Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy New Year!

Poor Charlie caught the yucky virus going around that left him with a high fever, blisters on his body, and feeling miserable. He was quite pitiful for about a week. By New Years' Eve he was fever free, but the blisters were so bothersome for him. He just didn't feel too good, so we decided to have a house party at Lovie and Pops' with Nay and Olivia there too! It turned out to be a pretty fun evening!

Our dinner consisted of each person picking a favorite dish from a restaurant and we either ordered it or picked it up. We had pizza, buffalo wings, biscuits, Chinese dumplings, and chicken tenders. It turned out to be a fun meal!

I wanted something for us to do besides watch TV until midnight. Especially since I get sleepy and have a hard time staying awake once I sit down. Jeanne' had the idea for a scavenger hunt and I liked it so Aaron and I set about creating a clue for an activity the kids could do each hour. I thought I could easily go on Pinterest and use someone else's ideas, but couldn't find any so we had to make our own. We had the kids bake brownies, play with poppers outside, make noisemakers, make themselves a fancy New Year's Eve drink, and find treasure inside a ball of cling wrap! Pops bought them sparklers to go with the poppers and that was a big hit along with the giant ball of cling wrap!


I couldn't think of a way to connect all the clues to make one big themed scavenger hunt so we did them independently and I planned for one each hour. Of course, Sarah Graves was eager to do them all and see what I had planned! They paced them out pretty good though taking some time to play in between. 
Olivia, really enjoyed being out in the cooler night air and loved watching the sparklers and hearing the poppers! She was so tickled by it all!

Charlie really wanted to do the sparklers, but he got a little nervous, too.

Sarah Graves is nervous about fire and didn't want any part of the sparklers, but looked precious in her new party dress from Aunt Barbara and Uncle Les and she loved doing the poppers!

I don't remember where I read the idea for the giant ball of cling wrap with small prizes wrapped inside the many layers, but it was a huge hit! The kids loved the surprise of it!

Mom set up hats, noisemakers, and decorations to add to the festive feel and help us ring in the new year!

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