2008 Rearview Mirror
Had fun with this last year and figured I'd once again compile some of the notable moments of the last 12 months in a single post. We actually included something of a written update in this year's holiday card, but Blogger offers much more generous space allocations than Apple printing, plus the ability to hyperlink, so here goes.
2008 was fun and active year during which we...
Enjoyed another January family vacation in Aruba, and became happily reacquainted with The Program
Celebrated Ava turning 5
And Madison turning 7
Made a fair amount of Sunday Sauce, and remembered our time at Rao's
Continued to search for the perfect pizza at home, and remembered Ed LaDou
Were extremely honored to have been chosen as one of Blogger's "blogs of note"
Expanded the family by one with the arrival of a beautiful hypo-allergenic kitten in March (Olive)
And hit the repeat button on that in July (Orly)
Found ourselves faced with a case of unexpectedly early heat
Got an eight-month jump on our Christmas List
Decided to share Ava's self portrait, and Madison's self description, with the world
Wound up in Washington, D.C. at the same time as the Cherry Blossoms
Found a new and ridiculously tasty way to enjoy tomatoes
Made another summer pilgrimage to Vermont
Rediscovered the best ice cream flavor in the world, and learned that the source of its key ingredient was in peril
Posted our favorite wild art photos
Had fun with all kinds of craft projects
Continued to watch Top Chef, and imagined a family function edition
Lost a few more teeth, and made sure the Tooth Fairy was fully informed
Contemplated the meaning of "Dad"
Worked with the girls, and a cool Web site, to compile a list of our favorite bedtime books
And, for the adults, our favorite picture shows
Were just as confused as everyone else by those Microsoft ads
Watched our second set of siblings get out their winter coats
Talked about the possibility of a girl president, which particularly intrigued Madison, but ultimately felt OK with the way things turned out
Got Mom to babysit so we could eat some Mexican food, drink some tequila, and see Oasis
Introduced the girls to Shea Stadium, moments before they started ripping the old place down
And, as I noted in last year's rearview mirror post, we did it all together, which is the most important thing. Thanks to everyone for stopping by this little corner of the World Wide Web in 2008, and here's wishing you and yours a great 2009...