A picture Ruby (age 4) took of Noah and me
Happy New Year! Our friends Devin and Abigail asked us what we would call 2010. Would we say "two-thousand ten" or "twenty ten"? Well, so far I've been calling it "two-thousand ten", but they made a good point - it's not like I called 1994 "one thousand, nine hundred, ninety four." It's kind of funny when you think about it.
We found Noah like this, watching TV with his buddies.
Noah, Ruby, and Isaac
Anyway, once again this year we got together with some friends from church, just like we did in 2008 and 2009. There were 8 adults and 8 kids, and everyone seemed to get along great! We started the evening off with an omelet bar and pancakes. The kids eat first, and then the adults scarf down some delicious food, too. Beckie is really clever and takes the extra toppings, eggs, etc. and makes everyone a breakfast casserole for the following morning - that way no one has to cook a big breakfast the next morning after staying up late. BRILLIANT.
Beckie and sweet Kayla, the youngest babe in the bunch
This was the first time we've ever been able to take Noah to a get together, and for the most part, just let him play by himself with the other kids. We checked on him from time to time, but he's really starting to hold his own. It was nice! Usually, he goes to bed around 7 p.m., but since it was a special occasion with lots of fun kids to play with that night, the little guy made it until about 9 p.m. When we finally put him down for bed, I think he was asleep before his head hit the pack n' play.
The guys played tennis on our Wii, while the girls played Word on the Street. The concept was simple, and we had a lot of fun playing it! Beckie prides herself on winning and really hates to lose - probably worse than anyone I've ever known. So, I want to publicly announce that Angie and I beat Beckie and Jackie during our second round of Word on the Street! Can you hear the applause? I'm still basking in the sound of it.
Ryan playing the new Mario Brothers with the kids
Next, we pulled the guys in for our traditional game of Moods. This game is hilarious!! There are 10 different cards on the board with different moods (e.g., romantic, zany, jealous, etc.). You roll the 10-sided die and the number that you roll corresponds to a mood on the board, but no one gets to see what number you've rolled. You draw a card and have to say that phrase in whatever mood you rolled. For example, you might have to say, "Don't touch it. It's dirty," in an "ashamed" voice. Yes, that totally happened, and it was hilarious! Then, you get points if you guess the speaker's mood correctly. Plus, you earn points if you are the speaker, and people correctly guess the mood you are depicting. It is hilarious! Last year, we were so busy being entertained by this game that we totally missed the ball drop. I am not joking.
This year we kept our eyes on the clock and a few minutes before midnight, Beckie and I started pouring sparkling white grape juice (my favorite) into enough glasses for all of the adults and kids, who were still going strong! The countdown began, and when the ball dropped, I gave my husband a smooch, wished him a Happy 5 Year Anniversary and started clinking glasses and saying, "Cheers!" to everyone in the room. Noah woke up from all of the excitement, so Ryan and I packed up our things to go back home. We had a great time with our friends! It was a great way to ring in 2010!
Noah in his sleep sack and sock hat - ready to go back to bed!