Friday, January 2, 2015

New Years Eve

Happy New Year with My Love

In our early 20's, going out in the city was the ONLY way to bring in the New Year...  Crazy late nights and sleeping the entire next day.  As we got a bit older and wiser, we would go out to eat at a fun happening restaurant and then come home to bring in the New Year.  And then along came kids and going out for anything screeched to a halt.  First of all, all we cared about was sleep.  Second, it wastn't so easy to get a sitter on NYE.  And lastly, with all the drunks out on the road, it wasn't worth the risk to be out and about.  The last couple of years we started our kid friendly New Years Eve parties.  We rotate houses with our besties The Farleys and The Wagners.  And honestly, staying home with everyone is a blast… 

Ivy and Me

Sidney and Me

Mitchell, Eli and Luke

The Girls
Briellen, Sidney, Brynne, Ivy

They Farleys
Damon and Amy

The Wagners
Susan and RJ

The Howells… and photobomber

And Speaking of Photobomber… We had the same one NYE 2014

The Girls
My Brother in law Damon is the MASTER cocktail mixer.  He always has a new cocktail for every event.  This night he brought wassail with a bourbon or whiskey something.  I am a vodka girl, so this held no appeal until the end of the night when RJ made us watch the countdown outside in 20 degree weather.  {I was miserable at first, but was so glad that he made us because we saw some amazing fireworks!  Like huge professional type fireworks… in the burbs… craziness!}

So last Valentines day we had Cherub's Cup Cocktails, which were AMAZING.  I was jonesing for one so I brought all of the stuff to make one forgetting how labor intensive they were.  Enter my master mixologist… He took over and voila…. cocktails!  Check out the recipe here… YUM!

After dinner we did fireworks and sparklers.  Despite the cold, we had so much fun.

Mitchell and Aiden "cheers-ing" their Sparklers.

My Luke
Am so glad I've passed my love of Sparklers on...

The Crew

My kids were starting to get a little sicky and I wanted to make sure they got a good nights rest  so we took them home and put them to bed instead of spending the night per tradition.  Our sweet Nonna came to watch them so we could go back to the party.

But before they left,  a happy New Years toast!  
These kids.

It makes my heart so happy that these little bitties have each other and my prayer is they will forever stay as close as they are now!  It also makes my heart so happy that I have such amazing friends and incredible husband to share my life with!  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!

Mitchell, Briellen, Sidney, Ivy and Luke

2015 -- Here we are!

When the babies were born, we were in total survival mode… Forget setting goals and deciding what direction we wanted our lives to take.  Really forget wanting to exercise more or decorating projects!  I just did what I had to do to feed my babies, make a happy home and stay sane.  I really got out of the habit of reevaluating my life at the start of the year, choosing the things I need to work on and then actually doing them.  So this year I am writing down my goals and how I plan to achieve them.   It's my year to thrive… not just survive!

I will share my other goals with you, but my first one is keeping up with my blog.  Why is this important to me?
- It is my journal… my diary… my way to look back and see how my little babies have grown and changed and to remember the funny things they said or the fun summers we shared.


- It is a way for my family and friends across the world to be apart of our lives.

May this year be a productive year for you (and me)… filled with happiness and love!!!