Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Ringing in the New Year 2011...

We usually go to my sister's house for New Year's Eve and leave the kids at my mother-in-law's house. It generally involved a lot of fancy mixed drinks and bra snapping while playing The Newlywed Game.

Since my sister and her family decided to go to DISNEY WORLD for this New Year's (brats) and my MIL had overnight company for the holiday, Patrick and I were a bit dumbfounded as to what we were going to do. His best friend saved the day by inviting us and another family over to hang out and play their new Xbox Kinect. Lemme tell you this: that Kinect was AWESOME.
Piece of evidence #1: Justin is dancing. A lot. And sweating. He is EXERCISING. My mouth was quite ajar, I can assure you.
#2: Of course, nothing was more exciting than wondering just how many times Patrick's head would hit the ceiling fan. At 6'5", I was sure it would be a bloody night; especially after they switched the fan ON because THEY WERE SWEATING, TOO! Amazingly enough, he only knicked his HAND once while diving to spike the "volley ball" on the Kinect's sports game. I was mildly disappointed and had a rum and Coke to drown my misery.

Right here is where you would see a picture of me and Justin playing a brutal game of boxing on the Kinect except, oh RIGHT, riiiiiggghhht. Nobody ever takes a picture of ME unless I hand them the damn camera and demand that my presence be recorded. I forgot.

Anyway, it's quite liberating to punch a virtual child of yours and shout "Do your schoolwork! Stop complaining! CLEAN YOUR ROOM!!!" I actually hurt my shoulder from the force and think that we should have warmed up prior to playing the VIDEO GAME that made even ME sweat! (FYI, I don't sweat. I refuse to. If anything, I may glisten in the midst of a humid heatwave in August, but it won't last long because I'll be in a pool before the "glistening" becomes too much.)

The neighbors were really kind to provide tons of explosives to shoot over the street. It was awesome to stand outside and shiver in January in ILLINOIS. It was even cooler (according to Evan) to see the police come and give them their fines. DUH!! People: It's like, a $750 fine to shoot off fireworks in Illinois. Not worth it. But thanks for the show, nonetheless!
Not New Year's, but my house is overrun with vermin since Christmas. I fear the day that one of them gets entangled in someone's hair. Who's gonna place bets on the "when"??
Also Not New Year's, but I don't care. He's all smiley in this shot as we played the Settlers of America. Heh Heh. Just wait, kiddo. I will wipe that smile off of your smug little face TWO TIMES IN A ROW as my team conquers yours. This mama knows how to settle a continent!

Pats herself on her back...
Also ALSO Not New Year's (I guess I could rename the post but really? I don't think it's worth the effort, do you?). Blood! Blood, I tell you!!!! The floppy, dangly tooth met its match in the form of a pancake and some syrup. It was pretty gruesome.

I know he looks manic. He's also cross-eyed, but I'm not sure why. All I know is that Evan is about to be chased after with a camera again. I sure do love me some holey mouths...

15 comments:

Jeanne said...

If you live in Ohio, you could have just dropped them off here, with the gazillion other kids!

Julie said...

Nice! We, who have a sign that reads BURN BAN ON! as you enter the neighborhood, watched the cops hand out tickets to the dumb neighbors.

We have the pink vermin. Does your's make the sound "wee-ew?" It really makes us laugh. I hope it dies soon.

Michelle said...

If only the people who shoot off fireworks near me (nightly and very late and very long) were to get fined. Someday... I hope.

And Kinect ROCKS (Santa brought us one, too - come play!) - what was your favorite game? So far, we have only Adventures and Sonics racing game.

LceeL said...

Kinect is SO COOL. Now, when I say to my sons, "I'm gonna Knock You Out", they know I can.

heh, heh.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

My kids got some money from their grandpa. We WERE gonna make them put it in the bank... But I said a Kinect would be great for the winter. P.E. Class, right?!? :)

Lisa Fergus said...

lol! You're NYE looked like fun! I have the same problem with my family! Unless I put the camera in their hands and say "take a shot of me!" I'm not in any pictures!

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Stacia said...

A rum and Coke makes every holiday better and brighter. And that bloody smile? Takes the pancake. =>

Anonymous said...

The kinect looks amazing. I have never wanted an xbox before...

CaraBee said...

I want a Kinect. We can put it next to the Wii and Playstation and Game Cube we don't use.

Glad you had fun! Even if there is no photographic evidence of it. Happy new year!

nmaha said...

Hehehe.....looks like you guys really had fun. We do pretty similar stuff for New year's Eve. It's always family and all the kids are in.

nmaha said...

Oh! Happy New Year. Here's to another great year of blogging and unexpected friendships.

mep said...

I hear you on the no pictures of Mama thing. It's not like I need to see photos of myself, but someday, my kids might want to know that I was present for all their special moments.

I had no idea that there were fines for fireworks in Illinois. My next door (as in their house is three feet from mine) neighbors are big on fireworks and it always freaks me out.

The main thing I like about Zhu Zhus is the way my son pronounces their names.

Happy 2011!

Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

Kinect is so cool!

Melissa said...

We just got a Wii for Chrismtas, and I was SORE the first few days I played it. And you're so right about virtually boxing with your kids. What a release. LOL!

PS - Just so you know, it hurts quite a lot to have a rodent's wheels stuck in your hair. I know this from personal experience. ;-)

Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress said...

Love these pics! Looks like it was truly a blast over there!!

And.....BLOOD....I love that pic the most. Just priceless.

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