Before that though, it was glow-stick bath time (turn off all the lights and throw in a bunch of glow sticks. Simple. Awesome.) and then we had a feast consisting entirely of hors d'oeuvres. I had grand visions of the kids helping us prepare them all and then being little tiny waiters and that kind of happened. Mostly it ended up being a team effort with everyone jumping in where it seemed most helpful/appropriate, including keeping tabs on the toothpicks and little pieces of food Owen kept putting in his mouth and replacing without any evidence of his actions.
|If your child is really interested in cooking with you, but you have to draw the line at chopping/cutting, please take notice of the Curious Chef knife|
|Managed to get a couple of cute shapes...can you spot them? My motto is that it doesn't have to be cute or pretty to taste good. The important thing is that we tried, right? By the way, I don't see any burnt bread and you don't either.|
|Happy New Year!|
Noisemaker/silly hat/mustache time!
At some point, we also played "Can You Guess the Sound/Smell?" which was kind of random but the kids liked it. It's just what it sounds like it was--closing your eyes and guessing a sound or smell. Then we did a "Guess the Resolution" game. I had been reading about a few different versions and we came up with our own, inspired by all the ideas I found online. Nathan and I wrote down 3 resolutions on 3 pieces of paper and then I helped Zoe do 3 and Nathan helped Owen do 3. Then, we pulled them out of a bowl randomly and tried to guess who's was who's. Obviously most of them were easy to guess but it was still fun. When we matched the resolution to the person, the kids put the paper in a little jar with the person's name on it and then we put the jars in our Christmas stockings. Next year when we put up our decorations, we will see how we all did (again, this was not my idea--don't remember where I read it though).
Finally, we played "2012 Stith Family Trivia"! Nathan and I came up with 100 questions about our year as a family and we slowly worked through them all together. We hooked the laptop up to the TV and used pictures for some of the questions so it was a really nice, laid back way to hang together and talk about the memories we made over the past year. It took so long that we even wore Zoe out, and if you know her you'll know exactly how impressive a feat that is.
|Cut the questions into individual strips of paper and put them all in this empty oatmeal container.|
I think they'd both say it was worth it. Happy New Year!