Happy New Year!! 2014

New Year’s Countdown
I posted our New Year’s mini-party on Instagram/Facebook, and someone said I was a fun mom. I kinda laughed. Because, the truth is, I am not a huge party person. There’s always this pressure to plan it a certain way, etc. Okay, fine, it’s because I’m an introvert! But I saw a post about doing a New Year’s countdown. I remember seeing it last year, and had pinned it on my Celebrations pinboard. I actually ended up finding other links for this activity, but anyhow, I started putting it all together an hour before we were to start our mini-party. So in the middle of giving the girls their showers and getting dinner ready, I cut and glued and taped. Our party definitely isn’t pinnable, but I think the girls had a ton of fun. We actually started late, but I will post it in the order of the time they should have been done.

How It Went Down
Wording ideas credit: The Real Thing with the Coake Family

5PM = It’s time to work on New Year’s resolutions!
In the Bag: New Year’s printable and pens
What We Did: We uses this printable to write down some memories from 2013 and made some goals for 2014.

6PM = Your tummy says it’s time to eat!
In the Bag: Bead necklaces
What We Did: Ate dinner, which was kind of a throw together meal of quesadillas.

7PM = Don’t get bored! Time for a board game. Let’s play, play, play! Don’t forget to make time for something sweet to eat!
In the Bag: New Year’s BINGO game printable and treats we got for Christmas
What We Did: Played the BINGO game and ate the treats :p

8PM = Time for bed! Just kidding. Just get ready, then time for Dancing in the Dark!
In the Bag: Glowsticks and 1 Girl Nation CD
What We Did: Changed to jammies, turned up the music, turned out the lights, and danced, danced, danced! It was quite a sight, but you couldn’t see us because we were in the dark. 😉

9PM = Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!
In the Bag: Apple Juice box from a birthday party
What We Did: Pour our drinks into fancy champagne flutes and toasted to a new year. Cheers!

Some of the activities took awhile, and others were super fast, so in the meantime, we took silly pics with our photo props.

The girls woke up earlier than usual so they were pretty much done by 7:30PM. We toasted around 8PM and wished our Compassion child Solissa in the Dominican Republic a Happy New Year! We ended up watching the ball drop and the Harbor Bridge fireworks via YouTube videos before 9PM and then wished our Compassion child Lucnise in Haiti a Happy New Year! Next year we will celebrate the New Year with our Asian family and friends. :p Much more doable for sleepy kiddos (and parents). 🙂  Click on link for more photos from our New Years Mini-Party and New Years Week.

How did you celebrate the last hours of 2013?


pinterest-to-real-life-2014-buttonSince I’m all about putting my goals to action this year, my friend Nicole’s monthly link-up, Pinterest to Real Life, is a perfect way to keep accountable to that! I have pinned lots of stuff with every good intention of baking/cooking/crafting/etc. It usually doesn’t happen because life happens. I would love to move toward “getting it together” this year, sooo…here we go…. If you want to join in, it’s easy. Choose something you’ve pinned, do it, share about it. That’s it!

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