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Rick and I decided to stay home and have a 1929 inspired New Year’s Eve.

Basically, sit on the couch and spend zero dollars.


Dude, not spending money is so damn boring.

But with a myriad of New Year’s Eve shows to choose from, including a live performance by the Jonas Brothers, things started to really liven up.


Oh wait, no… that’s not what happened.


Here we go.

While Rick was folding laundry, I did my part by watching TV. I loved the hilarious and brilliant Kathy Griffin co-hosting with Anderson Cooper on CNN. But NOTHING surpassed the Scope Kiss Cam on ABC.

Dear Head Honchos over at ABC,

Yes, a kiss at midnight is a New Year’s Eve tradition.

And yes, it’s totally hot to watch beautiful celebrities make-out in some steamy movie.

It is, however, completely gross and vomit inducing to watch random people shove their tongues down each others throats while wearing big arse parkas and giant, electric blue Nivea hats in Times Square.


A Faithful Viewer (IF you promise to make “Grey’s Anatomy” good again or at the very least fix Meredith’s hair)

And I did feel sorry for some of the TV reporters who could barely speak because their lips were so cold and frozen in the 0 degree weather. But then they kept using dumb words and phrases that no normal person every utters like, “revelers” and “closed to vehicular traffic.”

And to think I wasted my pity on them.

Of course, these were my favorite little New Year’s girls.



But now that the holidays are over, I will miss having an easy, light way to wrap up emails. You know… “Happy Thanksgiving,” “Happy Holidays,” or “Wishing you a wonderful new year!”

I mean, what am I suppose to write now?

“Despite the frigid cold and dreary winter days, hope your January doesn’t make you want to curl up in a ball and cry while gripping a bottle of Mad Dog.”

Yeah, I guess that could work.

40 Responses to new year’s on the cheap

  • scrappysue says:

    ain’t nuthin sexier than a man folding laundry.  we stayed in too, AFTER taking the (younger) girls out for chinese and to see madagascar 2.  the teenagers had WAY more fun at midnight, but i guess that’s how it works now huh?  happy new year to ya!!!

  • flutter says:

    that was our evening exactly. Minus laundry. And hats, or booze. Oh and kids, there were no kids….so really it was exactly like our evening except totally different

  • Marisa says:

    Heh 🙂  We spent New Year’s at a “lodge” and only because I’m pregnant and felt the need to “live it up” before the baby gets here in the next few weeks.  I have to say Fizzy Lizzy isn’t the same as champagne!

  • Diane says:

    I believe the forcast for Austin today is 80 degrees – just can’t beat that, even if I can’t see because my eyes are glued shut with goo due to the cedar pollen I am highly allergic to. Anyhoo – this is a serious question – I told my husband to get online to find out but you are in the know, so perhaps you can tell me – is Dick Clark …. ok? This is the first time in 8 years we have stayed up til midnight (sad, I know) and we saw Mr. Clark. Is this his last year for the show? Please say yes. And – Have a Happy 2009!

  • Happy New Year Kelcey–Love the before and after of you and Rick- I think you guys need your own reality show-I would definitely watch-may this year be filled with every blessing for you and your precious little family!

  • kristen says:

    yes, the tonsilectomy aspect of the evening should be for some wild on…MTV show.

    happy new year sweet kelcey, in 2009 we will definitely meet for coffee. xo

  • Dixie Chick says:

    My question is…Have the girls learned to take your picture or is Rick holding the camara?  Happy New Year! 

  • I had enough to drink for both of us and most of Wisconsin and New York on New Year’s.  You know it’s a good one when you spend more time drinking than sleeping.

    Happy Not Another Holiday Until Memorial Day!  Which is IN MAY!!!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    I spent New Year’s at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hollywood, Fla.  And since it’s  NOT New Year’s unless someone vomits on me…but WAIT, that’s when I was in my 20’s.  Now  that I’m in my 60’s, I managed to pee on myself, and my friend  made me sit on a plastic garbage bag in her car so I didn’t soil her leather seats driving  home.  We left before midnight, when the crazies in Florida start shooting off their guns; and I spent the rest of the night  away from my windows.  It can’t get any better than this next year.

  • Amy@UWM says:

    I love how you guys decided to chronicle your lame New Years.  “Hey, honey, let’s take one where we’re acting really bored and lame.  Ok, now let’s pretend that we’re totally sauced and living it up partying with the Jonas Brothers.”  There’s some fun.

    I’m with the others.  If my husband folded laundry, things could have gotten spicy at my house.  But we were even more lame than you guys.  He watched sports in one room while I watched “That’s Entertainment” on TCM.  I fell asleep before midnight.

  • wendi says:

    you come to Florida for next new years and we’ll show you a rockin good time! Btw, your girls certainly know how to accesorize!

  • Rhea says:

    Your girls look adorable.  You and your husband too.

    Our New Year’s was fun but boring by some standards.  I stayed up til midnight with my boys, playing chess and monopoly, teasing the dog, and at one point we drove to a convenience store for coke slurpees.  We’re wild, I tell ya.

    Happy New Year!

  • Ok so while attempting to read your latest entry out loud to the hubby (who does NO laundry b/c he’s annoying when he does it), I hog laughed and almost choked to death on a pretzel.  

  • Lanie says:

    The pictures of Dylan and Summer are sooo cute (and the ones of you & Rick are too).  Happy New Year!  Great post!  🙂

  • Portia says:

    Ha ha….girl you never cease to crack a chick up…that last statement is ME…to a tee! (Minus the Mag Dog…sub a bottle of wine.)

  • Auntie T says:

    OMG!!  I LOVE DYLAN’S 2009 SMILE, it’s going to be a very good year! You are ALL TOO CUTE for words. Happy New Year! I am happy to say that Dana does fold, not so well but does do it or  leaves my clothes over the chair (as I request) where they remain until I wear them…
    I don’t do the laundry and i can’t even put it away. Maybe I’ll start off ’09 right and go put it away this “rockin’ Friday night”. At least NYE was fun and included lots of champage with a few friends. Luckily, I missed the tongue on TV!

  • MN Mama says:

    I absolutely love the pictures you included along with this post.  They were very entertaining.  I am glad to know that I was not the only one doing laundry on New Year’s Eve.  Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • tracey says:

    I love that he posed with you. I’m sure it was more than one or two shots. I TOTALLY understand the whole photo shoot for the blog. My sisters were mocking me for my alcohol pictures on New Years. They KNEW they were for the blog. Brats. Let’s see if I invite THEM to attend the Ice CApades for free BECAUSE of the blog!! HA. Fools.

    I have been drinking tonight! Why do you ask?

  • Terra says:

    And the BOLD new 20 something you should have been at the bar dancing on tables and ringing in the new year with a hangover!  But your night was much more like mine…kids in hats with noise makers, mom taking down the Christmas decor and dad setting up the new HP home server software so we can opperate our 7 computers complete with failsafe back up, file sharing and more!  Happy New Year to us!

  • Michelle says:

    Dude, you did NOT watch the Jonas brothers.  Take it back.  You couldn’t have done it.   Your coolness is waning my friend.   😉   We stayed home too (and we saw those little twerps too)

  • amy says:

    Your husband folds laundry? I’m so jealous. But I’m wearing flip flops so there 😉

    Happy New Years to you and your family! And I’m so with you on Meredith’s hair.

  • Karen says:

    Okay, so I’m speechless!  How did you get him to fold laundry?  Mine will put laundry in washing machine, followed by putting it in the dryer, but folding it?  No way!  Fess up, what’s the secret?

  • Suzie says:

    LOVED this post! Your pics are adorable and I am glad to see my husband is not the only man who does laundry (he thinks I do it wrong, so why bother to change his mind?) We had a babysitter and stayed at our friend’s house until 1:30. Haven’t stayed up that late without a newborn attached to me for many, many years! Best to you and yours. Keep up the great posts. I can’t watch Grey’s anymore….it’s just not any good.  I do hope they keep “Lipstick Jungle” around, tho! 🙂

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