Friday, January 05, 2007

New Years Eve with kids

Since becoming parents our ideas about how to celebrate New Years Eve have changed a bit. Until this year Beky has been too little to understand or cope with any late night so the Grandparents babysitting has been the best option. (It may be in the future too – those lovely babysitters are readers of this blog!!)

This year we tried a “kids inclusive” New Years – it was much smaller than I planned with just one other family (our buddies the Smiths who are threatening not to be in NZ next year anyway!!) but it was all I was up to this year – watch out for an invite next year!!

We had a fancy party dessert – I made fruit cocktails for the girls but they weren’t impressed with orange slices on the glaces but the mums enjoyed the “Peach dream”. Then we played Cadoo until the little ones needed a Strawberry shortcake DVD break. About 9pm we started the “countdown” with sparklers & glow sticks. Then the kids got into PJs and we sat around in a circle sharing our best & worst from the year and what we were looking forward to next year. The Dads even got involved which was gracious of them!! Four out of eight of us were looking forward to “starting school” next year!! We finished with a prayer of what we were each thankful for. The girls went off to bed very easily knowing that they would all be in the same house in the morning.

Then we adults could spend the rest of the night together. A family sleep over – it worked well this year

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