Tuesday, January 1, 2013


The kids and I had a great New Years Eve!!

We spent the evening with my parents and a family friend.  The kids and I started off with a trip to the Dollar Tree to grab some goodies for the night.  Then we had dinner at a Mexican Resturant.  We arrived at our destination about 6:30pm.  Just in time to start off our night.

We did activity bags and idea I got from Pinterest.  You create a bag for the kids to open each hour until midnight.  I had them color coded so each child had 2 bags to open during the night.  

7:00 P.M. 

The first bag was a "build it" set and a bag of balloons.  Yeah, a bag of ballooons can entertain kids for HOURS!!!


Here is Jacob helping me put together the "build it" set.  It was a little helicopter.  It had  moving propellers but that's about it.  It says 6+ but the small parts did make it a little difficult to put together.

 Here is Jacob having some fun with the balloons!  Mom had some fun with the balloons too.  She made an octopus with 13 balloons!!!

My mom is punching a balloon into the air.   I LOVE JoAnna's face in this picture. I don't know why she reacted in this way but it made me crack up.

 Here is the 13 balloon octopus. Yes 13 balloons.  If you have known my family for any length of time you will know the significance of the number 13. 

Jacob opened the second bag of the night.  Bubbles and gummies.  My kids love gummy snacks. So the older two headed outside to blow bubbles while Jace stayed inside-he was a little afraid of the fireworks.

9:00 P.M.
Jace opened the third bag of the night.   

 Glow sticks and punching balloons.  So one of the two packs of glow sticks actually worked.  Jace loved his punching balloon but the other two were outside having a blast with the glow sticks and totally forgot about the balloons.


 JoAnna opened the fourth bag of the night.  Light up "Flitter" and more gummies!  Jacob and JoAnna loved playing with these light up helicopters. 

Jacob opened the fifth bag of the night. 

 Rocket Balloons and  Silly String!!!  yeah walmart only had one can of silly string left.  So we had to share. Oh well, what better way to ring in the New Year than to learn how to share. 
 Here is Papaw helping Jace blow up the rocket balloon.

Jace got to open the final bag of the night! ! I couldn't believe the made it to midnight.    

Final bag..... noise makers!!!  Of course we waited for the last bag for these, who wanted to listen to them all night?? 

We had a great night!!!  The bags gave the kids something to look forward to each hour and the items in the bags kept them busy for at least an hour or more.  It kept them occupied and they didn't get tired and cranky waiting for midnight.
 It was surely a night we will remember. I cannot wait to do this again next year!!!

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