29 Dec
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New Year’s Eve Plans

Our New Year’s Eve plans consist of staying at home and celebrating with four very cute children. It’s been years, over a decade, since we’ve gone out and celebrated with just adults. I don’t miss that kind of celebration. We’ve had a few years where we invited families over to celebrate with us. I wish I would have been more on top of it and invited people over to ring in 2014. I actually enjoy mass chaos. Those moments of pandemonium help me appreciate quiet and calm even more.

New Year's Eve countdown

Last year I assigned a different activity leading up to bedtime. Starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m., a bag sat on the dining room table with a different hour represented on the bag. Each bag held a different family activity for all six of us to partake in. Last year, we had an indoor snowball fight with clean socks, enjoyed root beer floats, played board games, built a fort, and looked at photos from the past year and talked about hopes for the new year. The kids were excited to see what each bag held. We’ll do the same thing this year but instead of the fort we’ll race Hot Wheels cars down the Hot Wheels Super 6-Lane Raceway, and we’ll be taking a shot at decorating coffee mugs with Sharpies instead of making root beer floats.

balloon drop

I also hung a balloon drop last year, which I’ll re-create this year. The kids had a blast when we counted down and pulled the string. We have yet to have a New Year’s Eve where all the kiddos actually stay up until midnight. We normally countdown to 10 p.m. and watch the ball drop in New York City in real time. This year our 11-year-old will stay up to watch a movie with mom and dad.

No celebration is complete in our house without some yummy food.

Here’s what we’ll be munching on New Year’s Eve:

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