I've been to plenty of New Year's Eve parties through the years, but the best one yet was last year as I rang in the new year with my husband and boys at home.
About a week before New Year's, my husband decided the boys were old enough (7, 6, and 4) to stay up and see the ball drop, so he and the boys got busy buying decorations and enough snack foods to last us the night.
That evening he decorated the dining room while I made pizzas, the boy's favorite, of course.
The boys loved the party hats and blow horns.
They even got me a girly hat which my cat Fifi ended up wearing for part of the evening.
We had the best time just being together playing games and watching Dick Clark in Times Square.
The boys were so excited to stay up until midnight!
Except for my littlest guy who fell asleep 10 minutes before the ball dropped.
We spent some time thanking God for the year we were saying goodbye to and remembering the things He had done.
We also spent some time praying for the year ahead.
I think we'll pray a little harder for 2012 because this one was tough!
So very ready for a fresh start!!
Anyway, I think we've started a new tradition and my boys love a family tradition.
They've been talking about our New Year's Eve party for a month or so and are ready for the night of fun. It's the ultimate family night!
How are you planning to ring in 2012?