New Years Eve was another "first" for us this year because Ella stayed up until midnight for the first time! I had done my best to explain the concept of the new year and that it was going to be 2013 instead of 2012 at midnight, and had told her that if she wanted to, she could "stay up until 2013"...She has never stayed up that late before, but is such a night owl that I had a feeling she would make it. And she did :)
We were at our friends' house and out of 6 kids, 4 were asleep by 10pm but Ella and Lila excitedly hung in there until midnight.
With her celebratory sprite toast right before 12am
She loved how we all counted down, and all the hugs and kisses and "Happy New Year!" that happened at midnight...and then she was asleep by 12:10am :). Besides the fact that we had so much fun and it would've been a great night anyway, there was something really special about having Ella up with us at midnight, it was the perfect way to ring in 2013!