January 4, 2010

rockin' new year

For New Year's Eve we do something we call "Club Bratcher." We dress up in our silliest outfit, eat some black-eyed peas, then blast some Black Eyed Peas and dance the night away. This year we even had a strobe light!

To help get our party started, I made a colorful garland to string above our dinner table...
new year's eve garland


True made a "Happy New Year" sign...
happy new year


The girls got a New Year present, which was a new sketchbook for the new year...
new year's presents


Ben made Grilled Insalata Di Mare, which is seriously so yum that everyone must try it...
new year's eve dinner


Of course, he also made black-eyed peas as it is tradition to have that before we dance...
new year's eve dinner


After we all indulged in the yummy food, we got the party started and danced...
dancing


And danced...
dancing the night away


And danced...
dancing the night away
Okay, actually Ben and I got out-danced by Brave and True as we were exhausted, but the strobe light was giving them some magical energy despite the late hour. Nevertheless, we all rocked the night away and rang in the New Year together.
we rock
We've got a feeling 2010 will bring lots of good things. It already started pretty great!!!

36 comments:

  1. LOVE that last photo! What a great family shot to start the new year!!!

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  2. merry christmas and happy new year to all of you crazy beautiful people. Congratulations on the new little one too!
    Nan x

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  3. haha that last photo is pricless, sounds like you had a great one!

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  4. I've got a feeling the Crume Family needs to start a new tradition! How fabulous!

    I sooooo enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing all the "stuff" of life with us!

    Megan
    www.thecrumes.blogspot.com

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  5. The last photo is fabulous! I heart your blog, lovely photos and creative talent!

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  6. your family is truly adorable! your daughter's are going to have such fun family memories! <3

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  7. this is so wonderful! it is going to be a magical year for sure! happy new year to you and yours!! xoxo

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  8. Awesome! Happy New Year!

    BTW, "i gotta a feeling" was officially our new favorite christmas song, especially on Christmas eve. smiles = )

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  9. Hi!
    Those black eyed peas look great! It's our tradition to eat them too, but I never knew a fun and easy way to prepare them.
    Happy New Year!

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  10. so cute!!!

    we were so exhausted we all slept our way into the new year. ha ha ha.

    would your hubby mind sharing those delicious looking recipes??? i want that salad AND those bruschetta like tasties... YUM! that is food that belongs in my home, stat!

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  11. you guys are too awesome. that last picture needs to be framed and hung above the fireplace. really.

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  12. Oh man, that looks like so much fun!

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  13. susan- i linked to both the recipes. you must try it! so yum!!! we are still savoring some leftovers from the salad. we will be sad to see it gone!

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  14. Fantastic! We always eat black eyed peas at my Meemaws but we got back early this year so I considered making them for just us and listening to the Black Eyed Peas' song I Gotta Feeling because we listened to that the morning Ruby was born!

    Great minds, I tell ya! Thanks for sharing your fun times with us!

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  15. You look like you have a fun family! Happy New Year! And that food looks yummy!

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  16. hey! i really love your blog, it makes me excited to someday start a family and make a home.

    this made me think of you:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28958961@N03/3029247310/

    happy new year!

    Hannah

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  17. ha, ha! so very cute! I love the Bratchers and all their super cool traditions! You guys rock :)

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  18. Your babygirls look super cute in their little tutus & I love that family portrait.

    Much love for 2010
    Charlotte x

    http://nouveaufemme.blogspot.com

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  19. As always you grace us with such fun photos.... the girls look like they are having lots of fun dancing...makes me want to wear a tutu,too. :) I bet Soul can't wait to get bigger so that she can share in the fun,too.You guys are just so fun... you prove that you don't need lots of money to have real fun... those memories are priceless!

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  20. Once again your family is too cute! I love your outfits too :)

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  21. what an inspiring, adorable family! reading your blogs makes me excited for my own when i grow up!

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  22. Oh-My-Goodness! That looks like it was soooo much fun! What a blast and amazing looking treats!
    Happy New Year!
    Cheers!

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  23. What fun family pix! Soooo cute :) You're gonna love those pix even more in the years to come.
    The shrimp and greens looks fabulous! We had black-eyed peas, too. I made Hoppin' John, a Southern dish.
    When I read your title about "Rockin'" I assumed you got a new rocking chair - guess that shows you how old I am ;)
    Keep on keepin' on ~

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  24. happy new year, bratchers!!!! you are the funnest of all!

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  25. Happy New Year! The last picture is too funny!

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  26. You guys always manage to look like you are having so.much.fun! It is refreshing to see.

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  27. PERFECT family!!

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  28. Ruby,
    Your family is so adorable! I've bought several of your hairclips on Etsy, and then found your blog through another blog I read (I can't even remember which one??). Anyway, I decided to stop stalking and comment. Adorable family. Incredibly creative. So stinkin' cute!

    Jennifer Ross
    P.S. I also tried to get you to come sell at our Christmas Fair in El Paso. Hee,hee

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  29. TOO too fun. Your family is the cutest EVER! That food looks so yummy too! Happy New Year to you all!

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  30. I love the last picture. Wonderful family. { Jesus will always be with your family in the year 2010 }. Cheers :)

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  31. Love the last pic!! You guys rock and remind me to enjoy life more.

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  32. I seriously think you should wear those outfits regularly. Lady, your outfit is just fierce and I don't know why boxers are not worn on the outside when they are this colorful and cute. Happy New Year!!!

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  33. oh my gosh that last photo is adorable!!

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