We were invited over to a neighbor's house for the evening, kids and all. There were lots of other neighbors and friends there with kids and it was a beautiful time. But, I just knew from the beginning that we would NOT be staying until midnight because I knew my two couldn't possibly stay up that late. If you know me, you know I am pretty uptight, especially when it comes to my kids. We try to stick to the same nap times and bed times. Bed time in our house is around 8:30, which is obviously nowhere near midnight. Anyhow...the night wore on and the kids played and played and played. They - along with the hubby and I - were having a great time! There were a few times when I told Chuck we were going to have to head out because Mallory was going downhill, but then she would perk back up and we continued to stay.
And then, before I knew it, it was down to the very last minute of 2011. We grabbed the kids, dragged them in front of Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, handed out shot glasses filled with orange juice (kid friendly, of course) and started to count down from 10.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2...ONE!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
The kids absolutely loved it! They drank their OJ and toasted with each other and the grown ups and said "Cheers!" It was a magical thing.
Do I feel guilty about keeping my kids up until after midnight? A little. Am I glad that I did? Very much so. This was something that I had never experienced with my kids and I am so glad that we did not head home those few times I thought we needed to and put them in the bed. I am glad they got to take part in something as special as transitioning - literally - from one year to the next.
Who knows? Maybe we will we do it all over again with them next year.