Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Michael went to work on base...we went to work at home preparing for tonight's New Year's celebration. 

Krista joined me in "the closet" and we prepared bags for hourly activities and matched scavenger hunt clues with bags. Michael left us clues. 

Happy New Year to Nolan - what a difference a year makes at this age! 

Everything is ready.....though I got lazy and picked up pizza instead of making Pot Pies....

Stacia reads a clue at 6 p.m. - "Time for less kelvin." 

Something to do with temperature? Wrong way honey. 

Ah - here you go - something to work on throughout the night - in the freezer. 

Arielle & Dakota build a Catapault while everyone else began work on a killer Thomas Kincaid puzzle

7:00 p.m. - Farkle and two wooden puzzles

8 p.m. finds them searching "Traditional 3 Rs took root here." THREE homeschooled kids all pointed out that writing and arithmetic do not begin with R. I pointed out this was dad's clue and they should focus on the where not the spelling. LOL  We found Funny or Die. 

9 p.m.  and they found Stacia's favorite of the night! Pop the Pig!  I find the premise disturbing....you throw hamburgers in his mouth, bop him on the head and his stomach grows.....

....and grows....

...until his arms fly up and his belt explodes. 

10 p.m. and Michael got home from work. We waited until he was home so it was a bit after 10 but we filled our time capsule for 2013, discussed this year's family vision and prayer verse and talked briefly about 2014's. More to come on all that. 

11 p.m. - nothing wakes up kids faster than a Nerf war - and this house is great for Nerf wars

BreAnne & Izaak shot each other....

Arielle holds down a defensive position 

Krista & Michael are on the stairs....Dakota in the door way, Izaak behind the curtain

Thunder from above

Dakota and Nolan ended the war in the laundry room - with the girls on the outside.....Dakota ran out and was pummelled. Nolan - bluffed his way out with a gun that makes noise (but he was out of bullets). He was out the room, through the family and up the stairs before he was shot....Valiant try guys. I'd expect no less from a son and grandson of ours.

11:55 p.m. and we're ready to get the sparklers, confetti poppers, silly string and bell....

It doesn't show well - but this girl got singed when she got a bit too close to Izaak. ::grin:: 

What better way to ring in the new year than loads of fun with family? The girls, Dakota, Michael and I thought a great way to begin 2014 would be in the backyard onsen with some sparkling lemonade. The rest played wii, made bandaloom bracelets and such.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Debbie said...

Hmmm, made a comment from my iPad, but I guess it didn't go through.

All the pictures are great and I can see you are making some wonderful new memories.

We had a very different New Year's Eve this year...our first without Bess and Dan was at a friends for a sleepover. We had an ice dinner, special dessert, watched movies and waited for the new year. It was relaxing and good, but just not...special.

I will be giving some thought to tweaking the old ways to fit where we are now.

Thanks for sharing all the great pictures.

Anonymous said...

I put dad's leg/knee in the knee bending machine with hours of ice in the ice machine and hooked it all up..... we turned on the bedroom TV........ fell to sleep somewhere along the line and woke up in the morning around 6am. :):):):)) love/prayers - mom t.