Monday, April 06, 2009
Wow! Quite a Weekend!
Oh...let's see...where to start? I guess the best place to start is usually at the beginning, right? **** Saturday dawned foggy and chilly and left me immediately wondering if the day would turn out to be 70• and sunny, as expected. Kiddo commented, when we opened the curtains on the back yard, "Oh Mommy! It's foggy out! Will we still be able to have my party?" We were. Hubby had to work on Saturday, but was able to go to Wally-World to get a cooler and some ice for the drinks, and had it all packed and ready in the back of The Beast. I took Kiddo and Little Bit with me to Food City to pick up the cake and balloons. The cake was awesome! It was dinosaur skeletons on a field of green with some orange "primordial ooze" - it looked great! The cake itself was a marble cake, because I couldn't decide if I should get a yellow cake or a chocolate cake; this worked out quite well! When I got to the park, my intent was to use the shelter/gazebo thing with the picnic tables, but there was a church group there doing their Easter egg hunt. (I actually knew a few of them and it was really good to see them, even if I didn't get to use the shelter!) I quickly whipped out my little TracFone and put in a call to my friend Scoop. "Hey! I hear you're coming to the party today!? Have you left yet? Can you do me a HUGE favor? I need one of your 6' folding tables!" So Scoop and his beautiful, wonderful wife, BG, and their little son SG (who is best friends with Kiddo) came bearing a folding table and, effectively, saving my backside. Scoop helped me set it up - and he even brought a cover for the table! I put a couple of those red plastic disposable table cloths over the one he brought so it didn't get ruined, stuck the cake in the middle of the table, placed the cooler with all the drinks at the end of the table, tied the balloons to the handle of the cooler... I'll spare you the details. Suffice-it-to-say that everything turned out quite well. We had a fantastic turnout! Lots of kids there to help Kiddo celebrate his 5th birthday. Also, my MIL came! Just a few short weeks after a 3rd hip surgery, she was able to make the trip down from Virginia to be with us. Both of my Sister's-in-law were there (YAY!!! I just adore them and it was so good to see them!) and my niece and her little 4 month old baby girl who's name is loosely related to a popular department store, only not spelled the same way. She's SO cute and I was able to get my baby-fix that day. Aside from my niece and her little one, there were several other babies there! A 17 month old girl, the daughter of some good friends of ours who's brother is one of Kiddo's bestest friends, a brand newbie, who was born on Little Bit's 2nd birthday - 2 years to the date! Her older brother was born 2 days after Little Bit - EB and I were pregnant at the same time. And a sweet little guy who has the greatest blue eyes and longest lashes you've ever seen! He's the 6 month old son of our choir director and his wife. Their little girl is another of Kiddo's favorite friends. We played, we socialized, we got dirty, we opened gifts, we ate cake, I got a tad sunburned, we had an absolute blast! Around 2:30PM, when the party broke up, we gathered up our stuff (with the help of Our Favorite Mechanic and his lovely family), and with the out-of-towners following me, we caravan-ed back to our house for some family time. I did, in fact, manage to make our house somewhat presentable, so I wasn't completely mortified and embarrassed to have people over. MIL and one sister-in-law left after a brief visit. They had a long drive and I think MIL was very tired. I was SO happy to see her - I cannot even get across in writing how much it meant to me (to Kiddo) to have her there. My other sister-in-law, niece and baby niece, stayed for dinner and then left sometime around 7PM. It was a wonderful visit. Little Bit (who has not napped all day!) was asleep before they had even actually left our property! Kiddo followed behind shortly thereafter. Ah...good times. **** Sunday. Day of rest? Not even a little bit. I elected not to go to church yesterday because I had SO much I needed/wanted to get done and the opportunity to have a couple hours of completely uninterrupted time to do these things in was irresistible. I wanted to clean our bedroom. Now, if you've been to my house, you've seen our bedroom. When I say, "It's a disaster," I'm not just saying that. It really is (well...was) a disaster. So bad, in fact, that when the family was over on Saturday, I simply shut the door and allowed no one into the room. Let me just say that now, after cleaning ALL DAY yesterday, our bedroom is starting to look like a bedroom, not a storage room or a catch-all for all the crap we don't know what to do with. I've started a pile of stuff for the upcoming yard sale (last Saturday in May, by the way - weather permitting) - and now only need to continue in this vein until all the stuff we don't need or want is all in one place. I think I need to rent a small P.O.D.S. unit because I don't want to keep piling all the stuff we want to get rid of in a corner of my house. It's already making me crazy! Oh - and is it possible to feel like you got run over by a truck after spending an entire day cleaning ONE ROOM? I think it must be. Anyway - I guess that's about it. OH!!! No, it's not! I sold more cards from My Etsy Site on Saturday! I'm SO excited about this I can hardly stand it. My aunt and uncle, affectionately referred to as AC & UB, (not just on this blog, but when speaking or emailing with them as well) bought A TON of my cards. The nearly wiped me out! Not that I'm complaining even one little bit. I'm thrilled. I packaged them up all nice and neat and they are in the mail ready to go out today! Thanks AC & UB! Love you bunches! I did spend some time making a few more cards on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Where did I find the time!? The newest ones are up on My Etsy Site as of this morning. OK - now I'm done. Phew! You have my permission to go back to whatever fun and interesting thing you were doing before you got sucked into reading this extra-long post! TTFN JMS