we ended up having a mini party at our house at the very very very last minute. originally, we told people we were going to have a real party, but then i was simply exhausted after hosting christmas and completely out of steam, so j told our friends we weren't going to have anything after all. however, yesterday i felt full of energy, and really wanted to see people, so we asked our friends to stop by. luckily, nobody had huge plans - just dinner out - so they stopped by after dinner. z and s got to stay up extra late watching movies & tv. i sat and watched "elf" with them - they were so cute! s was definitely ready for bed by the time the movie was over, just a little past 10pm.
today, we bought an oven! a double oven, to be precise. it will arrive through the mail at some point. yay! no more using the portable turkey roaster for baking! hurray for roasted vegetables again!