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Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Eve

We have a New Years Eve tradition of getting together with Bob's brother Tom and his wife Bonnie. We have always had the kids with us. We make a bunch of appetizers and have supper together, then play games, watch movies and talk until the ball drops.
This year was different. Our kids are getting older, two of them are out of the country and the others had other plans. It was just us old folks this year!
We decided that instead of making all that food for just four of us, we would go out for supper and then go back to Tom and Bonnie's for the rest of the evening.

Here is the little snack table we had set up with cheese, crackers, dip and of course a little chocolate!
We had a good time watching some old family videos. Tom has always been good at taking videos of family events and these were of all the kids when they were babies and young kids. What fun it was to relive those memories!
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Here's Bob looking a little sleepy, shortly before midnight!
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Tom and Bonnie, waiting for that ball to drop!
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Here is our sparkling juice - ready for midnight!
Things were a little different this year, but we had a good time. We'll see what next year brings!


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31 comments:

Cheri said...

That's such a great picture of Tom and Bonnie!

Musicaljean said...

One of these years you guys will have grandchildren with you while the middle generation goes out on the town! Celebrations do go through phases as the family changes.

Bachelor said...

Mari,
Best wishes for the New Year! Looks like you 4 had a good time.
The Bach

A Stone Gatherer said...

Sounds like you guys had a great night! We did too! Great to bring in the new year with people you care about!

linda said...

As our children get older and have lives of their own, our life changes too doesn't it! We experienced some of the same at our house this year. I've been saying "Christmas was very nice...just different."

Happy New Year Mari to you and yours!

Kristie said...

Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year!

Andrew Bruins said...

Dad does look quite content there, doesn't he. Happy new years.

Christine said...

Happy New Year! We had Pomegranate sparkling soda!

I'm Sadie said...

Looks like you all had fun! Happy New Year!

AlaneM said...

Sounds like a fun evening...I love home movies!!

Pat said...

It's the cycle of life. Families get smaller then bigger, but always changing, and each change brings something good, but we have to be careful not to think too long on "what was".
I wish I had thought of home movies...I forget about them and when I do bring them out, it's so much fun!

Leigh said...

I dont drink wine (or beer) but I LOVE that juice. ANY occasion, my husband gets me that> YUM!

Heather C said...

Isn't it funny how things can change in just a year? Here's to 2009... God bless you, Mari! :)

Cherdecor said...

Even though the kids were doing their own thing, it looks like you four really enjoyed the evening.

We never stay up to watch the ball come down. I don't even know if there is a ball!! Ha! Ha! Maybe I saw it one time.

We had our traditional shrimp supper. It wouldn't be New Year's Eve around here with these men if we didn't have shrimp.
Blessings,
Cheryl

Deb said...

Well I agree,especially after what I did this year. . .change is good:)

Kim said...

Looking at old home videos is so fun! Especially when you're with other family and everyone jumps in with memories and funny stories. Good times!

Joanne said...

We watched family videos on New Years Eve too. Great families think alike!

Wishing you and Bob a blessed 2009 Mari!

Sandy Toes said...

Looks like you were able to stay up till the ball dropped..I was asleep!!!
-sandy toes

Rebekah said...

Happy New Year. I was home and in bed by 9:30 (stinks when you have to get up at 4)

Julieann said...

Mari--I give you a lot of credit--I think I made it to 9 on New years Eve...LOL. Your night sounded really nice and safe:)

Julieann

Lisa said...

It looks like a nice relaxing evening. Happy New year!

AlaneM said...

I gave you an award today...

Mary said...

Mari,

Things change over the years. This New Years, as with the last three, I was alone. Hubby had left for work just before midnight. Shortly thereafter, I was tucked in bed.

Thanks for the well-wishes. I've been lying around all day and took several naps. Though I still feel terrible, I am bored, so thought I'd drop by and visit a couple of people.

I enjoyed your New Years Eve photos. Looks like it was a good time.

Blessings,
Mary

Growin' with it! said...

"just us old folks"...funny. that thought went thru my mind and i shared w/ my hubby we need to slow down and make the most of these holidays cuz the day is coming when it will just be "us"!

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

Sounds perfect to me. I love the idea of the old movies. We have tons of old slides that Dave took when our girls were little. Our projector's bulb is broken and we can't find anywhere to get a new one. I think I kids would love watching them.

Happy New Year and many blessings.

Sandra said...

Sounds like a great night Mari :)

kathy said...

I like the relaxing part of this - we were the same with old movies, munchies, eating out, not doing a lot and not dressing up

Happy Holidays!

Saija said...

that looks like the best of times! with good friends ...

blessings on your 2009!

Demara said...

Happy New Year Mari!

Jennifer said...

We were at friends house new year's eve and my "party like a rock star" hubby fell asleep on their couch for 2 hours. In his defense though he had driven through the night to get back from Texas so that I didn't have to sit home alone. I had told him that if he was too tired we could stay home but he said he'd be fine. Guess he isn't as young as he used to be. LOL.
-Smiles!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Chocolate is a must!

You know, we just hang out at home too. We fix snacks for the kids and us (and this year the in-laws) and watch tv, usually bowl games. The kids look forward to it every year.