This summer has been so chock full of activities, it is flying by in a whirlwind. Parties to host, parties to attend, things on the calendar. It's kinda crazy.
And it isn't winding down!
Here are a few photos from the last few to get me (and this blog) caught up...though mercifully, not many! Too busy for photos when you are having fun, I guess!
An Ice Cream Sundae sort of Sunday:
(Probably the boys' favorite shin-dig of the bunch!)
It's not a party until the firework box blows up and catches on fire.
NOW it's a party!
The day was 96 degrees miserable so I made sure to do as much prep and cooking BEFORE the party to keep things as comfortable as possible on the day. I didn't want any guests to be fried and I didn't want MYSELF to be fried either.
It worked out amazingly.
Reason # 4659 that I have children:
The little one on the end was the quality control officer... she took her job very seriously.
My favorite part of party prep- the flower bouquets for the tables.
Apparently, Ineke takes after her Mama.
She was a good little helper, though a few flowers' heads were sacrificed in the making of the bouquets.
The most remarkable thing about this party was that, despite people coming for supper the night before and despite the party being that afternoon, we were able to hightail it outta there and head to Matt's parents' lake for an hour swim right when I am usually going INSANE trying to get everything done.
I never thought I would EVER be swimming at a lake a few hours before I was hosting a party! I still can't believe it, actually.
That's what being crazy a few days beforehand will get you.
It was just what I needed to cool off and get refreshed and ready for all the last minute stuff.
By the end of the night, I was so relaxed and chipper and perky...
Oh wait. Who am I kidding?
Are those weird perfectly rectangular light irregularities and lines horrible photoshopping evidence?
This photo is the real deal:
Slightly less perky and chipper. Still pretty relaxed though.
A Cricket Shower
My brother and sister-in-law hosted a little family Cricket shower for this babe o' mine. As anyone with six children knows, by the time the 6th comes around- things are looking pretty dingy. Cricket got some very nice crisp and clean things to wear but the best gift of all was knowing this this 6th child is being celebrated. Welcomed. Anticipated. Rejoiced over.
As every single child should be.
That was the greatest gift to me of all.
When I arrived, I realized that my camera battery was almost stone dead. Here are the few pictures I was able to get before it gave up the ghost. I never even got a picture of the sweet hosts. :-(
It's been a full summer, but oh, so good.