Last night, we all planned to stay up and welcome the new year.Â After watching a Japanese variety showÂ totally in Japanese for hours everyone was falling asleep.Â At midnight Rick and I were the only ones awake.Â We didn’t drink our sparking juice or even use our confetti poppers.Â So, this morning we decided to celebrate.Â Â We ate waffles and decided to watch a movie.Â Hopefully, family members will know exactly what movie we watched by seeing the picture of Allyson and Kristina (unfortunately it didn’t come in Izzie’s size).
When our family lived in Saudi Arabia my mom recorded the movie “Better Off Dead” and mailed it to us.Â For some reason our family really enjoyed it and has watched often over the years.Â It stars John Cusack and is just a pretty stupid movie.Â Over the years, lines from the movie have become part of our conversation, “You’re a fine little helper, what’s your name?”Â In the movie the mother wears a reindeer hat on Christmas morning.Â
A few weeks ago I was shopping for items for my seminary auction at a huge store called Don Quixote.Â ThisÂ store is mostly full of junkÂ with a few useful items.Â I saw the reindeer hats right off and bought one for the auction.Â The Bishop who acted as our auctioneer even modeled it.Â It was the hottest item.Â Johnnie, theÂ young manÂ with the most money at the auction didn’t bid on anything until the hat came up.Â I think he was worried that he might need to use all his money to buy it.Â Rick suggested that the girls might enjoy them and so i went back and bought two more.Â They wore them for the whole movie.Â Â Family traditions live on and become enhanced.Â I am sure that we have not seen the last of the reindeer hats.
Happy New Year!
P.S. We did watch another family favorite on Christmas Eve, just like we have for years, “Muppet Christmas Carol”.