I hate ringing in the New Year. There, I said it. It is my least favorite holiday. Probably because tv, movies and everyone makes it seem like it is going to be this amazing event and everyone is in love and having a wonderful time. It is always so built up and it always disappoints! I spent 3 New Years eve newly pregnant (read: nausious and not allowed to imbibe in New Year toasts). Then I spent 3 New Years Eves nursing (read: exhausted and not allowed to imbibe in New Year toasts). I have also rung in the New Year MANY times….alone. My husband is an early bird (which usually saves our marriage as he gets up in the morning with the kids so that I can sleep in). However, that means that by 10:00 the early bird is DONE. Blood shot eyes are glazed over and by 11:00 he is down for the count.
Last year, we were in San Diego and spent New Year’s Eve Day at Legoland. It was about half way through our road trip to California and everyone was exhausted. We were also in outdoor hallway hotel rooms that didn’t conjoin and therefore, each of the three rooms had children that were desperate to sleep (read: their parent’s were desperate for them to sleep). By 9:45, I was the only one awake. In a dark hotel room…trying to stay up to ring in the new year. LAME! I finally turned on the TV (muted of course) and watched some fireworks recorded earlier in London or something.
So this year, I was determined to not care and treat it like any other day.
And we made a genius plan. We decided to go up to our family cabin in Fairplay. Further awesomeness occurred when our good friends and my sister and her kids decided to join us. What could be better than hanging out in the Rocky Mountains with good friends?
We also planned a few activities for the kids so as to make the night go quickly and so we didn’t have to answer “Is it time for New Year’s yet?” 150 times.
We headed up to the cabin mid-day and got everything set up. We had fondue for dinner (another genius plan as everyone has to cook their own food, there are very few dishes to clean and it takes a LONG time-which is awesome if you have no where to be).
After dinner the kids played with kool-aid play-dough that I had made earlier that afternoon (you can find it here on my Pinterest board). It was easy, quick, didn’t take a ton of ingredients and smelled delicious. For the record, don’t use lemonade kool-aid. It doesn’t really look yellow. It is amazing that even the 12 and 10 year olds LOVED playing with the play-dough.
After that, we did bag skits. You know, where you split into teams and you have to make up a brief skit. Each team gets a paper bag filled with random objects (usually one prop per person). You then have to make up a skit using the items from the bag as your props. The only rule is that, the item cannot be used as its original purpose. For example, we had a pair of scissors, a bottle of water, a rubber band and a bread-cutter thing that you use to make cute shapes for sandwiches for lunch boxes. Our skit was about New Year Resolutions. Julie was the narrator and used the scissors as glasses. I was trying to lose weight and used my rubber band as excersise equipment. Tanner was trying to get off the couch and learn a new skill (which was learning how to fence-lightsaber with the water bottle as his “sword/light saber”. Makai was trying to have good behavior and get out of jail and used the bread cutter as hand cuffs. It was pretty entertaining.
After that, we took the kids outside (in the freezing wind) and we shot off some light up umbrella things that my dad got us for Christmas. They got them when they were in Europe and they are awesome!
You use the rubber band thing to shoot them up into the air and then the twirl around and come down! It is really fun. Maybe a little more fun when it isn’t freezing cold and windy! I can see us using these often in the summer time.
By then, it was time to ring in the New Year (Eastern Time Zone)! It was REALLY noisy with 7 kids blowing noise makers and screaming. However, that didn’t bother Jameson, who was really tuckered out and fell asleep a few hours before. He slept through the whole thing (like father like son).
After the kids fell asleep the adults played a new game. It is called Cards Against Humanity. It is basically Apples to Apples but an adult version. WARNING: there are some REALLY offensive cards in the deck……but we had some good laughs (“stray pub” was the best card in the deck-funny every time). It kept us laughing until it was time for the Mountain Time Zone countdown. Even Chris made it this year!
For lunch on New Year’s Day, we did our candy bar switch up. You can read about it in my previous blogpost HERE.
After a fun-filled lunch, we packed up the kids and headed to the beach. Fairplay beach that is. Yes, Fairplay has a beach. Someone had already formed some tracks and some sweet jumps. We were the only ones there and the kids had a BLAST.
Can I tell you how much I love taking sledding pictures? There is something about catching the kids mid-air that gives me a thrill. Partner that with me having sciatic problems so I couldn’t go down the hill myself. I had to live vicariously through the pictures. I took a million pictures, but these are my favorites!
|Maddy always caught some serious air!|
|Ellie did not like getting snow in her face so Adah so nicely covered it for her.|
|The ‘Stache in all its glory|
|This one is blurry, but I love the look on her face!|
|Learning how to snow board on the sledding hill.|
|Mom of the Year award….forgot the ski coats so the kids just doubled up on hoodies.|
|Love Tanner’s mid-air shot|
|Love this girl!|
|Kristin is learning the lesson of “NEVER START A SNOWBALL FIGHT WITH CHRIS LORD”.|
|Noah is so good with his younger cousins!|
|Adah showing off her flying skills (notice the sign in the background).|
|Tanner’s frog jump|
|Might be time for a hair cut|
|JJ’s audtion for the Chorus Line|
|This is love. Pushing your cousin up the hill.|
A good time was had by all. It was relaxing and fun. We played a lot of games and barely watched any TV or movies. The kids were barely even on their i-devices. They played and played and played. It was awesome. Perhaps this year I will be willing to admit that I actually enjoyed the “New Year” holidays and it was all that I hoped it could be!
I hope that you were all able to ring in the New Year in style. And if not….there is always next year. We will take bids for who gets to come with us to the cabin!