Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Colony's Rockin' New Years Eve 2013

Another New Year's Eve gone by, making way for a brand new year to come rushing in.

Josh and I had a fun day of family activities planned (1), seeing as this is the most anticipated day of the entire year for our family (2)!

We spent the day baking together, playing outside, telling stories and acting out our favorite stories from the Bible (3).  I actually think that the excitement of the day brought out the best in my children.  It was so nice to see them playing so sweetly together.  The arguing was minimal (4), and the little tiffs that I did overhear were worked out on their own, with words of love (5).

A dinner of champions was made.  We made sure we covered all of the food group bases to ensure proper nutrition was consumed, because we are just those kind of parents (6).

After dinner we gathered around the fireplace and took turns roasting marshmallows for smore's (7) and played a friendly game of "Trouble" (8).

And since the Colony had such great attitudes all day we decided to let them stay up with us because we couldn't imagine them missing this unforgettable moment (9).

We spent the rest of the night quietly reflecting on the past year's events and prayed through the New Year together as a family (10), which was quite appropriate, seeing as our family is a constant source of calm, quiet and order (11).

So, from our family to yours, Happy New Year!

1) Actually, we'd been out of town off and on for the past week so Josh needed to go into the office.

2) I'm pretty sure we have never done the same thing twice on New Year's Eve.  No family traditions have been made on this momentous day yet, ha!

3) I was sick and feeling like crap...yes, AGAIN.  It was all I could do to get lunch on the table for the kids by 2pm.

4) The kids were pushing each other's buttons all day!  Their consequences included folding laundry, picking up sticks outside for the fire, loading and unloading the dishwasher, cleaning bathrooms and changing the Guinea Pig bedding, so it actually worked out pretty well for me:-)

5) Alright, maybe this one was a stretch.  Somehow Alethia's teeth "accidentally" bit Areyna's hand and Cai's body mysteriously tackled Jude, who happened to be holding his brand new Captain America pen, into the banister.

6) There was dairy and grain in the mac-n-cheese, meat in the hotdogs, and vegetables in the oil.  We actually did have fruit, go us!

7) Only if "taking turns" means fighting over graham cracker squares, crying over who gets to sit closest to the fire and keeping close tabs on the number of chocolate pieces each person gets so everything is even and fair...sigh...

8) I may have told Zeke that if he kept moving everybody's players around for no reason I wasn't going to play with him anymore.  And we learned just how competitive Areyna is (IE-she doesn't like to lose)

9) Bed time couldn't come quick enough last night!  I actually did have the thought to keep the older ones up to watch the ball drop...but then reality hit and I came back to my senses.

10) Josh cooked us up a dinner for two on a contraption that would be perfect for a single person with a pea-sized stomach, ha!  It took forever to make enough for just the two of us, but man was it good!  It's not like we had much else to do with the kids in bed and a TV that picks up 0 channels to watch the NYC festivities:)

11) Life may not be quiet or orderly and most definitely not calm, but I wouldn't trade it for anything!
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