Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy 2008!

I feel as though I need to write something today, just because it's the first day of a new year. Damn, my mom wasn't kidding when she said, a long time ago, that time goes faster as you get older. I'll put the Christmas stuff away this weekend, then before I know it, summer will be here, and then it will be over and the kids will be starting a new school year, then the Christmas stuff will be out in the stores again, and I'll be getting my stuff out of the garage going "Dang, didn't we just do this?" That's the way it happened this year, anyway.

Our new years eve was activity-filled, to say the least. Steve and I both had to work yesterday morning, which left the girls home alone. We even let Kylie sleep in bed with Danni, because Danni convinced us that if Ky was in bed with her, she would know when Ky woke up. Haha. I called the house from work around 9:30am, no answer. Called Dan's cellphone, no answer. Called the house again...Kylie answers. I asked her what she was doing. She said she was watching the Wonder Pets. I ask if either one of her sisters are awake. She says no. Lovely. I had her put the phone up to Danni's ear, and I very sweetly said that she really needed to wake up and watch her sister. She mumbled something like "Mmm, ok, yeah, I'm up."


I got off work at 12:30pm, and met Steve at my mom's house, where he was waiting with Kylie and her little suitcase. Kylie got to spend the whole night at Mimi's house. Wasn't that awesome for me her? With Kylie safely stashed at my mom's, we headed to the employee tailgate party for the college bowl game held here yesterday. You know, the one that's not the Fiesta Bowl. It's partially sponsored by the company that Steve works for, so we get two free tickets to the tailgate party and two free tickets to the game every year. I love the tailgate party, because they have free food and free beer/wine. Since Steve doesn't really drink, and I had my own personal designated driver, I took full advantage of the free mini bottles of white zin.

Now, this is most definitely not a BCS bowl, so don't get all excited. The teams were...The Omaha School of Truck Driving vs. West Northeastern Montana State. Ok, not really. It was actually Oklahoma State against Indiana. While I'm sure they are two very nice schools and two very nice teams, it gets kind of boring when you really don't give a flying fig who wins the game. Although I must say that the section of Indiana fans we were sitting next to had a very interesting arm/fist pumping maneuver that they did, resembling someone milking a cow. I have no idea what it meant, other than the team just did something good. Unfortunately, they didn't get to do this very much, because Oklahoma State won the game by... a lot. Luckily for me though, they did sell bottles of Bacardi raspberry coolers at the game. Thank goodness we left at halftime, or we probably would have been bankrupt. The drinks inside the stadium are most definitely not free.

We headed home to pick up Shannon, stopping at the grocery store on the way for more wine, some Butterscotch Schnapps, and champagne. We went to a small party at a friend's house. An intimate gathering of mostly close friends, which was awesome. We know these people from the elementary school where Shannon went, so she had three of her friends there, plus friend's sister and her friend. The girls had been in school together since kindergarten, so we've known these people a long time. Six girls (somehow most of our friends have girls, go figure)and 8 adults; three couples and two single women. We sat out in the backyard most of the night around a fire pit, drinking and laughing, while the girls played a Wii, made s'mores, and giggled and gossiped as girls do. Oh, did I mention the boys (that'd be my husband, host's husband, and third friend's husband) had fireworks, and decided to shoot them off in the backyard periodically? Just small fireworks, which is big fun, right? Except that all fireworks are illegal in this state. So, right around midnight, we had this:

"Happy New Year!!!"

Kissing and hugging all around.

Ding dong.

"Oh...hello officers."

Yep, one of the neighbors called the cops on our fireworks. So the three boys got to stand out in front of the house and chat with the two police officers about their fireworks, and how they sound like gunfire to some people, and how fireworks are a big no-no. Meanwhile, you can totally hear fireworks going off everywhere as they're standing there talking. Luckily, they got off with the verbal reprimand and did not get a citation.

Oh, I forgot...Danni was at a band party. Her high school marching band hosted a lock-in type party for other bands that were here visiting for the National Pageant of Bands, which is part of the Fiesta Bowl activities. It was at the school, and there were supposed to be about 1500 kids there. Danni said it was fun, but when Steve went and picked her up at midnight (just after his conversation with the officers), she arrived at the party kind of pissy because apparently she didn't get to spend any time with boyfriend during the evening. And then she had to come to our lame little party. Excuse me for a moment while I try and work up a little sympathy for her.

Never mind, can't do it. Anyway, we only stayed until about 1am. Shannon stayed the night at host's house, so we only had one kid last night. I think I slept on and off until about 10:30am, when my mom called to make sure we were awake, then said she was bringing Kylie home. Damn. Yay. At least I was feeling pretty good by that time. I can't say the same if I had been forced to get up at say, 7am, when I had just a bit of a headache.

So, here we are, New Year's Day, 2008. I am...at work, of course. But, for what I'm getting paid for the holiday, I don't mind. Danni is going to be gone all day tomorrow. Why, you ask? Well, she's going to the Fiesta Bowl. Actually, her entire band is going to the Fiesta Bowl. If you watch the game tomorrow, and happen to catch the pre-game festivities, there will be a huge, field-sized American flag unfurled before the game for the national anthem. All those kids holding the flag up and making it wave? That will be Danni's school's marching band. They actually get to stay for the game too, which by the way IS a BCS bowl. So she gets to go to the major bowl game here, and I get to go to the...oh, never mind. I gave up trying to figure that stuff out a long time ago. Heh. Suffice it to say, between the two bowl games, pretty much everyone from the state of Oklahoma is in Arizona this week. Or so it would seem. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I think I'm going to take Kylie and Shannon (if she wants to go) to see Enchanted tomorrow with Jen and maybe Gracie? Good times. It's supposed to be a cute movie.

Hey y'all, today is Jen's birthday! Happy Birthday Jen!!!

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