Today we made Vasalopita, Greek New Year's Bread. Jack and Tor helped this year just like they did last year. I used my mom's recipe and I thought of her the whole time. I used to make it with my Yiayia and my mom when I was growing up and then just with my mom.
New Years is a pretty big deal in the Greek culture and Vasilopita plays a really big part in it. At one point today something went amiss and I wanted to call my mom to ask her how to fix it. I told Brian who was watching us and holding Liv and Jack answered, "But you can't call her because your fingers are covered in dough, right?" Funny. I fixed it myself though. She did teach me how to cook well :). She was an excellent cook, so was my Yiayia.
Christmas was hard this year too without my Mom. It was Liv's first Christmas so that made it really nice though. Everything this year was bittersweet -- like dark chocolate, which my mom loved and I don't like at all :). Thank God I had Liv. She made this year so much better. The boys and Brian did too of course but Liv being born shortly after my mom died really shifted my focus in a good way.