Why just celebrate New Year with friends when you can celebrate the whole weekend? We had 15 people here for a New Year’s Eve party. Sariah was super on the ball with a scavenger hunt for the kids that culminated in presents for them to open every hour of the count down.
Salty won the prize for best dressed, as usual.
Meantime, the adults got out Rockband II which we used to play back before people selfishly moved away for “careers” and “housing”. I had So Much Fun in part because Rockband really is a great party game, and in part because I was with some of my favorite people of all time, and in part because it reminded me of all the wonderful times we had in previous Rockband II experiences.
We got some Afghan food, some Famous Dave’s, some Cafe Rio. We played some new collaborative strategy board game about a haunted house. I made everyone try to play it by the light of creepy candles.
And we had a lovely brunch on New Year’s Day.
Corned beef and root vegetable hash with poached eggs, pancakes, and Jenny’s slammin’ cinnamon pecan coffee cake. To die for. Oh, and then her oldest son broke his wrist trying to ride the Swagway. At least, that’s what I heard through the grapevine. Jenny, did he really break his wrist? Just how terrible should I feel about this incident? Because I already feel pretty horrid, but I could feel worse as needed. (Oh, please don’t be broken! I’m so sorry!)
I just loved spending so much time with friends. One of the best moments was when we left all the kids with the babysitter to head to Star Wars. We were a little late out of the house, but then, we hit EVERY SINGLE green light from here to the movie theater. As each green light passed, the excitement built until we could see the big Target sign across from the theater with only one light to go. “Stay on target! Stay on target!” the men were chanting, and…we made it! 100% green lights. We cheered, we applauded, we high fived each other, and we laughed like mad folk and vowed to remember this moment for the rest of our lives. Oh, and we also moseyed in to our seats in time for the first preview. Like the rest of you, we loved the movie. And we almost made it back with all green lights, but no. On Courthouse road, our luck ran out. And after a moment of silence for our shattered dreams, we agreed we had had a good run. And then Steven fell asleep. Again.
The man owns many small checked collared shirts. And cannot stay awake on vacation.
Hope everyone had a great New Year!