Hello! I hope you had an amazing holiday season! We have been off in Japan for the last little bit soaking up that amazing country and some time with Chris while he has a break from the Embassy in Afghanistan. But I felt like i had to hop on and share our pictures from New Years before it is no longer January because that would just be lame to post something THAT far out of the game right? (Yeah I totally have some tutorials from my time in Timor I haven’t gotten around to posting so honestly no stone throwing here). I have totally drunk the kool-aid as far as the mad-men mid-century mod trend goes. My kool-aid is not spiked though so when it came to the bar cart craze I felt left out. But then I thought about how a lot of us non-drinkers sure like our soda, especially when they are filled with flavored syrups and fruit wedges. So I got the bar cart I had been drooling over at Target and decided for New Years we would have a non alcoholic bar cart. Because lets be honest if I am going to make it to mid-night I am going to need some caffeine.
We had four different soda’s, three different syrups, and cut up some lime and lemons for the cart. In hind sight I probably should have bought the smaller syrups in more flavors but the store I went to had some really odd ones that would taste much better in hot chocolate and coffee then in soda (aka pumpkin spice, cinnamon, chocolate etc.) We stuck with Strawberry, Coconut and Vanilla.
When I was a child I always wanted my own Martinelli’s, but my parents were good parents and didn’t let their daughter drink her weight in fizzy apple juice. But I thought these mini ones would be perfect for the kids so they felt like they had their very own but wouldn’t end up vomiting an hour later.
We were pretty laid back on the decoration’s. The banner is from Anthropologie and I am embarrassed to say is hanging right behind me STILL. Ummmm valentines can wait right?
I bought WAYYYY to many sparklers but in the end it was kind of fun to keep handing them to the kids until they were too cold to stand on the front porch anymore.
We got the over sized glitter for throwing at midnight from Paper Source and I am still finding it all over the house. Which I am actually okay with because it looks pretty cute.
My little sister and her hubby Paul were in town and were nice enough to come over to the party early so I could get a few pictures with actual good light. They are so much fun and my kids adore them.
Afte we filled up on doughnuts, Ruby’s cookies and soda we played a bunch of minute to win it games which were a HUGE HUGE hit! The kids especially loved trying to dance the ping pong ball out of the kleenex box we taped around their waist’s (Video on instagram if you want to see it). We told the kiddos at 11pm it was midnight and i am sure we confused our neighbors when they were out banging pots and pans an hour early but they were all dragging and wanted so bad to bang in the new year. Our home has an amazing view of the entire valley so after they were in bed I went up and watched about ten fireworks shows right from our master bedroom. I cannot wait for 4th of July!! As far as goals go I discussed it a little on IG that this year my goal is to FOCUS. Focus on family, faith, our health and fun. It has been almost a month and I have felt a great difference in myself and the kids since I have worked on this goal. Here is hoping I can keep it up the whole year!