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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ringing in 2011!

So last night was really good.  I met my sister, Will and Michael at their house and we drove to CiC's Pizza where we ate our last meal of 2010 as a family. I ate mostly spinach and veggie pizza..quite good.  My parents, Daniel and Lorraine met us there.  Andrew didn't get to come because he had a youth event with the church. They needed van drivers since they had five vans going on their weekend trip to Virginia so I've not seen him yet this year. Ha!  But most of my family was there.  (Little brother was planning to come, but got to feeling bad.)  After eating we went to Target and Walmart to check out their clearanced Christmas items.  Then we went to my brother's house where we brought in the New Year.  His house is in the country and it was quite dark when we arrived. I had one of those "wow, look at the stars" moments such as Amber described so nicely in her first post of 2011.  (Unlike her though, I refrained from lying down in the driveway.)

At Daniel and Lorraine's house, we watched a little TV, looked on the computer, played air hockey, checked out their weight room/gym in the basement and had fun taking pictures.  

See more of our awesome pictures from last night by clicking here.  I put them on Facebook and that is the public link. Go ahead...look.  They are cute.

We then looked at the pictures on the big-screen TV. There were more than I posted online and some quite funny that didn't make the cut to be shown publicly. But we surely had fun laughing at them.  We watched the last ten minutes of Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark as they brought in the New Year in New York City.  Michael started the countdown with them and then we cheered in 2011.

We watched that for a few more minutes. Then Daniel said Michael wanted to watch Gomer Pyle, USMC so we watched one episode on a DVD Daniel owns.  Yes, at 12:15 in the morning. Shazam! :)

We left soon after it ended and I got home at 1:02 A.M.   So wild for me. I'm usually at home asleep by 11 each night.

One of the best parts of the evening was the ride home.  Michael (the one who called himself a "heat pump" just a few days ago because he tends to be warm when most of us are chilly) actually was cold. Perhaps because he was in short sleeves, yes? (He had taken off the long-sleeved shirt shown above.) He and I were sitting in the backseat and he said "are your hands cold, Susie?" as he grasped them and then said "Oh, they are warm." (Really? My hands are notoriously cold all.the.time.)  But I guess they felt warm to him because he was cold. Anyway.  He snuggled up close to me and I just wrapped my arms around him keeping him warm and basking in how good it felt to hug that sweet young fellow and what a wonderful way it was to start a new year.

So can any of you top that;-)  How did you ring in 2011?


Nocturnal Queen said...

We had pizza last night too. We picked it up from Mario's and brought it home.

As for how I brought in the new year, I went to the church and prayed in the new year with a few others. I was home before 1:00 and got online after changing clothes.

Lat said...

You look like you had such fun!Great pics and moments! And a lovely pic of the light bulbs :) Thanks for sharing the last moments of 2010!

observant observer said...

Hi Susan, happy new year to u!
Well i can't top your new year for sure, my family at home just threw prayers, especially wishes for a better future ....then we ate ice cream filled with cookies (it's hot here in Indonesia) at a very late hour (11.30 pm) then I just couldnt sleep because of too much stuff, fell asleep at 2.30 am and woke up at 5.15 due to the alarm (I should've changed it!!) and went to mass at 7 am in the morning...phewwww!!!!

Susanne said...

Niki, praying in the new year sounds great!I hope 2011 is wonderful for you. And I remember seeing you online after 1 if you'll recall. ;-D

Lat, yes, it was nice! Thanks for your sweet comment. :)

OO, praying in the new year and eating ice cream sounds fantastic! I hope you can catch up on your sleep! :)