I have never gone all out on party decorations before. Usually I’m still trying to get cleaning done as guests arrive. So this year felt extra special because of all the help I had to get it all done and how wonderful it turned out. I really liked how everything looked. And now we have a gold clock hanging back in our bathroom. It’s just too cool. Makes me want to spray paint the wall silver!
After snacking for a while the girls made their New Year’s self with party hat and blower. They seemed to enjoy it and it was simple enough that all the girls finished theirs. While they were working on that, the grown ups were blowing up all the balloons I didn’t use in decorations. Once that balloons were blown up and the kids played with them for a bit we decided to do the kiddie countdown earlier than originally planned. It worked perfect though. We did the countdown at 8:3, popped all the balloons (my favorite NYE tradition) then headed outside to do some fireworks provided by a family that came to the party. All the kids did tons of sparklers, including Scott who was mesmerized and didn’t even try to put it in his mouth. There were some bigger fireworks and then we headed back inside.
Three little girls got jammies on and snuggled up in Elli’s bed. Scott and Brady fell asleep and shared the crib. Jaylee fell alseep in her Daddy’s arms and was snuggled into our bed. Then the games began. Brent was such a trooper and played all sorts of games with the older kids: Chutes and Ladders and The Tinkerbell Game.
The grown ups played the sign game. I remembered that I am really not good at that game but it is fun just to laugh and relax with friends. I love the mirror ball and plan on keeping that safely tucked away for next New Year’s Eve. It was just the right length for the tall guys to bump their heads on it, but no one seemed to mind too much.
Sammi made it all the way to midnight. It was fun to have her sit on my lap and Brent at my side as we counted down to the new year. Lots of kisses and hugs. Then jammies and bed for the rest of us. Overall, I feel blessed to have ended 2011 on such a great note and to have begun 2012 with friends and loved ones in out home.