopping cameraderie and I will be forced to go buy yarn to appease myself.
    Sigh. If you know BEFORE New Year’s that you’re going to break a resolution by the end of the first week of the year, should you really even bother to make it?

  • merry merry merry to you both!
    the only thing that will save the last-day-in-the-office-before-friday-off-for-new-years-eve is knitting. and since i’ve already been busted for knitting at my desk once this week (oops), mason-dixon marzipan pigs shall be a loverly substitute.

  • About 10 years ago, we were on the covered wagon train to Nashville for Christmas when Wilson developed a fever and “I don’t feel so good.” We pulled off at an exit at the Pennsylvania/Maryland border (M-D line) and found the perfect place to spend 2 days with acute stomach stuff: a Super 8 motel with a laundromat and a Subway next door.
    The front desk rustled up a VCR and some tapes. The housekeeping staff came and took away soiled linens and replaced them as needed.
    I recommend this to anyone faced with a similar situation. Check in to the Motel 6. Pretend you are Just Traveling Through. Get to the fambly holiday 2 days late.

  • Lovely post ! All of it. ;-]
    Particularly like the ”threwn up” part – poor hubby,but I really laughed.
    Great pic of the pretty Jamie.Ah,the limpet years.Sigh.

  • Kay, you are KILLIN’ me over here. Almost literally, I was laughing so hard I inhaled an m&m (a holiday colored one…don’t they all need to be eaten by New Years Eve???) and promptly started choking. Would you have come with me to the ER?
    Husband offered following advice : “I’ve told you NOT to eat when reading Ann and Kay…” Who knew he even knew your name?
    Happy New Years!

  • great post — i’m so glad for the happy ending. those are some treats! a very happy new year to you all!

  • I’m so impressed with your husband’s ingenuity. Playing the sick child card – now why did I never think of that ? Of course the down side was the actual sick child. Hope he’s better now !
    I sometimes e-mail people at the next desk, never mind in the next room – tho’ for me that’s just so I don’t have to talk to them. I somehow think it’s not the same for you and Ann ?? :0)

  • …. i hate to admit that i had to chuckle over the woopsing part….except that it’s not one bit funny!…sorry for everyone involved!… one unfortunate episode was my once 5 year old woopsing into the glove compartment of my friend’s brand spanking new pure white volvo…. embarassing moment….horrors….

  • It was a rather sickly Christmas in Omaha this year. The three of the Kansas entourage all ended up sick for the trip home. But the whole Joseph thing reminded me of our very similiar experience when Kay’s niece, b-ball girl, had a similiar experience on the flight home from Aunt Kay’s wedding at age four. It is an experience she (and her parents) remember all too well. Poor Joseph will probably be hearing this “remember when” story when he is a 17 year-old too. And, hey, I’m sure our NY relatives were sorry they didn’t get to make a return trip to the lovely rural life of south-central Kansas.
    They probably just want to hang onto those life-altering memories of last year!

  • Everything about this post makes me smile.
    Happy New Year, you two!

  • How good to know that the two of you are together as the universe plots against you.
    Happy New Year to you and yours…

  • What a wonderful way to ring in the new year…Ann and Kay, together!! Have fun ladies, happy healthy new year wishes!