We had our Chanukah party last weekend. I must say it was one of the best to date. Tracy (and Rudy, Rudy, Rudy), Christian, and Kim and Al brought their kids. They're so grown up! Hard to believe that at the first Chanukah party they were too little to spin a dreidel. David and Joy Joy, my next door family, were there...and I must say Joy Joy, you looked beautiful! Ardie whipped up his delicious latkes again. Mel was supposed to come with his girls, Rachel and the "Other Peanut". I'm calling his eldest the "Other Peanut" because she has the same first name as my Peanut...and I try and keep her name off this blog. Unfortunately Mel's back went out on Friday. It was really bad this time and the pain medication caused a migraine. Double whammy for him, and I'm at least thankful that he was able to make the office party on Sunday.
Mimi and Paw Paw arrived with food in hand. I love that they participate in this part of Peanut's life. Uncle Brio also showed up with Sprout (Boop stayed home with Aunt Tracy) and Robert D and Michelle were there for about 15 minutes. That's about all I can hope for, so I was actually pretty pleased that they came. Michelle has never seen our home.
We had some new guests this year. Peanut has two classmates (twins) who are Jewish. She had a play date with the girl a few weeks ago and I had the chance to meet their dad and his family when I dropped the friend back home. We were introduced to Sue and Brad at that time, and I had a chance to get to know them better at the twins' Chanukah party the night before ours...so I invited them as well. Peanut had one more classmate that we invited...her mom, Lisa, is one of my favorite new school mommy friends. She is so friendly and genuine. Erin and Lori from my Thursday night group were also there.
I think we had close to 30 people this year! I need a bigger house!
The line for the latkes was out the door! Not really, but they were scarfed down almost as quickly as they were served. Friends/family came and went and the kids really enjoyed playing dreidel and Chanukah Bingo.
Lori, Sue and Brad stayed later with their kids and we had some nice time winding down. Lori's daughter is 14 and decided Peanut needed to organize her room and the Princess Closet. They had a blast together. Peanut loves older girls...I was the same way at her age.
Despite being disappointed Mel couldn't make it with his daughters it was a great party and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. There was just enough food and wine, and I was surrounded by great people.
I didn't think we could top last year's party, it was quite magical...but if you were to ask me which was my favorite, I'd have to say, "The fifth one."
"That's not gimel, it's nun...so you get none!"
"I'm making them as fast as I can!"
Notice the football game on the tv in the background
Tracy and Rudy, Rudy, Rudy....awesome!
David and Joy Joy, my next door family
Never too young to start playing dreidel...
just don't eat it
Peanut's friends enjoyed dressing up
Yes, Peanut is wearing the same costume as last year...
though she started out in a something different
I do not like this photo of me...
that's why it's at the bottom