Monday, April 30, 2012

sixty candles

... would start a forest fire.  So - we had a make-your-own Sundae dessert table at Baba's birthday bash instead of cake.

What a party!!!  We camped at Lulu & Baba's for the weekend so that we could maximize visiting with friends and family, and so that we could help with the set up and clean up of the big event.  It was busy, and it was hard work, but it was all worth it.

Maklin spent most of his time cruising around on his bike; the whole acreage at his disposal and always someone around to have a chat with.

Mae was patient and amiable; she was passed around from stranger to stranger most of the evening while I was running around taking pictures, and she never once put up a fuss!  She did however, add a little extra event to my evening:  literally right when people were arriving, I went to peek in on her (she was napping).  Her diaper had ripped open, and there was poop everywhere.  All over her, all over the sheet ... When I first saw it I figured I'd just leave her and deal with it when she woke up.  But then I realized her face was pressed down right in the bulk of it; I had to wake her up.  Her eyebrows were caked, her nose was filled ... oh.  my.  She was very happy though - big smile on her face.  Big ole poopy smile!!  [yes -- I have pictures!!  but I decided to not post them!]

What a great group of people all getting together -- some coming long distances -- to celebrate an amazing man.  The whole Friesen clan was out the night before; we had a nice night visiting and being together before the craziness began.

And everyone pitched in.  There were people setting up chairs and tables, making coffee, cutting flowers, picking up guests at the airport, prepping the food, washing dishes, putting away dishes in places Lee might be looking for for weeks ... you name it!!  The entertainment was provided by a neighbor and his band Up the Creek; they were fantastic!!  Everyone was well fed with bbq and salads, topped off with a very extensive sundae-bar.  And, the subdivision hooligans were out in full force, laughing, carrying-on  ... and firing a potato gun.  Through the gap in the outhouse.  Obviously.

Thankfully, the weather held up.  It threatened rain for a bit ... getting windy and chilly.  There was a tent ready just in case, but it blew over, and the party continued.   A party that slowly faded away into small crowd gathered around the firepit ... and another snuggled up inside, feet up and shots of drambuie in hand.

It was absolutely a near perfect evening.  The main thing that would have tipped it off to perfection would have been having Robyn, Dallas, Sullivan, and River there to enjoy it with us.

After editing, I still had nearly 300 photos of the event.  To get a feel for the party, I put together this VIDEO.

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