We’re making a party

Except for all the extra flies (some people were apparently raised in barns), our house has pretty much recovered from Sunday’s party. The furniture is mostly back in its original places, and the floor has been mopped. Mike vacuumed and treated the ketchup stains with Oxy Clean. In other words, you can barely tell we had a party.

The backyard, however, is a completely different story. My dad brought this water balloon launcher thing he has, so the backyard is littered with the remains of a thousand (or so) water balloons. We’re going to have to do something about that before we mow. Which, of course, gives us an excuse to postpone mowing!

The birthday weekend really started on Friday, when some of our friends (the ones who got married a few weeks ago) came to stay. The boys played Halo on Friday night while the girls caught up. Saturday I had to work, so everyone else went to Wal-Mart for food and decorations. Mike made potato mush instead of potato salad, while my friend Kelly made devilled eggs and her husband Scott made 54 hamburger patties. I honestly don’t think Mike could have gotten everything done without their help. We didn’t just make them work, though – we fed and watered (or “wined”) them quite well and played Scattegories and watched Two Weeks’ Notice (what baby?!). It has been great to watch our friendship with them grow over the past year, and I am thankful for them.

On Sunday, we finished with the preparations in plenty of time for people to start arriving. I hadn’t known that my dad was bringing the aforementioned water balloon setup, so that was a fun surprise for me. Everyone seemed to have a good time with that, and the grilling was quite tasty. I had a good time, but my overall feelings about the party are kind of a blur, since there were so many people and so much was going on. I had a really awesome time, and I hope all the party attendees did, too. Mike is an overboard kind of person, so of course there was way too much food, and we sent Kelly and Scott away yesterday with a cooler full of stuff.

I got some fun presents, but a couple really stick out. My parents gave me their old rocking chair. They got it just before I was born, so it was kind of beat-up, but they refinished it and put some cushions on it. It was a fabulous present, and I was thrilled. Mike got me a camera bag and tickets to see Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, and Emmylou Harris next month!

After most everyone else had left, Scott, Kelly, Brian, Sarah, Mike, and I played with sparklers and bottle rockets in the backyard. The sparklers were pretty smoky. We were soon enveloped in a cloud of smoke that made it look as if our entire cul-de-sac was on fire.

Now I have to go finish icing cupcakes to take to work. At the library, when it’s your birthday, you bring the dessert. My friends all think this is horrible, but I say that at least I get what I want on my birthday. Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing (and red, white, and blue sprinkles).

Really, it’s been a stellar weekend. What more could a girl ask for?

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28 Comments

  1. When was your b-day? Caroline’s b-day is July 4th…

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  2. Kari

    Mine’s the 5th. How’s Caroline doing? I haven’t seen her in a while.

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  3. Shelby

    Those sparklers were great, we smoked up the whole yard as well! We had a great time, we loved Water Wars!

    Posted 7/6/2004 at | Permalink
  4. Kari

    Jeremy agreed to burn the sparklers? Even though he was morally opposed to them?! hehe.

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  5. I watched the whole thing from the bushes… in my spandex.. it looked to be quite the good time… πŸ˜‰

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  6. i think I’m partially blind from staring directly into the sparklers.

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  7. Kari

    Trey, did you at least sneak some food?

    Brian – you sure did get injured at the party. I claim no liability.

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  8. that sounds like a really great birthday kari. i am glad you all did not burn your house down with the aforementioned fireworks.

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  9. Shelby

    You know after he found out that they were made of bamboo sticks, he was game to light all the sparklers, and I thought I saw some flashy bike shorts in those woods!

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  10. actually it was Kelly’s misfortune with the lighting of the ENTIRE PACK that blinded me. perhaps I’ll sue her.

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  11. Kari

    Kelly had a handful of sparklers and lit them all at once and almost burned down the deck.

    And Brian’s sparkler attacked Scott.

    Jeremy might have been right to be morally opposed to them.

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  12. Kari

    Nice, Brian. Posting at the same time on the same topic. But you forgot to mention how you wounded Scott.

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  13. Scott’s was merely a flesh wound…I was wounded deep in my soul.

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  14. kari.. no..I didnt sneak any food.. I was afraid if I was caught.. I would be bludgeoned to death with water balloons from that contraption.. and shelby.. if you saw the shiny shorts.. WHY DIDNT YOU BRING ME A HAMBURGER!!!!!.

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  15. Roger (the Shrubber)

    I thought it was only my family who made too much food for every gathering! Trey, we could use and extra mouth at or family events, too. Leave the spandex at home, though. 😯

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  16. Trey, my friends are, well, friendly! You should have come out of hiding. They would not have pummeled you with water balloons. πŸ™‚

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  17. Shelby

    I don’t know, if I was to see shiny bike shorts, I might be tempted to throw a water balloon, its just the kind of girl I am!

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  18. Sure, we’d throw them at him. But not bludgeon him to death. That’s all I’m saying. hehe.

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  19. the good thing is..I guess.. the spandex would have wicked the water away immediatley.. man.. I should have come out.. maybe next year I’ll come out and sing happy birthday marilyn monroe style to you kari… hehe..

    this still doesnt excuse shelby for not bringing me a hamburger though…

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  20. Shelby was busy showing off her new engagement ring. I mean, that’s a decent excuse, right? πŸ™‚

    You can sing happy birthday to me Marilyn Monroe style only if you also dress like Marilyn. πŸ˜€

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  21. Trey in a dress will scare the children.

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  22. Shelby

    I’m sorry I do not feed shiny materials that are peeping at me from the woods. I only feed stray cats and dogs.

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  23. I look great in a dress.. with these legs!.. Im a shoe in! Kari knows this.. SHELBY! you’re engaged!!.. thats MY favorite for you!! and dont shun shiny spandex.. they need love too…

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  24. See, Shelby, I’m not the only one who wants you to blog about your engagement. πŸ™‚

    (Trey looks HAWT in a dress. Or so I hear.)

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  25. yes yes.. blog shelby geez!!..

    I do look HAWT.. make no mistake… with legs like these.. who needs friends.. you know what Im sayin.. huh.. hahaha.. no

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  26. chalee

    it was a great party! thanks for inviting me kari.

    and trey, i [i]was[/i] feeling a tiny bit out of place as the only single person there, so you shoulda come in and we would have made the cutest couple there! it would have been great. (as long as you didn’t try any of that leg-wrapper-style hugging until our relationship has progressed to that point, you know…)

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  27. no charles.. i dont know.. why dont you tell me.. hahaha!
    if I would have known.. I would have come out.. but I had a great hiding place.. so I didnt want to give that up…

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  28. Yes, it’s true . . . I don’t have many single friends anymore. Sorry, Charles. My birthday party isn’t a good place to pick up chicks. πŸ™

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