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brandifawn's picture
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New Years

So what are you planning for New Years? We are staying in and just hanging out here, possibly having a few friends over, but I'm wondering about the kids. Nicholas has always been good before about going to bed even if people are over if it's time for him to go to sleep, but this year he caught wind of the fact that everyone else stays up for the "ball to drop" I think he has it worked up in his head as being this huge deal when, obviously, it's not and I guess it's not a big deal to let him try to stay up until midnight for one night, I'm just afraid he's going to be a bear the next day, he's a kid that needs his sleep, but has NEVER slept in past 8:00, even on the odd night that he has been up to like 9:00 (the latest he's ever been up).
So what are your plans?

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We're not going anywhere...

why don't you pull up a youtube video of the ball dropping from the past for Nicholas around 8pm-ish and then he can feel like he stayed up and saw the ball drop? Biggrin

chefkel's picture
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We haven't gone anywhere in the last 4 years Smile

This year we are going to a friends house party (kid friendly) early for pizza heading home at bedtime 8pm.
Renting a movie on demand
champagne
:lovebed:
bed literally RIGHT after the drop LOL

good times.. we are the life of the party LOL

brandifawn's picture
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Ooo good idea about the YouTube video, Ruth! I bet that would appease him Wink

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We are going to the kid friendly aquarium party with some friends. They do "midnight" at about 10:30ish which is obviously still past bedtime. I am hoping that if we take a nap that day he will make it that late.

They have a dinner and activities for the kids and then obviously all the regular aquarium stuff so I hope it's fun!

Then we will probably both come home and go to bed before midnigght, lol.

EmilyC3's picture
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We are having a small party here at my mom's house. Lots of wine, champagne, food, family, and fun. It should be a good time Smile

StateChick's picture
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Ruth, genius re: the ball drop on youtube!!!

My mom (carrying on the tradition of my grandma that passed away), cooks breakfast at midnight on NYE. We have gone sporadically over the past 3 years. This year I promised Cadence she could spend the night with my parents on NYE. So hopefully I can get her asleep at a decent hour, but she has frequently stayed up until 10pm when we are out and about doing things. They have a PNP Wade can sleep in, so that won't be a problem. Ella is who I worry about the most...she likes to sleep in her crib.

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Kelly, we totally have you beat in the most exciting people department.

New Years EVE, we will more than likely be sleeping WAY before the ball drop. I swear, there may have been 5 times we've stayed up that late. I think the last 6 years, we've just resolved the fact that it ain't happening. LOL So New Years EVE will be the same as any other day.

But, New Years Day, we are having friends over and I'll serve all kinds of yummy snacks and a buffet type-eat at your leisure-meal. I'm splurging on a Heavenly Baked honey ham and some sides and making some goodies.

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We'll probably sleep over at my folks'. Either that or they'll sleep here that night. I want my kids to spend as many new year's eves with them as we can, since dad is 76 now.

We have a Finnish New Year's tradition: you melt tin in an old pot over the stove; each person takes a turn throwing the melted tin into a sink full of ice cold water so that it "freezes" into a shape; then each person holds their tin shape up to candlelight and we write down the "predictions" for the new year that we see in the shadows on the wall.

And, of course, it helps if you get a little drunk. We will have champagne and plenty of warm Glug laced with vodka.

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"MaxiMamma" wrote:

And, of course, it helps if you get a little drunk.

ROFL Love it!

We're going to a friend's kid-friendly party. No idea if we'll make it until midnight or not, we'll just play it by ear. My kids are night-owls, I'm sure they could do it if we really tried, but not sure if we will try. Smile

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We are pretty lame on New Year's!! Our tradition is we have my parents over and play cards/games and they go home at 12:05! It's easier to have it here so we can put the kids in bed. However, I think Delaney stayed up til midnight last year!

We are getting together with several friends on Friday night. Our teenagers are watching the little kids while the adults hang out. I guess that will be more like a New Year's party for us. Smile We don't like to be out on the roads on NY with the risk of others drinking and driving.

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We're going over to a friend's house for a sleepover. Lots of good food, cards, some drinks, watching the ball drop etc. The kids will all be passed out long before midnight I'm sure.

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Well we have no plans. Nada. I think we will just stay in and watch a movie. I should be doing something fun - dh and I met on New Year's Eve at a club 17 years ago. Wow, I'm old! But really, I'm such a homebody that I like staying home with my little family and just hanging out together.

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Funny story. My banker has elementary aged children and always set all the clocks in the house ahead 2 hours and the kids always thought they were staying up until midnight. This totally backfired on him when his oldest was 10 and he had to 'come clean' about previous years when his daughter overheard someone talking about what he had done in years past. She was TICKED off to high heaven finding out she had been duped all those years.

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LMAO over the clock change!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DH works, it's a huge money night at the restaurant where he works, so really I'd rather have him do that lol! A friend's husband is going out with his friends and she's staying home with her kids....so I'm halfway thinking of going over there and just coming home around bedtime. Colby is also one who absolutely has never slept later the later he's been up....him going to 7am is a rare occasion, the 5am hour is the norm even if he stays up late. So we might just go over before dinner to my friend's, be back home before 8 and I'll probably be in bed before 11pm lol! Or I'll end up lazy and me and the kids will just stay home haha!

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If the bosses throw a party, that is where we will be.

But I see us staying home, sipping wine, playing games with the kids, and maybe watching a movie.

We are the most exciting people ever....

We could find a babysitter and go to the over packed with tourists, Inn of the Mountain Gods, but that doesnt even sound pleasant.....

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going over BIL's house and then playing it by ear....we'll bring stuff incase we spend the night...we'll see how the kids are acting...if they are having fun and behaving then we'll probably stay...if they get cranky and act up then we'll leave!!!

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"gottharf" wrote:

We're not going anywhere...

why don't you pull up a youtube video of the ball dropping from the past for Nicholas around 8pm-ish and then he can feel like he stayed up and saw the ball drop? Biggrin

now, that's thinking! Great idea, Ruth!

"MaxiMamma" wrote:

We'll probably sleep over at my folks'. Either that or they'll sleep here that night. I want my kids to spend as many new year's eves with them as we can, since dad is 76 now.

We have a Finnish New Year's tradition: you melt tin in an old pot over the stove; each person takes a turn throwing the melted tin into a sink full of ice cold water so that it "freezes" into a shape; then each person holds their tin shape up to candlelight and we write down the "predictions" for the new year that we see in the shadows on the wall.

And, of course, it helps if you get a little drunk. We will have champagne and plenty of warm Glug laced with vodka.

LOL!! Love the tradition. I had never heard of that one before - I'm sure it has provided many great memories. Love it.

We are having some friends over and doing fondue. DH and I have pretty much perfected "The Melting Pot" experience - we'll do cheese, meat, and chocolate. Plus lots of champagne.

Tyler has no clue what NYE is...or that we stay up late. He'll be in bed at his usual time - maybe a little later b/c he'll be excited that there are people here. But no later than 9:30 or so.

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Our plans are to get together with our 2 next door neighbors. We are doing a progressive dinner. Apps at one neighbors house, dinner at our house and dessert at the other neighbors house. One neighbor has a boy C's age and the other a 5 year old girl and the kids get along great. They'll play while the adults relax and enjoy. We'll let them stay up until they are unreasonable. I'm guessing they'll stay up until 11:00 ish - which here (CST) they can still see the NYC ball drop. Smile Then they'll all be put to bed while we continue are party. Smile I'm looking forward to it - should be fun without having to pay a sitter or drive anywhere.

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We'll probably head over to a friends house... Chill out there until the kids get too cranky and then come home...

Happy New Years !

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We will be staying home. Sarah is heading out to a party/sleepover...we will order in...the kids will stay up till whenever...and whoever is awake at midnight will partake in the Thomas annual tickle/wrestle fest in our bed and then we'll all just crash. (I'll probably be still in the kitchen working on the cabinets...lol)