We all headed to bed early, thoroughly exhausted from many a holiday family gathering and relatives staying over. Baby happened to wake up just before midnight, dishing out hugs and kisses for us and the pups. She and I shared a late-night snack and rocked by the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree for a good long while before heading back to bed. Such a gentle and peaceful way to begin a new year. I'm trying to hold onto that state of mind. Gentle. Peaceful.