The thing you need to know about the Foleys: They love celebrations. They make the most of significant days with food, fun, and family traditions - so many that it almost makes your head spin trying to keep up with them all! They even celebrate Pi day on 3-14 every year (they have Pi decorations and even a Pi pizza cutter - get it? A Pi cutter?) My kind of geeks.
So New Years Eve was filled with eating at our favorite Anneville/Hershey restaurants, then preparing food for the New Year celebration. Mark hand-made sushi - our favorite was the "Folsen Roll," which combined ingredients both families love - shrimp, Mexican spices, and peppers. It was like a little fajita all rolled up into one mouth-watering piece. We all pitched in and made everything from 7 layer taco dip to stuffed mushrooms, to buffalo dip. We like to EAT.
Mark also made a "Chik-Fil-A" roll. Backstory: There are no Chik-Fil-A's to speak of in Pennsylvania so our guilty love of CFA is a little curious to the Foleys (I think...). I was texting Mark from a Chik-Fil-A in Arkansas when the woman in front of me in line told the manager that she loved this CFA location because it (and I quote): "Oozes Jesus." Having no idea how on earth a fried chicken place could ooze much of anything except diabetes, I quoted her to Mark. We have been making jokes ever since about things "oozing Jesus." To commemorate this, Mark Foley presents: The Chik-Fil-A roll.
We also realized it was the first time our family had been in the Eastern Time Zone for New Years, so it would be our first time to see Dick Clark and the Times Square ball drop live. Fun New Years for everyone and we went to bed late, exhausted, and full. It was great to be able to spend New Years Eve with friends, even though we had traveled so far from family. Happy 2012 everyone!