Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy New Year!

We've been down with bad colds the last couple of weeks, so this is a little tardy, but...
Happy New Year!
We had the pleasure of having my aunt and uncle and their 3 kids, as well as my mom and dad and my 3 siblings come over for New Year's Eve. It was great fun. We ate very unhealthy food and engaged in dangerous pyro-maniac behavior- all the things that make New Year's Eve what it should be.

Daddy and Bryan got lots of good pictures...

Steffen got to know his Tante Marina.

Opa got attacked by his boys.

The girls sprayed their hair bright pink for the occasion.

Samuel and David treated us to a fireworks display. We let them (with a little supervision- or was it encouragement?- from Bryan) handle all the dangerous stuff while we shivered under comforters. It was about 34 degrees and very windy.

Steffen kept warm, though.

And Carsten kept the fire going.

We came inside and rang in the New Year. There were all sorts of noisy and mess-making bright colored things. And we sang Auld Lang Syne, with "da-da-dums" where the some of the words should have been.

(Yes, it took about two hours to clean everything up the next day. I thought about using a shovel and hose...)
The cousins had a good time seeing each other again.

And, although the adults aren't as cute as the kids, I'll stick some pictures in here just for Mutti, who always complains that we're never in the pictures:

Finally, this shot of Justin, with his crooked hat, dirty face, and full glass, just seems to epitomize the end of a very fun New Year's Eve.