Happy New Year! We rang in the new year in a gas station parking lot. Despite the way it sounds, it was actually really romantic! Joshua decided he wanted to take a road trip. We do things like this sometimes- pack a bag with no idea where we're headed to. We hopped in the car right around Benjamin's bed time which worked out really well- he slept the whole time we were in the car. We ended up in one of our favorite cities- Portland! The next morning we took a stroll downtown and of course wound up in Powell's. We've been there as a family a couple of times now and it's become a little tradition for each one of the three of us to pick out a book (or 2 or 3!). Amongst other things, we ended up with 3 books on various kinds of crafting. One of the books Josh picked out for me is a crafting journal with a challenge to create something every day for an entire year. Josh and I decided to give it a whirl together. Check out our progress at:
Anyway, about the parking lot? We were on the road heading home around midnight with Benjer snoozing in the back. Neither one of us was expecting to ring in the new year on the freeway, so Josh pulled over just before midnight so we could get out of the car for a proper new year's kiss. The fireworks were a nice touch too. We spent the first few hours of this year talking together. Although I sincerely appreciate the comfortable silences between us at appropriate times, I also love the fact that we never seem to run out of things to talk about. Joshua is insightful and hilarious and we have a great time talking and laughing together. I'm looking forward to the adventures the next year brings!