So, after the cruise, Carl, Lily and I packed up the car *once again* and drove to El Paso to see the rest of our family. It was a short trip, but we were happy to ring in the new year amongst friends and family, and this time, with a twist: we (and by "we" I mean Carl's sister, Vicky, his cousin, Sabine, and his mama) planned a Masquerade Murder Mystery(!). It was a last minute idea, and they managed to pull the party together in under two days...a murder mystery kit download, a few adult punch bowls and appetizer platters later, and we were in business. We had so.much.fun. The best part? The party was hosted at Carl's mom's house (where we were staying), so the entire party was baby-friendly and we were able to celebrate the coming of 2012 as one big happy family.
the handsome one getting ready for the party
lovely vicky, her boyfriend, anthony, and carl
valarie, carl's other beautiful sis
pretty sabine (a new mama for the second time! see her baby boy below)
blood sangria, deadly punch, and other dangerous drinks
carl's good friend, turner (otherwise known as "texas t")
getting the fun started ;)
reading the rules
"pepper" reads her clues
carl's mama, playing the paparazzi
the other cassie, our most enthusiastic guest
carl (aka sherlock tracey) was the victim!
everyone's a suspect...
talk a little, eat a little
carl & me
And the littlest party animals...
lily and her cousin, dean
Happy 2012, friends!!