I brought some balloons to help pass the time and some of the kids had the idea to play a game with the balloons where everyone ties a balloon to their leg and then try to pop the balloon of the other players. They all loved it, but there were tears when some balloons popped. For Julia, the tears came because of something else.
Here's a video of the chaos. Watch a minute or so, then move on to the 3:00 minute mark.
Julia and Meg ran right into each other. Meg started crying and stopped playing, which is why Julia started crying. Julia was upset not because she was hurt, but because her friend wasn't playing with her anymore.
This game prompted another game, the get the Oreo from your forehead to your mouth game without using your hands. There were only a few people who could get it (myself included :)). Micah thought it pretty funny. Julia was determined to get it. She tried and tried, but just couldn't get it. Finally, she started getting frustrated and started crying a little, so Robert told her, "Why don't you just pick up the cookie with your hands and put it in your mouth, Julia?" Julia said happily, "Oh, okay," and popped the cookie in her mouth as if to say, "Why didn't you just say so?"
Robert's Mom got there from Elko around 11:00 p.m. and we set off fireworks that Mom and Dad Wheat brought with them. At 11:50 Julia turned to me said, "I'm ready for bed now." At this point though I wasn't going to let her give up so close to midnight, so I rallied her to make it another ten minutes.
At midnight we celebrated,
Julia popped a balloon that had made it to midnight too,
Okay then! Happy New Year! Welcome 2013!