Alrighty people, it’s story time.
I am a rather routined, hesitant person. I want to get enough sleep every night, and I will always weigh the pros and cons before committing to literally anything (but I can pull out the no-nonsense when needed). So last year at the Hoehner Christmas party, my aunt and cousin-in-law made a little wager that I would not go out and about for New Year’s Eve if Brooke, my cousin-in-law, invited me. Brooke said I would, while Aunt Cindy said I wouldn’t.
To the shock of everyone, I agreed to go. Brooke’s cousin and cousin’s friend were in town and they just said they were going to go downtown and see what was going on. For some reason I was feeling a little spontaneous, and I really like Brooke (hey girl) and trusted that she would make sure we have a fun time. Not to mention, my cousin Chase (Brooke’s husband) is an OKC officer and agreed to drive us home after his shift ended at 2 a.m. if we lasted that long. So she covered a lot of bases that made the decision easier.
I remember wearing all black because obviously, have you met me? I was bundled up in black because it was cold. In the mean time, all these girls around us were dressed like it was June! Mad respect for anyone who can brave the cold without proper outerwear, because I cannot. This top is about as revealing as I’ll get in the winter. For fun, I included TONS of tasteful NYE outfit ideas at the very bottom of this post! Perfect to wear under your coats (haha)!
Anyways, we went to Fuzzy’s for Mexican food and drinks and Starbucks for coffee to stay awake. We ran to the park in the freezing cold to watch the ball drop, but we missed it (lol). We eventually made our way to a bar, where we camped out for the rest of the night. We laughed and laughed so hard we cried. Some guy bought Brooke’s cousin a single rose. From where? No idea. Below there is a picture of Brooke with a ton of dollar bills. Where did those come from? Not a clue, but I thought it was funny enough to snap a picture of it.
We saw Chase working right outside of the bar with all of his fellow officers, and when it was time for the bars to close, he drove Brooke and I (the last two surviving) in the back of his police car to IHOP. [Pause: Brooke’s cousin and her friend drove home in the car we took because one of them does not drink and was able to drive. Important to note. Be responsible!] I will say, being in the back of a police car is fun when you’re not in handcuffs. The three of us ate pancakes until about 3:30 a.m. when we finally headed back to Brooke and Chase’s house where they let me spend the night.
For a girl who is often pretty tightly wound, a fun and responsible night out with your cousin-in-law and her friends was the last thing I thought I would be doing to welcome in 2017. However, it was the perfect segway into a year that saw a lot of me saying yes, taking risks, forgetting about what others think and living a life that makes me love my Creator more every day.
I still look back on that night and think how much fun I had–we had–while dressed very warmly and without tons of adult beverages. That’s what I wanted to show you through this tasteful and sassy outfit and this story of my first New Year’s Eve on the town as a legal adult (I was 22). I often have to remind myself to live a little, and I always go back to this night as a positive reminder that it’s ok to not get a full eight hours of sleep and instead go make a memory with a new family member.
I found some pictures I took that night and included them below because they make me laugh, and I hope you get a kick out of them too.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.