Yeah, I've got a ton of Christmas posts on back-order, but I figured we'd skip ahead and jot down a post about New Years.
It wasn't the most exciting of nights. It was the first time I've had New Years Eve off in more than a decade (I might have 'officially' had a night off, but I assure you it was riddled with phone calls and double-checking things) and what does Lisa do? She has to go to work.
So until she got off at 11 in was me and the kids. I'd drafted my niece to babysit from 11 on so we could go out, but she got an invite to a party and 'volunteered' her mother in her place. My sister showed up super early at six, which turned out to be a good thing as the kids were set to be a handful.
Before Lisa left she made a cake the kids frosted - and with the proper utensils. I assure you, this was a posed shot ;)
I'd done a good deed by downloading a two-CD set of Hannah Montana that the kids jammed out to.
Then YaYa did the dishes before settling down to blog a Happy New Years post on her site.
Smiley got a train set from his Great Aunt Royette for Christmas, and I set that up for him. He had a blast.
Here's the Lump. That's not 'red eye', it's just her devilish nature spewing forth.
Then the kids just kind of chilled out for hours, disappearing at times to watch the Disney Channel countdown upstairs. In the meantime I made a run to the liquor store, where I had to park two blocks away because of the traffic at the store.
At ten - two hours later than I intended thanks in part to the line at the liquor store - I rounded up the kids and celebrated 'midnight' and the turn of the New Year.
Lisa had bought noisemakers, glow in the dark bracelets, and whatnot, while I supplied cranberry juice 'champagne'.
No one could figure out how to make the kazoos work, except for Smiley and the next day, the Lump! Everyone else was symied.
Apparently the power of suggestion is as powerful as advertised, judging by this photo. It's non-alchoholic LuLu!
When Lisa came home I was rip roarin' to go out, but she was feeling worn out and sick and asked to stay home. Not . . .the answer I was hoping for, but I understood.
By midnight Lump and Smiley were fast asleep of course . .
But the rest of us gathered in our bedroom to ring in the New Year.
Happy New Year everyone!