New Year's Eve when I was either five or six years of age I remember playing and dancing around with my cousins (my dad's sister's kids). I don't recall who was watching us, but my parents were at a New Year's Eve Dance. The next morning I remember playing with my cousins "keep the balloon in the air" with a pink, dusty, sad-looking, not-fully-inflated-anymore balloon. After fighting over the balloon, Mom and Dad told us they had a surprise waiting in the van for us. We ran out to find a van stuffed full of white balloons! What a thrill for us all!
October 1996, when my sister Leslie's wedding reception was over and we were cleaning up we gave all the balloons (which were also white) to a family with young children. They were so thrilled as we stuffed their van full of them. It reminded me of that wonderful New Year's Day as a young child.
A few weeks ago, we had a Christmas Mommy Store Extravaganza. Each child got to go to the Mommy store separately to pick out gifts for their siblings. The prized, most coveted gifts of all the glorious options were the red and green balloons. They are still enjoying a few dusty balloons leftover from Christmas.
Tonight I was planning on blowing up tons and tons of balloons for them to play with to bring in the New Year. But I have a nasty cough due to bronchitis and asthma (acommpanied with the flu and and ear infection). No one wants phlegm-filled balloons. And I'm not entirely sure, but I think I may have a mild latex allergy (kiwis kill). So, I'm going to bribe Danny to expend his energy into blowing up eleventy-billion balloons for the kids. This will be the first New Year's in a long, LONG time without something on t.v. We have decided to give up t.v., videos, dvd's, XBOX, Nintendo, etc. I expect we'll have a very productive new year.
I'll probably be sleeping in late tomorrow. So, I'll update y'all with my New Year's Resolutions in a couple days. I know you're just holding your breath!