Mallaika poses next to her new recycling trash truck in her Christmas red princess gown. They will leave for Massachusetts in just a couple of hours and leave a big hole in my heart. The days have been filled with family, fun, and food and left me with no time or energy for blogging. They arrived New Year's Eve at around 10:15 P.M. and the house has been full of friends and family ever since -- staying up late and sleeping late. Saturday we invited people over for soup (and ate Amanda's home made bread). Rachel and Kevin came down from KC for the weekend. Much of the time was spent (by Nichole) assembling the major parts of a 2,000 piece puzzle. Let's see if it awaits her touch when she next visits, or if we will manage to finish it without her. We played silly word games and laughed till it hurt. The guys played poker -- it's amazing to realize that Ben and Logan have become part of "the guys."
I love having my house full of people. It's going to be a very dull and quiet January. The weather looks good for Tom, Nichole, and Mallaika's drive home. It was 80 degrees yesterday and its fifty degrees cooler today, but nothing seems to be falling from the sky between here and Massachusetts.