Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2009 everyone!!  I know we celebrated the ocassion a few hours after most, but it was one of the most amazing experiences.  Normally we spend New Year's Eve watching movies, playing board games, and watching the ball drop in Times Square.  Not this year!  Ringing in the New Year is quite the ordeal here in Hawaii and we were able to take it in with our non-military friends at their house on the other side of the island.  We had a cook out in their yard.  Fireworks go off everywhere from the minute it gets dark until 1 am.  Smoke is constantly hazing over everything.  The kids played with sparklers and poppers, and enjoyed all the neighboring displays of arial fireworks all night.  Anna and Asher actually made it to midnight!  I think all the action and loud noise kept them going.  There was so much noise, Jesse wasn't able to konk out until 11pm.  We had so much fun.

Asher learning how to write his name with a sparkler.

Anna even enjoyed the fireworks...but only with earplugs in the whole night.  Yes, it was that loud!  She called them her earrings.

Our friends made homemade malasadas, a YUMMY Hawaiian delicacy.  You can never go wrong with fried dough and sugar.

This was the sight at midnight.  Behind me are strings and strings of firecrackers hung from a bar over the road going off.  The camera couldn't grasp the arial fireworks going off all around at the same time.

and of course New Year's Day was spent watching football.  GO HOKIES!!!  We also enjoyed some Kailua Pig and cabbage over rice with our neighbors which I think now is going to be our New Year's Day tradition.  My parents always had cabbage or saurkraut on New Year's Day.  Isn't it supposed to bring good luck to the New Year?

I hope you all had a great time celebrating.  Happy New Year!

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