Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Eve

We usually celebrate New Year's Eve by spending a quiet evening together at home. We keep awake by watching football and/or a movie, playing family games, and enjoying party fare. Then, we watch the ball drop at midnight, clean up a bit, and head to bed, content with the knowledge that a new year has safely arrived and that we can sleep in as long as we want the next morning!

This year, we spent the bulk of the day driving to my parent's house in SC. Then, we spent the evening in traditional manner, only it felt different being at my parent's house. My Mom and Dad went on to bed about 10:30, trusting us to bring in the new year without them!

Here are a few pictures of us playing a game the guys received for Christmas called, "What's Yours Like?" It was a fun group game that kept most of us actively engaged as we waited for the clock to strike twelve. (Bethany was asleep in my lap!)

The following pictures were taken earlier in the day, when the children gave my parents some Christmas gifts they had brought for them. Doesn't my Mom look beautiful in that blue??

Taylor gave PaPa some LaGrange College golf balls -- disguised in a wrapping paper tube!

Tiffany and Ashlyn have long enjoyed working word puzzles with PaPa when they are together, making this crossword puzzle coffee mug the Perfect Gift!

The "little ones" gave Nanny this mug filled with biscotti.

And Tiffany and Ashlyn gave her this teapot for making Chai.

It is fun to give gifts to people you love, and I enjoyed watching the children's faces as my Mom and Dad opened their gifts.

My parents have given me the most valuable gift any parent can -- the gift of parents that love each other and are committed to each other (for nearly 50 years now!) and who love God and are committed to Him and His Ways. Such a gift is becoming more rare and priceless each day.


Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks like you are having a great time with mom and dad!! Wish we could be there too....but, we just had a "long" visit with them a couple weeks ago!! :)
That game looks like fun...we will have to play it this summer, and I will put it on my "gift ideas" list.
I miss you this holiday season....remember when we would all get together for Christmas? Of course, we lived closer together back then, and our families were smaller!! :)
I hope you have a wonderful last day visiting friends and family in Greenville! May we both grow closer together in the Lord this new year! Love you!

mommyx12 said...

I can't get over how much your daughter looks like you. At the moment i would have to pop back over to get her name because it isn't coming to me right now. I'm wanting to say Tiffany but that could be another daughter. Anyway, the one in the pinky sweater.

With hubby out of town all week we basically just stayed home, gorged ourselves, played games, and watched movies. We tried to get online to do the countdown to see the ball drop but couldn't find anything live and we don't have tv so we missed it.

L.H. said...

How beautiful! Looks like you guys had a great time! I love gift giving to loved ones too!

BTW: your mom does look great in that blue! (Tell I said so;)

AntfarmMom said...

your mom is beautiful! You look like her.

It looks like you all had fun!

Neide Colson said...

Mom does look beautiful! I believe it is her beautiful heart that shows on her face, don't you? And Dad looks joyful as always and shows that he loves being with his grandchildren!

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