Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This is How We Rung in the New Year

It's a little comical how we spent the first hours of 2016. It's fit to be my first confession post of the new year and I hope you enjoy.

We had no plans of how we were going to ring in the new year leading up to it. Did we need to go buy a few bottles of wine or did I need to go find a new party dress? Did we want to drive and be out on the town dancing like last year, or did we just want to spend it looking into each other's eyes like the year before?

We chose staying in with two bottles of wine, college football and some board games. We even shared a *toast*.

The funny thing about our night is that we stressed over what we were going to make for dinner as our last meal of such a momentous year. With nothing that was so perfect, we finally decided to prepare a batch of hamburger helper. You know, in case we drank too much and needed sustenance for the wee hours of the morning. It turns out that was a perfect last meal of the year, and possibly a tradition was born.

The hours from midnight turned into minutes from midnight as we played board games, laughed, dreamed and competed.

Midnight struck with the kiss, the look, the promise, the text messages from family and friends and then that strange feeling to do something spectacular with this gift of a new year. We were having a great time playing board games and card games but once the new year hit, we took a blast to the past as he showed me some of his tried and true college drinking games that I'd never seen before.

I saw him get a cartoon-grade thought lightbulb and all of a sudden we were pulling twelve beers out of the fridge for his next grand idea.

Power Hour.

Yes, the kind you might have played in college and never really made it through successfully. At least I couldn't. If you're ever in the market for such an activity, YouTube has a delightful collection of power hours. Music decades, music genres, comedy scenes, retro TV, anything. We chose a comedy sequence and had some laughs with old favorites, coached each other through with encouragement like,  "no  you're too far ahead" or "no you still owe one!!!" 

We capped off the night on our small apartment balcony with me in my shortest shorts in 30-degree weather, him with as many layers as he could put on, a heat dish, two cigars and 90's power hour music coming from inside of the apartment. Conversation, elation, care and plans for the new year ahead of us.

It was a night I'll never forget despite all of the things that I may not remember. But it was the way we started the year and I guess you can say that we can only go up from there!

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16 comments

P!nky said...

What a fun and special NYE! Cheers to a new tradition :)!

Nadine Lynn said...

Now that my friend, is the way to spend NYE!!! Sounds like perfection! I love that you have a toasting with toast picture. And 90's music is the only way to rock the new year.

Katy Coffee said...

YES! I love everything about this :)

Life with Lolo said...

This is perfect in every way, from power hour to your real toast and hamburger helper. Sounds like something that needs to be tradition for sure. Although I have to say even just typing power hour makes me throw up a little in my mouth. Damn you college.

Monica L said...

Sounds like a great time! I'm definitely checking out Power HOur!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i have never heard of power hour but it sounds like a hangover waiting to happen haha. that toast picture is legit adorable. you guys are too cute i almost can't stand it. kc and i kissed and then we were both like holy crap i'm tired. and went to sleep. life. happy 2016 :)

alyssa said...

Honestly, this sounds like more fun and a better way to spend New Year's Eve than most of my celebrations in years past. You guys are a special pair—and I mean that in the best way possible :) cheers to you and many more special things in 2016.

Courtney@PancakesandSparkles said...

That sounds like a great NYE celebration! You get to stay in the warm, drinking and having fun. I went out NYE and it was way to crowded for my liking so wish I stayed in. Heres to a new tradition! Love that picture of the toast.

Amy's Fashion Blog said...

We did the same thing on NYE. Minus the toast. Glad you had a great New Years.

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Tracy said...

You guys could not be any more adorable and neither could this story. It sounds like you spent your NYE in the most *you* way possible, and that's more special than any party dress or fancy dinner could ever be! Cheers to the new year!

Sarah :: Plucky in Love said...

Adorable! I love that sort of celebration full of love and personal touches. :)

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

Awwwww sounds like you guys had a good time ringing in the New Year!

BLovedBoston said...

Power hour!! How fun! I'm going to go out on a limb and say one of the new years ever for you! xo, Biana

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

ha! the toast was cute. i fell asleep at 1030pm!

lil desiqua said...

I love everything about this: Board games, hamburger helper, 90's music, and power hour. Mine was spent similarly- board games and drinks (though no "toast" or power hour)! I haven't played that in for-ev-er. My friend used to make mixed CD's that were had 1-min long snippets to play with, but I would always take every other "shot" of beer, because the carbonation just got to be too much!

Sounds like the perfect way to bring in the new year!

Kay R. said...

Im so so happy for you and the love you have found. It sounds so special. That to me was a great way to ring in the new year!