Saturday, January 2, 2010

I Saw A Lot of Posts With the Words "New" and "Year" in the Title, and I Thought Maybe I Should Bother to Post in 2010

We don't go out on New Year's Eve. Or rather we try not to. Every single year I look at Times Square on TV and try to think of somewhere I would want to be less on New Year's Eve. And I can never think of a place. Let me think. A place that's cold, crowded, loud, and doesn't have bathrooms? No thank you.

It's hard to go out to a place with grown ups because we have three kids. And although I've never tried to get a babysitter on New Year's Eve, I imagine it's difficult. And expensive.

Plus, I get tired way before midnight because I am apparently 800 years old. I remember going to see a band with Alex for New Year's one year and I actually nodded off in the club for a while. That's all kinds of embarrassing. I think that might be the last time I went out in public on New Year's Eve.

I also don't like to travel very far on that particular evening because of the traffic and potentially drunk drivers.

The past couple of years we've been fortunate to have friends invite us over for kid-friendly dinners that end at 8 or 9. This year we celebrated with the amazing, amazing Jessica, Leticia, Susan, and their families. It was wonderful and fun and easy. And the invitation said to wear funny hats.

Some hats were funnier than others.

Sam, who is one of the most social kids on the planet, spent most of the night reading a book.

See, it turns out that he loves the books he got me for Christmas. They are about the rainbow fairies. And there are several other series of fairy books. And we had just gotten a bunch of them from the library. I don't think he put them down all night.

Before we left, he pinned Leticia down and explained to her all about the fairy books and about how her daughter might enjoy them. He spent a lot of time making sure she knew the name of the author. (It's "Daisy Meadows," by the way, and a faker name I have never heard.)

He also spent some time letting her know where she could buy the books if she wanted to. "What's the name of that place we got ours, Mom?"


It's always fun to introduce people to my secret shopping places.

At one point I looked around and saw that all of the parents were sitting at the table talking and eating while the kids were happily playing in the playroom. I don't know that I've ever seen that happen at a party before.

I think the high point for Quinn was dessert. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure of it.

I like that in this photo it almost looks as if he is coveting the beer.

He totally didn't have any fun at all.

Really, with Sam reading and Quinn obsessing on the food, I think Jack was the most social of all my kids. He spent the whole evening playing with Star Wars toys with other kids. Repeat: WITH other kids. (Although Susan and Leticia only parallel played in the playroom. Leticia with her blocks, Susan with her army men.)

I couldn't have asked for more wonderful behavior from all of my children. It was like we were in some magical space (that we will never be able to return to) where everyone was happy, polite, and appropriate. How often does that happen?

It was a wonderful evening, spent with good friends (and the three best BlogHer10 roomies ever!) Also, we were home by 9. Leaving time for this:

Champagne and Super Mario Bros. Good times.

It was a wonderful night. I hope that the rest of 2010 can live up to it.

(one or two days late)


  1. That is my kind of New Year's celebration.

  2. Dos Mamas - Ian just happened to look over my shoulder while I was reading your blog. He saw your picture of everybody in hats and said "Wow Mama, why is Uncle Alex wearing a wig? Does he want more hair?"

  3. Happy new year you! I love your dangly cork hat.

    We actually went out on New Year's Eve - but we are lucky to have a set of game grandparents in striking distance.

  4. PS. You know I am not supposed to laugh that hard. I am not a well woman. This is going to give me an attack. Heh, heh... Where is my inhaler...

  5. Wow, sounds like you had a pretty good time! I'm still trying to get my blogging mojo back. It seems to have gone with 2009. *sob*

    Happy New year to Team Stimey!

  6. Happy New Year to you! see you soon. can't believe that this crazy never ending winter break is ending...finally!

  7. Oh my gosh the duck head is back! Yay!!

    I can relate to the calm of the evening, every once in a while I look around and realize that not one of my cats is climbing on me, meowing for food, fighting with another one or puking. Have to appreciate the good times!

    Happy happy!!

  8. I am slightly ashamed to tell you that I had to go look up Super Mario Brothers on wikipedia.

    ...then realized that I had actually played it 1990. It's still the same game, right?

  9. Now THAT was totally awesome. I think we should wear silly hats all year. They're good luck.

  10. Your night sounds just about perfect to me. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who seeks to ring in the new year warm, at home, with the beverage of my choosing, and very close to a clean (well, relatively clean) bathroom.

    Happy 2010!

  11. We really do lead parallel lives; early, kid-friendly party with three other families, headed home by 9:00. Life is good.

    Happy New Year Team Stimey!

  12. What a WONDEFUL night. I savor those nights when we can have good adult conversation and nobody has a melt down. Nice.

  13. It truly was a spectacular way to ring in the new year! I really loved hearing all about the rainbow fairies from Sam! Hooray for BlogHer10 in the new year where Susan and I can hopefully have time for some parallel play among our swag!

  14. Sounds like a great time! Our New Year's Eve really sucked, but that's over now, so we're moving on. :)

  15. Oh noooo! Not the Rainbow Fairies! Do you know there are about 100 of those books? I agree, Daisy Meadows is a very fake name. But one person could have written all those books because there only seems to be one story, as far as I can tell. Pearl loves them. Luckily, she has recently discovered Tintin.
    Happy New Year!

  16. Rainbow fairies!! Sydney has read of ton of them, even if the stories are all the same. If you want to borrow any, let me know. If Sam is anything like her, he's got each book read in 20 minutes.

    Happpy New Year!

  17. And a happy new year to you! We loved it too!

    Secret shopping places indeed.

    My secret word here today is "bewrized." I think that's my new favorite word and should be used in a post. About something.

    And the duck head? When I saw Quinn walking up in it again, I just about fell over laughing. It was PERFECT.

  18. I think that second picture of Quinn makes it look like he was actually DRINKING that beer. And good god! That ice cream! I'm getting a sugar high just looking at it.

    Seems like a good time was had by all. Happy (very belated) New Year to you and your family and Alex's hat!

  19. You guys win for best party hats, hands down. And all three of your boys were wonderfully social, kind, with their respective reading, Star Wars (Charlie has found a soulmate) and sundae making obsessions. We love you guys. Thanks for letting me crash your circle of love room at BlogHer10!


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