We played a few games, ate some food, and then it was 9:00. The kids hit their second wind and decided they needed to "exercise". Karaia started running in place and Beckham ran circles around the playroom. That's when we pulled out the Smart Cycle and told Beckham he needed to play it for AT LEAST 30 minutes. Karaia found the Disney Channel New Year's Eve countdown downstairs and ran in place watching it. (She is her mother's daughter....I do that all the time)
At 10:30 I noticed Ice Age 2 was on and changed the channel downstairs for the kids. I got them settled in the rocker with blankets and a reclined position. I told Beckham he didn't have to stay up until midnight to which he replied, " I'm really going to try, Mom."
At 11:55 Kevin and I headed downstairs to ring in the new year with the kids. This is what we found.
He almost made it.
Here's Kevin and me ringing in the New Year like you do with someone you love....much to Karaia's, "Ew gross!" sensibilities
(I caught him off guard by sticking the camera in our face. He usually actually enjoys kissing me and doesn't often look as if he is trying to escape unwanted contact while doing it)
Karaia was thrilled she had been able to stay up so late
and, honestly, she was the only one NOT a grump today.
I think next year I am going to make the rule that you have to be at least 7 to stay up all night OR you have to take a nap on New Years Eve.
Both of them woke up at 8:00 am!
Sleeping in on New Year's Day is so lost on children.
Happy New Year!