So I looked for the safest spot I could find and came up with this: Yup, I cleaned out the top of my kitchen cabinets and added some of my favorite decorations up there. These old bottle-brush trees and sweet Christmas themed nesting dolls were my fave: Our kitchen makes an "L" and opens to our Great Room, so I loved the chance to enjoy these every day during the season. Instead of the usual decor I have up there, I think I'll change it up a bit with the seasons and keep some fun items within sight, albeit at a safe distance from curious little fingers. And so on the last day of the year, we packed it up and headed out to spend it with our friends', the Blakeley's, for a kid-friendly New Year's Eve get together. Grace had a blast running around with her cousins... Sharing giggles and making silly faces with cousin Carson... Stuffing her mouth full of marshmallows that were supposed to be for smores ;) And playing with sweet baby Payton. Hudson had a blast trying to keep up with the bigger kids. Climbing on every imaginable surface, lollipop in hand, of course. And watching fireworks from the safety of Dad's arms. Although come to think of it, the fireworks were probably not his favorite thing ;) Somehow cousin Amanda managed to get 9 kids peeled away from a super fun Mario Wii tournament with her card tricks! Love that! We made it home with plenty of time to put two tuckered littles to bed and welcome a new year from the comfort of our cozy home. We may or may not have fallen asleep on the couch waiting for the big 12:00 *wink*
And with that we kissed the year goodbye... Mwah 2010! Hello 2011!
Here's to a new year full of possibilities!