It's just another new year's eve

.. but this one is special to us.  It’s the first one Alan’s Mom is spending in our home, and the last for my Mom after two previous New Year’s here.  =(  It’s also the first Christmas which, as Alan aptly put it, we don’t have to put up with appearances for the sake of celebrating one New Year’s celebration with the rest of the family we used to know, half of which has decided they didn’t want to be part of this family anymore.

We’re making the most of it.  I’m grabbing some fillet mignons from the butcher’s shop nearby, (I might make some lasagna, )macaroni salad, roasted potatoes, alongside the usual ham and queso de bola.  Tomorrow, my Mom’s making some kare-kare.  We already have her signature leche flan in the fridge, my mother-in-law’s making some fruit tarts, and we’re all set.  We still have some cheese from Paris and some grapes for the hors d’oeuvres, although I’m tempted to grab some fancy ones to bake and heat in the oven.

2006 has been quite a jolting year to us but we are looking forward to a fresh start in 2007.  It’s another year ahead we are looking forward to with an optimistic outlook.  Despite the challenges presented by the previous year, we have successfully hurdled it and have come out stronger. 

I always start the new year with a positive attitude.  I always tell myself, it will always be a better year.