Saturday was a Happy Birthday Party!
The quads are turning FOUR!!!!
Louis Dean and I along with Mother made our way over to Quadville an hour or so before the party actually started on Saturday afternoon.
I truly missed being in on the action of getting everything ready!
Amber saved one job for me - putting the custom made cookies from Sugar Coma on a tray!
All the decorations were adorable!!! The cake was perfect!!
The party theme was dinosaurs!!
Amber was so clever in the way she carried this theme throughout the entire house and party from food to decorations to games!
There was a TON of food! Not shown is a HUGE tray of chicken nuggets made to look like dinosaur foot prints!
There were tubs of iced bottled water, juice boxes and soft drinks plus an assortment of boxed wines for the adults. Amber and Mike know how to throw a party!!
I think I heard Amber say they had about 45 guests!
Our quads are friends with another set of quads and both moms are named Amber!!
I love it that these two sets have each other to relate to as they grow up!
This is Trystan and half of the other Quad Squad!
I cannot believe I did NOT get a picture of Amber's best friend from college!!
The little boy on the right is Lisa's son and they came up to celebrate for a few days with them!
I'm surprised about a lack of photo because Louis Dean dearly LOVES Lisa and they talk and talk and talk whenever they are together!!
Thanks to my sister, Nita, and Summer for taking some pics for me.
This is Deanie and Logan! Both are pretty in pink!
Mother and Summer!
Mother originally said she wasn't going to the party but then changed her mind.
I'm glad because I think it did all of us good to be around so much happiness!
This is Baby Crew and his dad!
I simply adore being around this father/son duo!
It is a beautiful thing to see!
"For this child they prayed....."
I pretty much held court at the kitchen table with my foot propped up!
Can you believe my hair is longer than Nita's or Deanie's??
This is the longest I have had it in 10 years!
My sweet daughter!!
Smiles all around!!!!
Luann and Mother!
Deanie and her Andie Girl!
Louis Dean certainly enjoyed one of those Sugar Coma Cookies!!!
Lots of guests! They included the quads beloved nanny and Miss Susan from their gym and old friends and new ones.
This is Amber's most long time friend ever.
They were in the church nursery together when Amber was 18 months old and have remained part of each other's lives.
It was fun like a party!!!!
The kids got tired at the end but NO meltdowns!!
Everybody laughed and cut up and just had some good old FUN!!!
Amber and Mike truly do have the gift of hospitality!
Now on to the activities Amber had dreamed up!
Dinosaur coloring papers.
A big Dinosaur WELCOME!
A dinosaur egg hunt!!!
It's silly but I was so pleased that I had been able to fill those dinosaur eggs a few weeks ago BEFORE my foot surgery! They held stickers, stampers and tiny dinosaurs!!
Then there was the Dinosaur Pinata!
Finally!!!! CAKE!!! BIRTHDAY Cake!!!!
"Happy Birthday to YOU!!!"
More visiting went on after that!
These are some of the most loved children ever!!
They had a BALL opening all their gifts!!!
People were incredibly generous!!!
At four years of age, they are outgrowing 'baby' toys and moving on into a different level of things to play with. We will ALL enjoy these gifts!!!!
Congratulations to Amber and Mike for pulling off another PERFECT party!!!!
I arrived early and stayed late! I did not want to miss a single moment!
Amber had Lasagna and salad for those of us who like to stay to the very end.
We sat around and enjoyed the favorite last moments of this perfect day!!
Louis Dean drove us home and my heart was light as a feather.
While I did NOT over do it or stand up too much or do anything I should NOT have done, Sunday morning found me in not too good a shape. My foot hurt as it has not hurt before. Perhaps it is healing and mending but at any rate, I stayed in bed all day and resorted to taking a pain medication by the end of the day.
Louis Dean continued to man the kitchen producing delicious healthy meals at the appropriate times.
I tried not to walk through there. It.was.a.mess.
He tries so hard and I knew once I'm better, I can go in there and clean it up within a matter of what will be HOURS now!
We had one big problem, though, There was a SMELL in the kitchen - namely in the fridge!!!
I had thought to get up and deal with it on Sunday but that didn't happen. Louis Dean said, "Let ME do it!" What harm could it do to let him clean the fridge?? I told him to go for it!! And then I went back to bed and shut the door.
When I woke up - he was gone. He had mentioned he was going to the grocery store after the refrigerator was clean. However, I walked into the kitchen and every available inch of counter space was covered with stuff from the fridge PLUS he had drug in two ice chests and they were full! AND the fridge was still DIRTY!!! I sighed and went back to the bedroom and shut the door. When I got up an hour or so later - he was still gone! So I took my Country Diary and a glass of tea and settled myself in the gazebo to write. I heard him come home and I heard him banging around on the kitchen patio. He walked past the gazebo to get something and I called out to him! WHAT was going on????
HE said there was NOT enough room in our GREAT WHITE FRIDGE for all the pickles!!!
(HE buys them in gallon jugs!!)
SO - he went to Lowe's and bought a fridge just for JARS!!!!
And THEN he turned the jars on their sides so he could pack more of them in there!!!
This was AGAINST what I told him about everything needing to stand up STRAIGHT!!!!
So, while he put the remaining stuff back in the great white fridge, I had to CLEAN this brand new small one because it reeked of garlic and sauces that he had turned sideways and of COURSE they leaked out!!! Do you KNOW what a mess lavender infused simple syrup makes when it is dripping down the back of a fridge? It in no way overpowered the GARLIC smell however!!!!
I really need to get well as quickly as possible!!!
Today was not much better than yesterday until later this evening when I finally turned the corner and felt more like myself.
I have yet to get in the kitchen but I hope to address that tomorrow.
For now we are in the gazebo together and I am so proud of my veteran husband on this Memorial Day!
As for tonight....It is almost midnight and we have been out here in the gazebo since 7:30.
My one and only brother has been in surgery tonight and we have been anxiously awaiting news.
Deanie is sick in bed and I been down with my foot so that left Nita the only one to go and keep us posted along with Charlie, Deanie's husband, and of course, Michele, Lonnie's wife.
He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday morning and on Sunday he had a procedure to unblock the stones from the bile duct. Then this evening he had gall bladder surgery.
He is resting now and we are so grateful.
He's not out of the woods yet so we are continuing in prayer.
I am still in shock and mourning from our friend, John Swan's recent death.
I pray for Vee every time I think of her - which is often!
Life is so very fragile!!!