And this is how it ended. A night that, for most, is loud, and hectic. This night, for us, went as smoothly as humanly possible...and for us it was perfect.
Our New Year's Eve plans had not been finalized until the morning of. We have a typical celebration location, which ended up being cancelled. There were other options. But, in our better judgement, we decided to "eat in."
Now this does not always work out as planned. We have tried on numerous occasions to save time and money by making our own dinner (different and special of course!) after our children are in bed, and simply being with one another.
But this night, a blessing was bestowed, and the unusual happened.
The children were all nestled in nicely as I prepared the usual suspects for an appetizer!
It was 9:00 p.m. and our stomachs were beginning to rumble. As Scott tucked the last in our eyes would connect and have a look of hope. "Would they really stay in bed?" I thought.
As Scott re-enters the kitchen we begin to talk. A calm conversation. Un-rushed. Relaxed and flowing as if we had just picked up a previous conversation. It was really, really nice. At about 9:30 p.m. we began preparing our Lemon Butter Sauce and boiling the water for the Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli.
We again caught each others eyes and began to discuss the miracle that no children had come out of their rooms or even made a sound! Seriously...this is a miracle! Our typical evening is not so mundane and simply put...is a long and tiring process.
On we went...chatting peacefully and preparing a dinner in which the aroma alone caused me to salivate! Bubbly was in our glasses and our conversation followed suit as we began laughing and having a wonderful time. It was after 10 p.m. before we began, but it was well worth the wait!
We rang in the New Year by sipping on our champagne and watching a movie snuggled up on our sofa.
Content with our evening and our connection.....what a sweet ending it was!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Written by Alicia Overby - Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears
Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn't seem to get comfortable.
After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for a subluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn't find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!
For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.