Over this incredibly hot hot hot hot spell, I've finally been able to take advantage of the pool at my parents house for the first time this season! Naturally, the first time I went in was an oh so beautiful day.. sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, kids were in a wonderful mood.. until we stepped our little toes into the water. The clouds billowed in, the sun went into hiding, kids got cranky. Typical day :-)
We had lubed up the kids with enough sunscreen to allow Dracula on a nude beach.. so they were beyond protected. John and I, wanting just "a little bit of color", avoided the sunscreen and wallowed around the pool for a mere 3 1/2 hours. We succeeded in achieving our color! However, instead of the sweet light tan we'd wanted.. we managed to get LOBSTER RED.
Fast forward 2 days.. John has bulging blisters on his shoulders, I can barely lift my arms over my head without wincing.
Fast forward 2 more days: blisters have (sorry for the visual) popped and are gross looking.. but hey! the redness on both of us is finally fading!!
The birthday party was fairly successful. Everyone was able to make it, which was awesome! I love seeing everyone, especially those I dont get to see often during the year. Naturally, it rained. Again. The kids were right out in the pool right after the last drop fell though! We didn't get around to playing any games or doing any of the activities, but they seemed happy just to swim, jump on the trampoline and run next to the roosters. (yes. roosters lol)
Note to self for future parties though:
1) 2 6-ft subs is enough to feed a small army. For a kids birthday, just 1 little six-footer is sufficient!
2) When the forecast calls for rain, allow for extra room indoors. 30+ people in one small house: rather crowded. Its just a good thing we all like each other!
3) Present opening needs to require a fenced in area with just the birthday child(ren), one gift at a time being handed to them OVER the fence, and a spectator's area. Lots of gifts + 15 kids in an enclosed area= PURE CHAOS. I'm still not sure who got them what. Also, having an awesome sister and sister-in-law as wrapping-paper-collectors is a GREAT idea.
Pictures will follow at some point. All in all.. my little bubble guppies had a great day! Now I just have to get over the fact that my baby girl is not a baby any more at 2 yrs old, and I now have a school-aged baby.