Sunday, January 1, 2017

Enjoy Every Minute of 2017!

Last night we celebrated the new year with lots of family and friends and it was so fun! We've never been home for New Years Eve and it was kind of awesome to get to celebrate in our own house this year. Nanny, Papa and Aunt Laura came over from Mtn. Home, Aunt Sarah and her family came up from Farmington and Uncle Joseph and his family came over too. Then our friends, the Fuhrimans, came over to celebrate as well.
This year's theme was "Enjoy Every Minute of 2017". So we played lots of "minute to win it" games and had spontaneous 1- minute dance parties. Oh and of course, ate lots of yummy food!
Here was the game counter set up. 

After eating, we started the games. The kids could hardly wait to play. The first game was the 1- minute cup stack game. All the kids liked this one and it wasn't too hard for the younger kids. 

Next up, the cookie face game. We placed a cookie on each of the kids foreheads and they had to wiggle their faces just right and try to get the cookie to fall into their mouths. I think Annalise got the closest. 
Then we had to eat the cookies!
Next up, donut on the string. This was hysterical. We had the younger kids go first and it was so funny to watch them. It was hard for them to resist using their hands. 
Tucker got in a few good bites before he gave up and used his hands. 
Then the older kids played. They took it a bit more seriously than the younger ones and they were so fun to watch. 

Then we did a game where the kids had to use chopsticks and transfer marshmallows from one bowl to the other. This took great concentration. 
Danny finally joined in on this one- him and Clark hadn't wanted to play any games thus far. 
After the marshmallow game, we did a cotton ball/Vaseline game. The kids got vaseline on their noses and then they dipped their noses into a pile of cotton balls and then tried to transfer the cotton balls into their bowls. 
There were lots of laughs during this game. 

I was seriously cracking up as I watched these kids. 
Then we did a Popsicle stick/ dice stacking game. The kids worked with partners and had to see how many dice they could stack on the end of their Popsicle stick before the time ran out. 

These four played all the games and got awesome prize medals- or chocolate medals. Aunt Sarah had to take her kids home before the games were over, but they got participation medals too. Clark and Danny didn't want to play, but they got medals anyways. 
Then it was time to ring in the new year. We did some fireworks in the front yard and the kids loved the sparklers and roman candles. 

Then we watched the countdown and tore apart our confetti poppers. 

It was such a fun night and a great way to ring in the new year- lots of laughter and smiles. 
I cannot believe it's 2017 now! Time is flying by so fast. This year we will welcome a new baby, Tanner will get baptized, I will turn the big 3-0 and Chris and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. That's a pretty big year for us and I can't wait to see what else the upcoming months hold in store for us!
Happy 2017 from the Herb Family!

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