“I love AIC soooooo much! I never before had a family like this”
Decorated in squiggly hearts and flowers and scrawled anonymously on the whiteboard in the little kids’ study room, the words above made me smile when I saw them last week.
We made batch after batch of cookies – molasses spice cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate cereal cookies (I’m not sure what the official name for these is) – and banana muffins with red and green sprinkles on top in our lovely oven! Previously, we’ve baked in the tiny toaster oven, but now we have a real oven to use, thanks to a wonderful family that donated it when they left Pune. We finally managed to get the oven set up and working just in time for some inaugural Christmas cookies!
This year’s holidays had even stronger undertones of family and togetherness than I can remember in years past. Maybe it’s because with every year that passes, we’ve all been together for that much longer, or maybe it’s because we made a concerted effort this year to underschedule our time in anticipation of the kids’ school holiday so that we could do more things together at home. Whatever it was, it was perfect. And listening to everyone go around the fire circle on New Year’s Eve, sharing their favorite memories from 2010 – laughing, remembering, chiming in – reminds me how far we have all come, together, as a family.
Up next: The AIC family resolutions for 2011!