After the big week of Christmas celebrations, not much was happening on New Years Eve. We had made our own plans quite early, since Nathan was on stand by this morning from 7am.
We just wanted to be home. I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate with the kids. They are big enough now to stay up to see in the new year.
We started in the late afternoon by team working to pack away Christmas. Having help meant it all was done really fast, yay. Everything went, decorations, Santas, Christmas towels etc, the Christmas tree - all of it! It felt so good!
Usually I miss the decorations, and the lights above all, but this year it actually felt super nice to have everything back to normal so quickly. Like we were starting the new year all fresh!
We had planned to cook fondue for dinner. This is a tradition I bring with me from my childhood. In our family we always had fondue on New Years Eve - well, my parents still do!
It took us most of the day to source the fuel for it though... In the end we found some 'fire gel' which ended up working perfectly.
We dressed up nicely, Linnea thought the girls should have tiaras to make it extra special, so ok!
The kids had never tried fondue before and they were hooked from the first piece of meat! They thought this was the best dinner ever! Lucas just kept repeating in between each piece of meat:
-"This is a really nice dinner!"
It was a really nice dinner! A huge success all around. It was great to see that the kids could actually sit and enjoy their food for more than 5 minutes.
After dinner it was time for dessert. A Pavlova looking thing and some nice chocolate:
We then passed the time with some Monopoly playing before we settled in with some goodies to watch a movie. We had planned to watch the very suitable "New Years Eve", but when it started and it was in german *duh*, we had to go for plan B - "The 12 dogs of Christmas - Great puppy rescue".
The movie finished exactly 5 minutes before midnight, which just gave us time to fill our glasses and take our places on the sofas. Yes ON the sofas... - we did the big countdown together and then jumped into the New Year, as per tradition!
As there's not really any fireworks displays going on here in Brunei, we were then all in bed by 00.10! A great New Year Eve, one of my best for sure!