Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My How Times Have Changed

I think I was a bit misleading in my previous post when I wrote that I was hoping the snow wouldn't call off our New Years Eve plans. Perhaps I made it sound as though we had some fabulous party to go to or something. Nope. Nothing like that.


I used to hope for snow on New Years Eve. Snow always ensured a fabulous time. Back in our pre-kids days Todd and I used to take about 8 or 10 of our best friends up to his parents' cabin to go skiing over New Years Eve. We would hit the slopes all day and then ring in the new year dancing and drinking at the ski lodge's bar. It was a blast.

Things have changed. We haven't done that in years. Now our plans for New Years Eve are slightly different.


Today we will be taking the boys to one of their favorite places. Cabela's. Do you know of it? It is a sporting goods store. But not just any sporting goods store. It has a fish aquarium you can walk through, huge displays of tents and boats, a two story mountain with hundreds of animals mounted around it, a museum off all different animals, a restaurant, a candy store, and so much more. We went to Cabelas once last winter and the boys have been begging to go back. We thought it would be a good day to spend an afternoon there again. It is about an hour from where we live so we needed the weather to cooperate enough to let us make the drive. Luckily, we didn't get too much snow.


Hopefully we will have enough time to hit the fabulous mall that is nearby and then find a fun restaurant on our way home. Would you believe me if I told you I am just as excited as the boys about this little field trip? Cause I am.


When we finally arrive home after that funfilled day we'll throw our own little party with an appetizer dinner. Again, all the boys' favorites. Cheese and crackers and sausage, fresh fruit, chips and dip, shrimp, donut holes, and of course the most important part. Juice in wine glasses! It is very exciting people. I am actually looking forward to it myself. Sure it is no hip-happening ski lodge. But it is my family all warm and safe and happy together. How could I ask for more?

I hope you all have a wonderful Eve and a blessed and happy New Year.

53 comments:

Laura said...

It all sounds wonderfully, perfect. And it sounds like you do have a fabulous party-day to attend....

Wishing you all the best for the new year!

Jaysi said...

My son loves Cabela's too!

It is funny how things change once you have kids! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

Riahli said...

That really sounds like a fun day with the boys, I would be excited too!

I don't know if any of my boys will make it until midnight, it is the only night of the whole year were there is no bed time, so I think Bubu at least will be excited about that, even though I have my doubts about how long he will last.

I'm not all that excited about staying up late, but I am excited about the anticipation of hopefully sleeping in until 7 am. Woo-hoo! I swear though my early bird, the littlest, can stay up all night and still wake with the crack of dawn, so when I say hopefully, I do mean hopefully...

Happy New Year! :)

Kat said...

Riahli- There is no way I'm letting my boys stay up until midnight. They would be little demons the next day. Ugh. I don't even know if I'll make it to midnight. ;)
Good luck staying up!

Brittany said...

sounds like an amazing evening, to me! :) We are having a bunch of teenagers over. Should be interesting. haha. But the appetizer dinner is something we do here, too! :)

Allison said...

That sounds really fun! Enjoy and be safe!

Dani said...

Sounds like a great time!!! I have been to Cabelas before... what a great place!!! Enjoy your juice toast!!! I am not there yet but will be before I know it!!! Happy New Year!

Amy said...

You still have a lot more planned then us. I am hoping we can make it to the countdown. Our family loves Cabelas! The closest one to us is 2 1/2 hours. We want to take our kids to the Bass Pro Shop in Vegas (2 1/2 hours the other way). It's pretty cool too. Have lots of fun and a safe trip.

Kristin said...

Awww...that's sound likes a wonderful New Years Eve outting! I can imagine your excitement! I'm excited for you;) Hope you all had a blast! Happy New Year!

Cyndi said...

That sounds like a really fun day. I hope it all goes exactly like you want.

CissaLynn said...

Awww! Have a great day and a wonderful New Year's eve!!! :)

Tonya said...

We love that store too. We have one about 20 minutes from us. I wonder if it is the same one! Hmm. I hope you have a fabulous time with your family.

Tammy said...

Have a wonderful day with the family. We love Cabela's. Happy New Year.

Dawn said...

There is a Cabela's a couple of hours away from me...I'm going to have to check it out. Happy new year, I wish you all the best!

lime said...

oh we know cabela's alright and all the taxidermied glory of cabelas. it's like a wild and wooly museum there! have fun and happy new year to you all.

Kelly said...

We will have very similar new years. We drove 2 hours to St Louis yesteday and we hit a Cabela's too!! Tonight we are making fun snacks and pizza and cuddling up to watch a movie with the boys. No big partying for us. We spend all day new years day doing that with all of our family, playing games and eating so we take it easy tonight. I wish I could say my house was back in order though!!!

Glad you are all healthy again at your house. Was Tommy the only sick one??

Momisodes said...

I LOVE the idea of an appetizer dinner. I will have to remember the juice in wine glasses next year. You are so clever!

Wishing you and your family a happy new year!

HM said...

Yes times have changed but that sounds like an awesome way to bring in the New Year!

Lisa said...

Hope it all worked out just as you hoped. Our kids were at the grandparents, but we still were low-key. And loved it!
Happy New Year!

Nissa said...

Yep, our exciting evenings after kids are much different from those without kids. I hope it was wonderful, Kat!

Fire Hunt said...

Happy New Year!

Jewelgirl said...

Happy New Year!
Think Pink! :)

Roxy Wishum said...

That is a great way to transition from one year to the next. Your boys are blessed, as will be your daughter (?). I am thankful to have found your blog and your thoughtful writing have enhanced my 2008. I hope your year has been good so far.

Beck said...

I know Cabela's from my dad's hunting catalog collection! I hope you guys were still able to go out and have some fun.
Best wishes for 2009!
xo

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Did the boys love it? I think it sounds like a great NYE. We actually stayed up until 10:30 last night - and that is saying something.

Elaine A. said...

Sounds like the perfect plans to me... hope you all had a great evening Kat
Best wishes for a wonderful 2009! : )

Dianna said...

Sounds like heaven to me *sigh*...

Wendy said...

That's funny... our New Year's Eve parties since having kids always consist of staying home, watching movies and snacking on appetizer-type food all night and letting the kids stay up as late as they can. (Will actually made it to midnight last year.)

Happy New Year!

Golightly said...

Sounds like our kind of day! WE were going to go to the aquarium, but never got out of the house.

It didn't help that we were too cold in our 60 degree weather. I know, I know. But we had a nice New Year's Eve anyway.

Blessings From Above said...

Happy New Year and may you be blessed beyond your wildest dreams in 2009!

Cara said...

Sound like a perfect New Year celebration. I use to get all dressed up, go to a hoping party, throw a huge party at the shore, you name it. The past 3 New Years have been very quite and relaxing, just what I need!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

My husband is a little jealous--he adores Cabelas.

April said...

Happy New Year! Hope you had a great time at Cabela's...hubby (and I) love that store!!

Bren said...

You can't ask for much more than wonderful memories with your family!

Happy New Year!

Amy said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me! Hope you guys had a blast and Happy New Year!

CC said...

Happy New Year! Have to laugh that your big plans are to go to a sporting goods store! ;)

Chaotic Joy said...

I LOVE spending New Years with my family and I actually find these times immeasurably more satisfying then the inevitable build up and let down I experienced before the arrived.

Happy New Year, friend, you have much to be thankful for!

Kirst said...

Sounds like a day/night of fun events! Not quite like the old days but definitely special in the way of the memories you're creating for your boys.

Happy New Years!

coastrat said...

Have a great New Year, Kat!

4funboys said...

Happy New Year!

My boys would love a sporty place like that. I've never heard of it... course, they don't really know about snow either. humph

Kristen said...

That actually sounds perfect to me too!! Hoping you had a fabulous day and evening, and were able to enjoy your dinner out with the boys! :)

Happy New Year friend, can't wait to keep reading about your adventures!

Tracey said...

Hope you had a great time. And that you are feeling well...

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Happy New Year, Sweet Friend!

Here's to toasting with kiddoes -- sparkling juice in a delicately fluted lenox champagne goblet clutched by a chubby toddler's hand! That brings in the New Year with a smiiiiile. How well I remember it. Now they do the pouring, but not the real bubbly, of course. (I prefer the real bubbly myself, however -- cheers!)

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh Cabela's is a MUST for this family too. Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year Kat!

painted maypole said...

sounds lovely. i was at my parents, and we played card games until the ball dropped! :)

kimmy said...

Glad you had a safe and warm new year's with your family! Hard to believe that it is already 2009!

Kimmy

Hilary said...

It sounds cozy and wonderful to me. Happy New Year to you and yours. :)

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

My son loves cabelas - (are you near me) - Happy New Year!!

Midwest Mom said...

How long 'til they're old enough for ski school? We're counting down at our place. Looks like 2009 will be it!

Our New Year's Eve party with the kids always contains silly hats, homemade confetti (with countdowns and confetti-tossing at 8, 9, *and* 10 pm if they last that long) and a huge buffet dessert of chocolate fondue. We get messy pictures every year, but it sure is fun. :)

Hope you are having a wonderful first week of January! -MM

krissy said...

I do know Cabela's but I don't think I get that excited about it. I hate seeing dead animals. It's a quirk of mine. Especially when I am eating. Around here there are steak houses with deer heads, moose heads, buffalo heads that stare you down when you eat. It's freaky actually.

Tonya said...

I hope you are doing ok because you haven't blogged in over a week.

CissaLynn said...

Hey Kat!!! Hope all is well! Missing you, girl!!!! :))

Kristen said...

Yup, just another one of your "friends" who have noticed your absence!

Hoping all is well and you are just resting! :)

Talk soon?

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