We were originally going to go to a friends New Years Eve party, when it dawned on me about a week ago that you don’t bring babies to New Years Eve parties. I will take this one step further and say you do not take babies/kids to parties period unless the primary party-goers are members of your immediate family or it is a party where kids are clearly invited. We made the mistake of thinking it was cool to still bring Belén to a party a few weeks ago and it was slightly uncomfortable and really not fun for Andy and I even though the hosts were very gracious.
What this means though is that for any occasion, we need to decide if we would rather go out and find a babysitter for Belén OR stay at home missing the event…again. This is why dinner parties at our house are now our favorite past-time. To be honest, there are very few events that are worth dealing with getting a babysitter and leaving the baby. I can count on one hand, perhaps two the number since she was born. I SO never thought I would be that person who would be staying home all of the time, but I suppose those of you with kids knew this was inevitable.
This is a drawn out discussion to explain why we decided not to go to the New Years party but instead went to our friends, Becca and Ryan’s to hang out, have dinner and bring in the new year. Their daughter Graycn is about five and a half months older than Belén, so they are in the same boat as we are AND they are loads of fun. Perfect!
After appetizers, we indulged in a wonderful meal of two different flavors of beef ribs (Andy made one, Ryan made the other…we have good men!), shrimp, salad and Becca’s famous cheesy potatoes.
Belén and Graycn were able to play a bit before the clock struck seven and it was time for them to begin their first slumber of the new decade.
Once they were asleep, we ate dessert, watched “Four Christmases” and then tried to decide if we wanted to share our first minute of the new decade with Carson Daily orRyan Seacrest. Upon careful consideration, we chose Ryan Seacrest in hopes of being able to see Dick Clark.
First we flipped to NBC and watched Rihanna and Jay-Z perform. Then we were back to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC, JLo performed in a catsuit, clearly trying to prove how damn hard she has worked on her body since the delivery of her twins in 2008. There were also some other singers we didn’t know, which made us feel even more old than we already did perched on the couch on New Years Eve.
Just before midnight, we pulled out the noisemakers and talked about more rebellious New Years Eves of years past. 2008 takes the cake for Andy and I when we celebrated in the Jin Mao building in Shanghai.
They rolled out old Dick Clark, the ball dropped and the “oh’s” decade was laid to rest.
We took the risk of waking up the kiddos and pulled the strings on the confetti blasters and blew into the noisemakers to welcome in the new year and decade.
We were thrilled for a fun, low key night and mostly that we had made it to midnight. As for Boston, Becca and Ryan’s pug…I wouldn’t say thrilled was the right word to describe his sentiment, but he was a trooper for a few photos.