This New Year’s Eve the boys and I ventured out for their first ever New Year’s Eve party at our new friends’ house. They played and pillow fought, roasted and ate countless marshmallows and lit sparklers. They caught their marshmallow sticks on fire and waved them around. We sent large paper hot air balloons up in the air. There were all kinds of things to elicit “Gran nervousness” had she been there and some Momma nervousness too, but they had a great time and there were no injuries. At 9 pm (which is midnight in Dubai) my friend Natascha gathered all the children together with a light for the sun and globe and talked about how midnight came first in one part of the world and then moved around the earth. We talked about traditions, how in Vienna at midnight people eat some kind of fish (ours were cookies). The fish symbolizes good luck and so you eat the tail first so it can’t swim away. We danced the waltz. My friend is from England, so we listened to the bells of Big Ben strike twelve and sang Old Lang Syne and danced to that. We threw confetti like in America. We said “Happy New Year” in Arabic. The children had Kindersekt (children’s champagne).
We left soon after the festivities to join Adam at home before midnight. Gabriel and Sebastian gave out quickly once we were home. The rest of us watched part of Fantastic 4 while we waited for midnight and then stopped and watched the fire works going off all over the city from our apartment window. There were lots of them. Some were far off. One hit our apartment window soon after we closed it which caused a bit of excitement.
It was a really fun time.
We have spent a quiet New Year’s Day. Adam and I managed to stay in bed until 10:30 and woke up to falling snow. We went out on our own for omelettes and coffee. We’ve played lots of games, both board games and video games. The boys have enjoyed staying in pajamas all day.