The last day of 2014, I took Aden and Alex to Party City to pick out decorations and favors for our NYE party. Both were well-behaved knowing that if they were not, they would be leaving without a hat and noise maker. I love incentives. Afterwards, despite the cold, I took them to the monster of all playgrounds. To the locals, it’s called the metropolis of playgrounds and it’s usually packed. I normally wouldn’t bring the boys here by myself because it’s so big and it’s easy to lose track of them. I’m pretty sure no matter how old my kids get, I will never be one of those parents who can sit on a bench and read a book. Maybe it’s because I’ve been programmed to be a helicopter parent, what with all the eloping at such a young age or maybe it’s because I’m a worrier. It’s probably a combination of both.
But on this chilly morning, I had nothing to worry about. The place was empty. Well at least for the first 20 minutes. Then, a man showed up with his grandson. Aden and Alex were immediately drawn to him. He was a year or two younger and the boys took to looking after him, helping him across the swinging bridge, encouraging him to go down the slide. It was really cute to watch. Just before we left, the grandfather complimented me on how kind the boys were to his grandson. He said his grandson is small for his age and most of the time other kids just run over top of him or push him out of the way so this was a nice to see. It was a proud mama moment and a great way to end the year!
After the playground, it was time to head home to decorate and prep for our guests, which consisted only of our family including the boy’s two cousins, Addie and Camden. The boys were enthusiastic about decorating; pretty sure they inherited my party planning gene. We went to dinner at Pizza Hut, the boy’s favorite restaurant. Alex wrote me a very sweet note, except for the Ho part. “Ho, I love you because I like to play with you a lot” ~Alex
Then it was home for the party! Everyone showed up around 6pm, we had a dance party, I found a countdown on the internet, and I made a balloon drop out of two trash bags, painter’s tape, and string. The kiddos had a blast! By 9:30pm the boys were asking to go to bed. They were exhausted. I was happy to abide and continue with an adult style party complete with drinks and games!
It was the best NYE I’ve had in years. I think we’ve started a new tradition. Cheers to 2015!