New Years' Eve = EPIC Party Night at the Crouch House!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

Okay.  Maybe the title above is a slight exaggeration.  Alright - maybe it's a huge exaggeration.  We spent last night as we have spent the past 12 or so new years' eves (and maybe more).  Namely, we were at home, with our children.  I think the idea of "partying" for this particular occasion stopped being appealing for me when I was 25 or 26 years old.

That being said, we had a good time with our two older kids up until awhile after midnight.  My son, recently 12, regaled us with a series of impressions.  He takes requests now, which reminds me a lot of myself at that age.  He can do some seriously good voices, including most of the cast of the Simpsons, Kermit the Frog, MANY cartoon and video game characters, and more.  Sincerely, he makes me laugh out loud almost every day now, and I consider myself to be pretty discerning when it comes to what constitutes decent comedy.  :)

We mainly just spent time hanging out with each other until around 11:20 or so, when I turned on the TV to see what countdown shows were on, including the traditional Dick Clark one.  Frankly, watching Mr. Clark now makes me cry a little bit since he's so hard to understand, but I love the fact that they respect him enough to allow him to continue as one of the hosts. 

All four of us who were awake enjoyed making fun of the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, who inexplicably turned up around 11:40 on the Dick Clark show and performed together.  What year is this again?  It was mainly like watching a group of dads who had a few too many drinks and were coaxed into doing off-key karaoke together.  The fact that there were about a dozen dudes on stage at once didn't help matters.  I figure they must have a really good agent to score that gig.

After the kids finally went to bed (after 1am!), we watched a couple of episodes of "Little Britain" before bed.  I think it's one of the funniest British comedy series that I've seen to date. 

Today, we managed to get all of the Christmas lights, decorations, and tree taken down, which is the earliest such occurrence in recent memory.  Usually, we're lucky to get it done by mid-to-late January.  We did some other house cleaning while we were at it, so it was productive in general. 

Tomorrow is our 18th wedding anniversary, so we're planning an outing in the evening (destination to be determined).  It's still hard to believe that much time has passed already.

Happy new year to all of my friends here at ActiveRain!  I started blogging here in 2007, which means that this post is being written in the fifth calendar year in which I have participated in this community.

May God richly bless you and yours this year.  I hope you have a safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011. 


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Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Sounds like a perfect way to spend New Year's Eve. Happy anniversary and best to you and your family in 2011.

Jan 01, 2011 01:50 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


A perfect family day and night, Jason. We stopped going out years ago and now spend time with special friends  since our kids are now living on their own. OUR tree is still up adn it'll be a few days before all the trappings of the holidays are gone.

Happy New Year - wishing you the best in 2011.


Jan 01, 2011 01:58 PM #4
Amanda Quraishi

Hey, it's hip to be square!  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!  We were home with the kids, too.  It's all good.  :-)

Jan 01, 2011 01:59 PM #5
Tammy Fertig
RE eBrokers - Riverside, CA

Sounds pretty much like our evening and our day today, Jason.  The tree is down, ornaments are packed in boxes waiting to be put away.  I found myself humming...  It's beginning to look alot LESS Christmas...  hahaha....

I am a little upset, however, that you made fun of NKOTB/BSB's!  Yes, you should know what those acronyms stand for!  lol...  All kidding aside, they're just trying to make a come-back, but they really should find a different way of doing it.

I also feel so sad when I see Dick Clark - it breaks my heart.

Happy New Year, and happy anniversary tomorrow to you and your wife!


Jan 01, 2011 02:12 PM #6
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

It's all about relationships and there is none more important than family.  Good for you and all the others who made it a family night.  We did too! We spend it with our In-Law-Out-Laws every year. Their Daughter is married to our Son. Great times were had by all.  Don't know what the kids did though....

Jan 01, 2011 02:14 PM #7
Jody Keating
Jody Keating Connective Realty,LLC, Bryan/College Station,TX - Bryan, TX
Broker/MM/Realtor, Bryan / College Station, TX

Jason, that's a wonderful way to spend the new year. When my children were younger and did not have lives of their own like all night lockin's at our local sports center and high demand babysitting jobs we stayed home too. I miss those times, so enjoy them as much as you can while you can. My eldest used to make the smores while my youngest would do all the dance moves to every song we would listen to and want us to watch them all. Ha!

Our tree and all it's hoopla is still up but we did manage to get the boxes out of the attic today, baby steps :)

Happy New Year to you and your family and I wish you all happiness and success for the New Year.


Jan 01, 2011 02:21 PM #8
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Jason, I know you are enjoying these years with your children. Our youngest is 17 and so all the kids want to be out on their own. No more cozy family New Year's Eve parties for us :) May 2011 be your most blessed year yet in family and business!

Jan 01, 2011 02:39 PM #9
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Sounds a lot like our celebration. Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary!

Jan 01, 2011 02:45 PM #10
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Similar night... except I did finally mange to make a layered B-52.  And the kid was in bed by 12:10...  And asleep.

Jan 01, 2011 03:00 PM #11
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Hey Jason, sounds like a wonderful evening. We don't go out anymore just stay at home. I took my tree down earlier too. Just didn't want it up watching all the bowl games.


I still have a few decorations to put up and will tackle that tomorrow.

Happy and prosperous New Year to you.

Jan 01, 2011 03:06 PM #12
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Congrats on the anniversary Jason!  Khris and I celebrated 35 on the 27th of this month. Have a terrific new year also.

Jan 01, 2011 03:59 PM #13
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

Happy New Year Jason, Sounds fun.  We went out to a close friends house with the kids, its easier now that they can both stay awake and they are very into it.

Jan 01, 2011 04:20 PM #14
Brian Dunshie
Russ Lyon | Sotheby's International Realty - Paradise Valley, AZ
Realtor - Arizona Biltmore,Arcadia,Paradise Valley

Happy New Year, it's all about the family!! 

Make 2011 the best ever!!

Jan 01, 2011 06:30 PM #15
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning my friend,

Happy Anniversary sir and Happy New Year to you and your family.  I did as I have for the past LONG LONG time slept in the New Year and woke up with a clear head and well rested.

Jan 01, 2011 10:34 PM #16
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


Looking forward to a great 2011. Thanks for your contribution to the Rain,


Jan 02, 2011 02:04 AM #17
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Jason, there is no better party than the one spent with the kids.

Jan 02, 2011 02:26 AM #18
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Jason - this comes to wish you and your entire family a healthy and happy 2011! Stay warm and dry!

Jan 02, 2011 02:49 AM #19
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I can't imagine there are many things better than having a 12-year old that makes you laugh. Must be the excellent parenting!

Jan 02, 2011 08:12 AM #20
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

I've never really cared for partying and especially New Year's Eve party. About 12 years ago, been to Downtown Dallas's New Year's Eve party. It was cold and miserable. Girls in skimpy clothes, shaking the whole night definitely didn't seem appealing for me.

I spent the New Year's Eve/ Day just blogging and chilling by myself and having some Me time.

Jan 02, 2011 09:24 AM #21
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Here's wishing you and yours all the best in 2011 Jason. May it be your best year ever and bring you nothing short of health, happiness, smiles and prosperity.

Jan 02, 2011 11:51 AM #22
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