Monday, January 7, 2013

Ringing in the New Year

We celebrated New Year's Eve a bit differently this year.  It was so much fun!

Usually, we spend the evening with my family, but everybody was doing their own thing this year.  Our friends always invite us to spend New Year's Eve with them, and we were never able to until this year.  I'm so glad we did!

By the time we left to go to the party, the roads were a slippery, snow-covered mess.  We breathed a sigh of relief when we reached their driveway, but ended up getting stuck in the snow and ice.  After shoveling, salting, and pushing, we finally got the car parked.  It wasn't just us.  Everybody else that joined us got stuck, too!

The men ended up spending the first hour outside pushing cars around while the kids played and my friends and I got dinner ready.  Soon enough, everybody was inside.  Some guests arrived in their pajamas, so the girls and I quickly changed into ours.

It was a great night spent with some of our closest friends.  We ate, we talked, we played games, and we laughed.

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All the kids were awake as we counted down to the New Year.  It was a fun, memorable night!

Around 1:00, some of our friends started to leave.  We decided to just spent the night.  We were already in our pajamas, and we didn't want to have to battle the snow, the cold, and other drivers that may have been drinking.

As soon as I put Lily in the pack and play, she fell fast asleep. 

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Everybody else was exhausted, too, so we all headed to bed.

The following morning, we all slept in.  When we woke up, we ended up staying for brunch and to watch the Rose Bowl parade. 

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We were only home a few hours before we had to go to Grant's Nannie's house for New Year's dinner.

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Lily was very eager for dinner to start!  I don't blame her.  It smelled (and tasted!) really good!

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Dinner was delicious and we had a great time visiting with Grant's family!

Unfortunately, it was a school night, so we had to leave early to get the kids ready for bed.

2013 was off to a great start!  Here's to a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!

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16 comments:

  1. You sure know how to have fun. You're always doing exciting things like this!

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  2. Happy New Year! Love the pics! Looks like my kind of night! I love how every time I look at a picture of Lexie, it reminds me of Abby. They would be two peas in a pod, if they were buddies!

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  3. Happy New Year! I'm so jealous that Lily will sleep in the pack n play.. .Jackson acts like it is a form of torture!

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  4. Happy New Year!! Looks like a great time was had!!

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  5. I love that you were in your pajamas! What a fun way to ring in the new year! We were all asleep by 10pm in my house! LOL hopefully this year will be different! Looks like you had lots of fun! Happy New Year!

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  6. Looks like fun!! Your kids are always so cute and well-behaved!!

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  7. NYE PJ party!! I love that idea! Sounds like everyone had a great time. I am so jealous you get to hang with your families so much, I wish ours lived closer!!

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  8. You must have hit up the Carter's pj rack too! Bailey has the monkey set and the same Christmas set as Lily. Love the PJ party idea!

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  9. Sounds & Looks like a fabulous way to bring in the New Year!! I love having the kids around on NYE.

    We usually get together with friends, but the past 2 years someone has gotten sick, so it gets cancelled :(

    Happy New Year to You and your sweet family.



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  10. Sounds like a fun NYE! We spent ours with friends too. The kids had a blast. It was their first year staying up to watch the ball drop.

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  11. That does sound like such a fun way to celebrate. We barely even stayed up until midnight here.

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  12. Glad you guys had a Happy New Year.. I can't believe it's 2013!!

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  13. Love this!

    Breanna was lucky to make it til 730 lol

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