Good Riddence, 2008

I have never been so happy to ring in the new year. I was glad to see 2008 go. It wasn’t all bad, as Joe reminds me, but it’s filled with the sadness and frustration of infertility plus the loss of my first cat, so I’m definitely ready to move on. This year is going to be great. In just two months, we should be pregnant!

We had a low-key New Year’s Eve. We met Joe’s parents at their cabin in Blue Ridge, Ga., and headed out to the neighborhood where all their friends live for a party. There were fireworks and sparklers which were fun, but Joe and I didn’t stay long because my ankle and knee started acting up. I was in so much pain that I was close to tears. Joe’s dad dropped us off and headed back, and we got into our pj’s and relaxed.


About 30 minutes later, though, Joe’s parents showed up. It turns out that by the time Joe’s dad had gotten back, most of the people at the party had left and the rest were packing up. Joe’s mom said if she had realized the party was dead, she would have come back with us! So, instead of hanging out downstairs by ourselves, we all rang in the new year together and watched the ball drop online. That made me happy because I have never missed a year watching the ball drop, and I was bummed about missing it this year. To me, that is New Year’s Eve. And, of course, we broke out the party hats that Joe and I had brought.





The next day, we were all up relatively early considering we had stayed up until 1 a.m. (I can’t remember the last time I was up past 11 p.m.!). I relaxed in the living room with Twilight, my mil’s laptop and my leg propped up (per my mil’s orders!) while the boys made pretzels. It was entertaining to watch, and the pretzels were really good!

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new years

And Joe tried to impress me with his dance moves.

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new years

We had the traditional Southern New Year’s Day lunch: collard greens for money (I was actually telling Joe he needed to eat a lot of these when I fell and sprained my ankle during our hike), black-eyed peas and rice for luck, and meat. It was delicious. My mil’s such a great cook!

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And, no trip to the cabin is complete without a nap. It’s hard not to fall asleep because it’s just so relaxing.

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(Joe’s a little grumpy when he wakes up!)

So, how did you guys celebrate the new year, and what are you looking forward to in 2009?

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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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  1. Cristy says:

    Heeeyyyy…..Joe’s looking hot in that close up picture! I got your Christmas card. Super cute! Thanks!

  2. Owen says:

    Guys, I hope you have a great 2009. From our end, we’re hoping it will be great. We’re going for another round of infertility treatment (a frozen embryo transfer) in a couple of week. Our last treatment was a success (Arthur is 2 now), so hoping that luck runs into this next cycle too).

    I wish you the best of luck for your coming cycle, keep positive and always remember that it’s the love the two of you have for each other that makes it all possible.

  3. cady says:

    owen – thanks for the good wishes! i wish you guys luck too. was arthur the result of a fet?

  4. cady says:

    cristy – hehehe. 🙂 we got yours too! thanks!

  5. Julie says:

    Happy New Year! It looks like you had a wonderful time! I love your cabin, and it makes me miss ours so much!

  6. valmg says:

    I didn’t know there were specific foods to eat on New Years that meant certain things.
    I hope you have a great 2009.

  7. cady says:

    julie – happy new year to you too! i love my in-laws’ cabin. i’m so lucky they have it!

  8. cady says:

    valmg – i didn’t know that either until i married into joe’s family. i hope you have a great 2009 too!

  9. Connie says:

    It looks like you had more fun on New Year’s Day than New Year’s Eve. I miss having those kind of foods. I totally forgot about them for a few years now. Happy New Year and may all go well!

  10. cady says:

    connie – both days were fun!

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