New Year’s Eve

Kalia playing guitar with the grown-ups

Kalia playing guitar with the grown-ups

Last night was New Year’s Eve and rather than my usual festive 10 o’clock bedtime, I went to my son Darin and Amanda’s house for a party with my grown kids, Robin and Nici, Marty and Jeanette, Nellie, and Melvin (after he was finished work at 10 p.m.), and grandchildren Kalia and Livi.  I wasn’t sure that I should go and ‘crash’ their party:  you know, “Mom” there……..  But they insisted, especially my granddaughters Kalia and Livi.    Besides, they all didn’t fit in one car and I’m always the designated driver…..

Livi taking orders

Livi taking orders

We were abit late in getting going so Kalia called us at 5:30 p.m. and wondered when we’d arrive, so we got our act together and packed the board games and snacks (Jeanette made delicious homemade salsa) and left right away.   When we arrived, Darin had the chicken wings, popcorn chicken, hummus, and pita all ready to eat.    We were greeted at the door by Kalia and Livi, who were the most charming hostesses.  They offered to get us beverages and snacks all night long.  Then, shortly into the evening, they decided to start “room service” like their Auntie Kristi did decades ago.  Oh, they’d still fetch anything alright……. for a small fee.  Once the girls finally agreed on an appropriate sum, they made a list on their chalkboard.  Kalia “got it” and even kept a tab for anyone who wanted.  But 7 year old Livi was so excited to receive money AND give change, she often gave a nickel back for a penny earned!  It all worked out by the end of the night as they were given ‘New Years’ tips !

Room Service List

Room Service List

Then all the guitars and Kalia’s ukulele were brought out and an impromptu ‘jam’ began.  Everyone got to suggest a favourite so songs like “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “Moonshadow” were played and sung.



Kalia played a song or two on her guitar to grateful thunderous applause!  Then it was Livi’s turn to sing.  After a little coaxing for a half an hour, she began singing for us, for what seemed like hours!  And she was pretty darn good too!  At times she asked for ukulele/guitar accompaniment.  Most of her songs were made up on the spot:  I especially liked her 4 minute song about things she likes to drink from –  oranges, lemons, the sea, bananas, palm trees, the clouds, etc.



Darin made more snacks and we broke out the salsa and tostitos.  There was a lively discussion around the snacks table as well as a board game of Carcassonne on the coffee table.

When it was 11:58 p.m., Kalia and Livi ran to the kitchen to get pots and wooden spoons to bang outside the back door at the stroke of midnight while yelling “Happy New Year!!” for anyone awake (or asleep) to hear!

Banging Pots and yelling Happy New Year!

Banging Pots and yelling Happy New Year!

Not long after, I left with Nellie and Jeanette to head for home.  Snow and wind induced snow squalls had whipped up, drifting snow across the main road.  Fortunately, our drive home was less than 10 minutes!

We had a great New Years’ Eve at Darin and Amanda’s house this year with plenty of live entertainment.

Happy New Year!  The best of health and happiness to every one of you.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Betty
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 20:31:01

    Sounds like ya’s had a lot of fun!!… I wish I had been there to see Kalia play the guitar and to hear Livi sing!!… I bet they were awesome!!… What a nice way to spend New Year’s Eve… with your children and grandchildren… and I bet Livi and Kalia LOVED banging those pots and pans at midnight!!… Happy New Year to my precious sister and her family… 2013 is going to be an awesome year!!!… Love all of you!!…

    Bet… xo


    • grammomsblog
      Jan 01, 2013 @ 20:34:35

      Yes we had a really great time Bet. Kalia and Livi were the BEST entertainment EVER!
      Happy New Year to you and everyone out there on the Island! Love you too!


  2. df
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 23:36:41

    Sounds like you all had a grand time; happy new year!


  3. thatoldschoolgirl
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 11:08:41

    Looks like fun.


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