It has normally been our tradition to travel for New Year's but this year we decided to stay home. It was a decision I am glad we made because we ended up having a really fun time. We began New Year's Eve morning with a visit to Los Laurelles. It is just down the road from us and we love to take the boys there to ride bikes. We spent almost three hours there letting them ride, run, and play. They had a blast!
My boys spend a lot of time on their bikes every day and that makes me very happy. There's nothing like fresh air and exercise- especially for active little boys!
We also took their new remote control cars to play with on the dirt roads.
my boys love to climb
Cruz on New Year's Eve
Ben on New Year's Eve
Here is a video of Ben pretending his bike is a race horse.
We visited one of the restaurants on the property for a morning snack and something cold to drink.
Ben put on three pairs of sunglasses at one time. He's a funny little boy.
and of course Cruz had to try it too
How yummy do these nachos look? We ate these and the boys ate beans and tortillas.
our New Year's banner
The boys helped me bake a New Year's cake that afternoon. Here they are enjoying the beaters.
our cake to welcome 2016
The ten balloons that I had hung in our dining room became our countdown. We started at 3:00 in the afternoon and popped one every hour. I let the boys take turns popping them. It was a lot of fun and something I think we'll start doing every year. Next year though I will plan to add more and pop them every 30 minutes. A whole hour was a long time to wait for my two little ones.
Ben popping one of our balloons. I put some confetti inside to fall when they popped.
Look at that sweet smile. He loved it!
a short video of the boys in action
Our New Year's Eve supper meal consisted of pizza, chips, and our cake.
Our friends Josh and Jessica came over to eat and celebrate with us. We spent most of the night watching Alabama play in the Cotton Bowl.
we also shot a few fireworks
We played a few games. Here are David and Ben playing Uno.
me and my precious boys on New Year's Eve
Our plan was to let the boys stay up as late as possible. We did everything we could to keep them entertained and awake. They made it until 11:00 when we all watched the ball drop in NYC. After that Ben went straight to bed and Cruz laid down on the couch.
Watching the ball drop in NYC. Happy New Year!!! (an hour early in Guatemala)
New Year's Day began with this celebration pancake breakfast.
What a fun time we had ringing in the new year! It was simple, laid-back, and packed with family time. Not a bad way to start 2016, huh. Happy New Year everyone from our family to yours!