Halfway Happy New Year

Does my post title make me seem less-than-thrilled about the New Year? On the contrary, we are quite excited about the adventures to come in 2013! Between weddings, baby, and a new family lake cabin to visit, there is much to look forward to this year. The “halfway there” just means I am officially more than halfway through this pregnancy. Only 4 months left of feeling like we kind of know what we’re doing.

This is where I would insert a cute belly bump photo of me, but no one has offered to take one. I guess I will have to take matters into my own hands get off my lazy butt and fetch the tripod one of these days when I’m looking half-decent.

This year, we rang in the New Year very quietly. We were on the sofa, trying our best to stay awake, and quietly making fun of the people standing in Times Square for hours on end. How can that possibly be fun?! There were fireworks in the neighborhood, right outside Estelle’s window. I’m still not sure how she didn’t wake up, but she managed to sleep through the ruckus.

While New Years Eve was very quiet, New Years day was our fun day. We went to our first ever Mummers parade. It was fantastically South Philly, and made even better by the fact that we were never far from a warm house, warm food, and a clean toilet. We usually travel for New Years, which is why this was our first Mummers parade, but that might need to change from here on out. It’s hard to describe the Mummers parade, but just imagine a drunken Philadelphia Mardi Gras.  It lasts for the better part of the day. There are string bands, comics, and fancy brigades. It’s a competition between Mummers clubs, and the most creative, choreographed, fancy club wins.  That’s enough of my outsider’s viewpoint, just look at our modest iPhone photos.

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I think those frog guys and gals won most drunk club this year, they  over stayed their grand stage “performance” by 20 minutes, oops. Who is that other cute little gal in our photos?! We met up with some friends at the parade, and they kindly had us over for hot drinks, hot food, and princess dress up games.

I hope your New Year celebrations were all you expected them to be! Are there any great big resolutions out there? We are keeping our 2013 goals very simple. Our first (family) goal is to keep track of our daily spending habits for the next 3 months. My second (personal) goal is to make more grits. Random! I have a stockpile of North Carolina stone ground grits, so why let them go to waste? We aim high here at Southfeasterdelphia. So far, so good. We’ve kept up with both of our goals. We enjoyed grits and poached egg sandwiches this past Saturday morning.

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The glitter New Years garland below was spotted at the old-timey Shane Confectionery. Today’s adventure requires a separate blog post, but this photo felt more at home in this New Years post.

New Years Wishes

Here’s to a Kick-Ass 2013!

Stephanie

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