New Year's Eve began with a few presents for each of the kids.
Since Santa brings the presents on Christmas, Mom and Dad like to add a few at New Years.
Just a little something to keep the spirit of the season alive. : )
Later that morning, we began preparing for our annual family New Year's Eve party!
We set the table...
And put Peyton's delicious cupcakes right in the middle.
Flynn was happy that our little elf Zip was here to celebrate with us.
Normally, he would have returned home with Santa on Christmas Eve, but this year, Flynn received a letter from the North Pole stating that Zip had special permission to stay until New Year's Day!
She could not have been happier!
As was Zip. : )
Then it was time to get ready for Mass.
These two are always the first ones ready!
Eventually, they all make it down.
And are always willing to pose for a picture for Mom. : )
After a beautiful Mass, we were home for the night.
And ready to ring in the New Year!
Our good friends Heather and Dave came over to celebrate with us...
We ate, drank, and played too many games of trivia.
These two made my night extra special by telling me they arranged to stay an extra week!!
I don't need to tell you how happy that made me!
Soon it was almost midnight, and we were ready to say hello to a brand new year.
We visited a bit more, and then we called it a night.
And soon enough, it was the first morning of a brand new year.
The day dawned clear and cold.
Just as a January day should.
Steve took Madison, Rhett, and Nicolas to the Steeler game.
And Peyton, Flynn and I enjoyed a day of leftovers and The Twilight Zone marathon.
I snuck in a nap too. : )
Happy and Blessed New Year, my friends.
Thanks for visiting!