Last Friday we all went to Jersey to spend time with my family until new years. We had a lot of fun! I enjoyed reconnecting with each of my sisters, the girls where of course being spoiled by everyone and we all just had a great time and mom's great food too! yesterday we decided to leave and get on the road before all the traffic started. The trip back to VA wasn't bad at all as was the trip going to Jersey. It took us about three and half hours to get home and it was such a relief because my little little monsterette was crying most of the trip and I was on the verge of having a break down. Breath breath it was only new years day... As I got out the car and approached the front door I found a gift bag on the front steps. Hubby picked it up and took it inside and with it was a card. It was from our next door neighbors wishing us a happy new year. I thought it was so sweet of them and it was really nice to have something at the door when you least expect it. The bag included the card, a pack of chocolates, and a bottle of sparkling cider. I thought that this was such a thoughtful gift. It's simple you may think but actually a lot of thought went into this gift. I know that because as Muslims we don't drink any alcohol and also eat no pork. Believe me we had pork given to us by people that should have known better, and we've been offered alcohol on many occasions as well. So having an alcohol-free bottle of cider at my door says to me "we know you" "we thought about what to give you" and to me that's the best gift ever. Thank you dear neighbor for being a neighbor with all that that word means and implies. Happy New Year!