Saturday, January 05, 2013

Saturday Snapshot 1/5

At Home with Books hosts Saturday Snapshot.

For many years, we have spent the week after Christmas in Oklahoma, visiting my husband's parents. We always have a festive little New Year's Eve celebration, complete with hats, horns, streamers, English crackers, and sparkling juice. When our boys were young, we would do our countdown and celebration at 8 pm! This worked out well for my mother-in-law and I, too, since she had Parkinson's and I have my own chronic illness, so we couldn't always make it until midnight anyway.

Our boys are now 14 and 18 and much, much taller than I am! My mother-in-law passed away two years ago, so it's just the five of us now on New Year's Eve, but we still enjoy our celebration tradition. We can now stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV (thank goodness Oklahoma is in Central Time, so I can still get to bed by 11:30!).

Here are some pictures of then and now. We love our little celebration!

Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve 2004 with Grandma and Grandad

New Year's Eve 2012 with Grandad


  1. Lovely tradition! Nice to compare the past with the present.

    my Saturday Snapshot.
    I hope you will stop by! And Happy New Year!

  2. How nice to have that family tradition -- and that your teenagers will still allow you to post pictures of them wearing funny hats! :) Sounds like a lovely tradition.

  3. Love the hats! We used to do that!

  4. Sounds like a fun family tradition! We watched the ball drop on tv at 9pm and called it good. I think it's the first year that I haven't stayed up till midnight (and probably a sign of age that I don't even remember if it's the first time I've gone to bed early on New Years). :)

  5. Great photos and you have priceless memories!
    My SS

  6. What a sweet tradition, and glad the boys are still going along for the trip. My boys are 16 and 18. They resist long family trips. Here's Mine

  7. What nice family pictures. We had a quiet Christmas with just the two of us, then had a second celebration a few days later when our two daughters and their boyfriends came to visit, which was wonderful.

  8. Sweet to look back on these photos.

  9. Bear With Me...great family bonding♫