It feels so weird to type 2013! I haven’t needed to write it before now either. Crazy to think we’re in the new year already. Last year really feels like it flew by, a blink of an sleep-deprived eye.
Our New Year’s was a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand it was great fun with friends, delicious food, fun games. Good times. On the other hand, it sucked, as Stu had to back out of our out of town plans and work. At first, he was going to follow me and the girls up, but the necessary work took longer than he thought. It was like before we got married, with him stuck over in the UK and me over here. We got to text a little and I did call him at midnight, but still. Not the New Year’s Eve we planned on.
I do have to say the girls were wonderful, and my friends helped a lot with one girl when I needed to be with the other. They both slept pretty well, until around 5:45, which was awesome after a 2am bedtime for me! Then the fun started. One needed to go to the bathroom, the other didn’t want to go, but didn’t want to stay alone. One wanted to play with a doll house, the other wanted to bang on the windows. It was so hard to keep them quiet. I do think we did wake some of the sleeping friends up. :( We had a TV in the room, but finding something that both of them would like wasn’t easy. Not at all. We eventually settled on PBS and some weird kid show, instead of FOX News or TBS or something similar. I guess the talking cats or tigers or bears or whatever seemed interesting enough for them.
Once people started getting up, we went downstairs, and the girls were off! Breakfast, milk, books, potty. They were pretty well behaved though. When the rest of the kids were up, the Wii got pulled out and the dance party began! Both girls started dancing along, wanting to actually play, but at first were happy enough just dancing along with the big kids. Eventually, Teagan was given a wi-mote and they put on that One Direction song. It wasn’t an easy dance, with four dancers, but she knows the song, and that helps a bit. She did pretty good, considering she didn’t know what she was doing. Got almost a thousand points her first go! She did NOT want to give up the remote. After a bit it was Ashlin’s turn. She just liked hitting the buttons and would exit the dance and go to the home screen. LOL!
The drive home was pretty good too. Teagan did not need to go to the bathroom, Ashlin didn’t throw up. Bonus! I found a kids music show – Elizabeth Mitchell doing Woodie Guthrie songs – on Sirius, and both girls were enthralled. I’m going to need to find some more Woodie Guthrie songs. Playing the Riding in my Car song to them this morning, they both started clapping along and rocking to the beat. Ashlin even repeated “cahhh, caahhh” almost in the right places :)
Next year, New Year’s will be different. Well, I won’t trust that Stu will be able to follow… I really missed him.
PS. DIY projects will follow, Christmas presents, treats, etc can all be shared with a much larger audience. Though, last night, I started a blanket. For me. Well, for the living room…