Happy New Year!
I can hardly believe that it's already 2017! It's going to take some time to get used to writing that. The holiday season is coming to an end, but we all have one more day off to enjoy the holiday break before it's time to return to reality. (Do we have to?)
As I explained in my post yesterday, I had to take a step back from my frequency of posting in December. There was just so much going on and something had to give. I also ended up taking an unintentional blogging break for a week thanks to a severe allergic reaction landing Lexie in the ER and strep throat taking down 2 of my 4 kids. Although unexpected, it was nice to take a break and just focus on my family! But I'm refreshed and I'm glad to be back now, with a full editorial schedule for January!
This was the first year in almost a decade that we stayed home for New Year's Eve. A few of our family members and friends joined us for a casual, family-friendly New Year's Eve party! We really did keep it simple. Each family contributed food and drinks, and the only decorations we had were balloons, horns, party supplies from Netflix, and confetti poppers. It wasn't an over the top party, but everyone had a great time!
Our crowd wasn't nearly as big as it usually is, and we were definitely missing a few people, but we were able to ring in the New Year with some of our favorites! Every kid made it to midnight, so we all welcomed 2017 together, and within seconds, my floor was covered in confetti!
The party continued after midnight!
Liam proved to be a party animal!
The 5 year old girls, however, quickly grew tired! (I think they planned this so they could have a sleepover...it worked.)
But even putting on pajamas didn't convince the youngest to go to bed!
I captured him around 1:30 AM and made him say goodnight...
...but he was still going strong at 2 AM!
As for the adults? We sat around the kitchen table playing Cards Against Humanity from 9 PM until 4 AM! Even more surprising? Alcohol was not a factor, and we still managed to have fun!
Our guests left at 4 AM. Dylan went home with our friends and I kept their daughter since she was asleep. By the time I got the house somewhat straightened up, it was 6 AM! It was a really late night, full of laughter, and so much fun. It was great to ring in the new year together!
Today, the kids were kind, and slept in! Charlie spent most of the day with us, and my niece, Aubrey, came over to play with Lexie. Dylan came home, and his friend came over, too. The house was full of kids, but I love it!
The girls eventually went home, our friends came over for a traditional sauerkraut dinner (not many of us actually ate the sauerkraut), and the evening ended with Lexie and Lily getting locked in their room, thanks to a broken doorknob. After nearly a half hour of attempting to free them, our friend managed to get the door open just as Grant was about to climb through their bedroom window. Obviously, 2017 is going to be as chaotic as 2016. Never a dull moment!
2016 was good to us. Here's to a happy, healthy, prosperous 2017 full of love and fun!
Happy New Year, my friends! How did you celebrate?
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