A good time was had by all (all being Maddie & I) at the annual Black Sheep Bags Holiday Party. Let me explain.
Each year Pete's company has a Christmas party -- when he worked at the company prior to his current one, they were extravagant, wild, free for alls (including exotic dancers for the men & women!) Spouses were never invited. It was a time for the employees to kick back and blow off steam or something. Don't get the wrong impression -- Pete is in finance, this was a commercial real estate company -- the owner was just a bit, um, interesting (maybe you've heard of him -- he is the current owner of the Chicago Trib and the Cubs too). Now Pete works at a straight laced bank and the parties are calmer, but spouses still aren't invited. So Maddie and I have our own party at home.
There was cookie making and decorating, and we watched Rudolph on TV while eating appetizers:
Yes, those are fish sticks -- Maddie insisted we have appetizers since it was a party -- and a fine dinner of mac & cheese from the box (a special treat for Maddie, not me) followed by card games -- Scrambled States 2 & good old fashioned Uno. (Those would be great stocking stuffers -- and I have to mention Wig Out! too which is a super fun card game!)
We ended the night by laying in bed reading, waiting for Pete to get home. It's a fun little tradition that I hope to continue for years to come.