Happy New Year!!!

Again, it's taking me a VERY long time to catch up!!

New Year's Eve at our house is a relatively calm event, and not much different than any other day. But, the kids love it and look forward to it every year.

We always start the night off with the traditional Polish New Year's dinner of hot dogs and sour kraut. I always make the kraut, although I'm never sure if anyone actually eats it, and I end up going to great lengths to not touch it. Actually, I think it's pretty gross. But, it's a tradition.

My children should be thankful that I skip the pickled herring that my mother used to make us eat. The experience was much like those awful food challenges on Survivor - pinch your nose, drop it in your mouth, chew as little as possible, and swallow quickly!!!

Anyway, after the amazing hot dog extravaganza, we have family game night. Now, for most of you, this is probably not a big deal. But for me? I don't much like to play games. This is the one chance the kids get to play game after game after game. The children get to pick ONE game each, and then Mom gets to pick the rest.

This year, we played a lot of twister.

We also played a new game that is a twist on the old "Guess Who" game. Rather than using little cards and flip up faces, each person becomes his or her own face. Everyone can see your face, except for you, and you have to guess who you are.

Sounds like some experiment from on of my graduate psychology class.

We also spent some time playing a High School Musical dancing game on the Playstation. It was pretty funny to watch.

Long before midnight, I decide I cannot play games for one more second, and I declare it to be midnight. This year, midnight was at around 9:30. No worries - only a couple of the kids can tell time. We all go outside and shoot off confetti poppers, blow whistles and shout "Happy New Year."

Maddie, being the only child in the family who is appropriately afraid of fire, doesn't necessarily enjoy this part of the evening, but she is a good sport.

Ginger doesn't want to mess up her hair or break a nail, so she usually just stands back and watches.

The other two are happy to have this one day every year to make as much noise as they want!!!

So long, 2009. Looking forward to 2010!!!


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