"Well, this is an auspicious start to the new year..."

…and a Happy New Year!

Our family always held a big reunion every New Year’s Day. It was a pot-luck affair and our many extended relatives brought all the favorite family recipes. Some of them were a bit too sophisticated for the oh-so-sensitive stomach of my younger self, to tell you the truth. It took me a long time to develop a taste for spiced, boiled pork, for instance. (Otherwise known as cretons or corton.)

The family heads out to the reunion

"Daddy, I don't feel good..."

"Aww... what's the matter, Nicki? Are you getting carsick?"

"Just think about the yummy food that will be at the party!"

"Mince meat pies... corton..." "Stop..."

"...shrimp dip..."


"EW! EW! She puked! Ugh, uht... uhht! HORK!"

"Well, this is an auspicious start to the new year..."





29 responses to “…and a Happy New Year!”

  1. Jim Avatar

    This is hilarious!

    At least you made room for morton corton ;)

    Cant wait to see your adventures in the new year.

  2. sannekurz Avatar

    Reminds me our family trips…we’ll take off on the 2nd of January this time. Amazing unanimated animation as usually! thanks for sharing!

  3. The Smart Cookie Cook Avatar

    I love your posts! They’re so funny. I only have one sister, and yet I can relate to a lot of your posts. I absolutely love your cut-out artwork too. Such a creative concept. Keep it coming!

  4. Balsillie & Associates Avatar


  5. Snoring Dog Studio Avatar
    Snoring Dog Studio

    Hilarious and so very cute!

  6. Miranda Gargasz Avatar
    Miranda Gargasz

    I hope this year is not so barfy for you! Best wishes!

  7. Irene Avatar

    Brilliant!! Loved it! We had very many a trip like this one, though it was always my older sister who couldn’t take any car, boat, plane, train trip without getting sick! hehehehe … (there are four girls in my family!) Happy New Year!

  8. Jaki Belanger Avatar
    Jaki Belanger

    I couldn’t stop laughing, after the first year of barfing in their hats it became tradition!

  9. whatimeant2say Avatar

    I love the hats, the “My Child is an Honor Student” sticker, the face slowly getting greener – everything! Great job!

  10. Naomi Baltuck Avatar

    Great artwork. Great storytelling. I look forward to the next!

  11. Alua Avatar

    heh )) I liked the barf “shot” angle :)

  12. My Wife Doesn't Think I'm Funny Avatar

    Throwing up in the car is a family tradition. Let it live on forever!

  13. Granny Avatar

    What a sense of humor! Just plain enjoyable. You must have so much fun putting these scenes together. Do you sometimes tell stories about your life? I have a hunch you are a pretty good story teller. Thanks for the laughs and candid thoughts about life. Have a fantastic New Year.

  14. publikworks Avatar

    The bumper sticker is brilliant, truly. Your posts are awesome. Always.

  15. Angie Z. Avatar

    Oh I love it. Oh it hurts my stomach but I love it. The hats, the bumper sticker…you’ve outdone yourself this time. I wish I could steal your talent and steal my husband’s childhood story and do one of my own about the time he barfed into a Dairy Queen dilly bar freezer case. Together we could rule the universe.

  16. jell jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown Avatar

    There are so many details I love about your scenes. I find myself looking at them over and over. I had to make models in school, and sometimes things like a bas relief. So I can appreciate the time it takes to to cut out tiny little bits just for a moment’s notice, if anyone noticed at all. Rest assured, I’m noticing.

  17. asoulwalker Avatar

    “My Child is an Honor Student.” Priceless.

  18. Christine Avatar

    An auspicious start indeed. So many memories of my own childhood (two girls and two boys). Priceless.

  19. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    Lol! Brilliant!Great details!

  20. Jasmine Avatar

    You even make barf look cute ;) Great job!

  21. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    How is it possible to make some felt cut-outs come alive so brilliantly? And the girls are recognizable from post to post.

    Brilliant in its simplicity.


  22. riatarded Avatar

    ewww….. Happy New Year :P

  23. Rae Avatar

    I was always the kid who got carsick. Once I got carsick on a five mile drive – I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mom so frustrated as that time.

  24. MegansBeadedDesigns Avatar

    Can totally relate. I STILL get carsick. it stinks. :-(

  25. mimijk Avatar

    Just love your blog – and can totally appreciate the ‘ick’-iness of carsickness..

  26. tita buds Avatar

    ‘My Child Is an Honor Student’. Brilliant touch there. :)

  27. Emily Avatar

    Which child was the honour student?

  28. YoungBlogger02 Avatar

    I remember when my brother threw up chimichangas because he couldn’t stand the smell of the lobster that my mother was cooking.

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