Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wow! It is 2009! I have to say 2008 was one of the longest years in my life! Sam agreed too. It is hard being half way around the world from family and friends. :( We love you guys. Well. . . we were so excited to welcome in the new year. We decided to for-go all the mandatory military activities and do something more family oriented. I am so glad we did! There is this BEAUTIFUL botanical garden here. Every winter they decorate the whole place up with lights. They do a light show with fireworks for new years! We decided to go with our neighbors. Here is a really cool pic of one of the areas they lit up.When we first got there all the employees were dressed up like Santa's helpers. It was so cute.
They also opened up really awesome play areas for the kids. Somehow everything looks more magical in the dark. The girls went WILD.

Sam and I had to join in on the fun too. It got really dark - even with all the lights, so Sam bought the girls these cute lightsabers. (Did I mention we LOVE Star Wars.) The girls quickly broke out into Jedi fights. They were really getting into it.

Of course the dads saw the girls having fun, so they stole the lightsabers from them. I thought they were funnier than the kids.
We ended the night with the beautiful light show. There were all these lasers and stuff. I couldn't get a clear picture of it though. :(
Over all it was a wonderful day! We hope your New Years was wonderful too! Happy New Year! Hope each of you has a GREAT 2009!


SouthAsiaRocks said...

Wow! That place looks cool! How fun! I love it! Those light sabers are awesome too! haha!

So what happens if you miss mandatory stuff??

DaceeB said...

Thankfully because we are both military we can use the other branch as an excuse. Sam just said he was hanging out with Navy people, which is true because our neighbors work with me. Marine Corps events always involve a TON of alcohol, so we really didn't want to go. Thankfully, they were cool about it.