Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and fun 2014.  This last year went out with a bang, so much so that I never found the time to blog the last month of 2013.  We traveled to Houston for a long weekend and enjoyed watching the New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans, visited the Beer Can House, the absolutely terrible Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, NASA where we met very official people and took a small stroll in the underground tunnels of Houston.  The middle of the month our dear and beautiful friend and our amazing 23 month old niece came to visit us in Austin.  It was a blast and a moment that we will cherish forever.  Then Christmas, well the plans that I had for my husband, friends, and adopted family of dogs didn't go over so well as I was struck with the full-blown flu.  Next year!  

A very fond memory I have for celebrating New Year's is the many years that we celebrated at my Gramma and Paw-Paw's house in Illinois.  Every year Gramma and Paw-Paw made a very big deal of the New Year for us by getting Pizza, Mountain Dew, board games and puzzles to celebrate the occasion.  We had so much fun that even my Aunts would come from time to time to enjoy it with us.  Now I know, that in 2014 that may not sound to some like a blast of a celebration but from 1983 to 1997 it was amazing.  I believe that they had a bit of a similar celebration again this New Year's Eve at my 80 year old grandmother's house.

Beer Can House created by John Milkovisch

At the NASA Natural Buoyancy Laboratory
Sitting in the Historic Mission Control Room with David L. Cisco
With Angela O'

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