See you tomorrow.
See you tomorrow.
Well that was a whirlwind of a weekend! There wasn’t a lot of downtime but there was a lot of celebrating and socializing and it was so much fun.
Friday night was the local art show. There were several artists showing work, delicious hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, and plenty of friends to chat with.
Of course Jo-Ann and Ann and I had to take advantage of the photo booth. It was a really fun night. I brought my photo of the bridge in Mexico, a photo of a storm coming in over the beach on the Cape, and a newborn photo of little Landon. That newborn photo was a big hit, I can tell you that. We had a little after party at our house when the show wrapped up and we stayed up way too late but it was totally worth it.
Saturday we headed west to the wedding of Amanda and Nick. Amanda’s parents, pictured above with Dale, are long time friends of ours that we met through Civil War reenacting. Back when we did this a lot Amanda and Hannah were always together, running around the camp, getting teased by the boys, braiding each other’s hair and just generally being little girls. It was quite emotional to see Amanda take this big step. She seems so happy and Nick is a wonderful guy and we are just thrilled for them.
We took advantage of the wedding being a bit of a distance from home and stayed overnight at a hotel. We arrived back there from the wedding just in time to dance to Moon River, our wedding song, at midnight. After a wonderful sleep in a giant king-sized bed, room service was a great way to start our anniversary celebration – that omelet was huge and absolutely delicious.
The plan all along had been to go out to dinner Sunday evening to officially celebrate our anniversary. But it was such a beautiful day and so comfortable on our deck that we decided to scrap the dinner plans and stay home. We took the Jeep for a ride and got lobsters and had a wonderful afternoon and evening together. We swung in the hammock, perused our wedding album, ate snacks and lobsters, and (of course) danced in the kitchen.
It definitely wasn’t a typical weekend but it sure was spectacular.
So — that cocktail party? Terrific fun and I’m so glad we went. It was great to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones, too. We haven’t changed a bit in 20+ years, either. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Other things that happened this weekend?
I went to the gym. Twice. Yay me.
I managed to spend a ridiculous amount of money at Target. Seriously, I go in there for 2 things and I come out with a wagon full of stuff and $200 less in my bank account. Hullo, my name is Carole and I have a Target problem.
I blocked the Cactus Flower shawl. Pictures soon!
After the party Saturday night we hit up our favorite beach before we rode back over the bridge. Yes, it was dark and yes, it was very cold but I still took off my shoes and socks and stuck my feet in the water. I’m a beach lover, through and through.
I made a fantastic dinner Friday night. Filet mignon with bernaise sauce, sauteed mushrooms, oven roasted asparagus and loaded baked potatoes. We love our Friday nights at home and this night, like so many others we share, included lots of music and some dancing, too.
Sunday wound up being a lazy at-home spontaneous pajama day. Dale was nursing a cold and I was perfectly content to hang out, read, knit, play some games and just enjoy being together. Cocktails with homemade pita chips & roasted tomatoes with goat cheese by the fire was the perfect end to a November afternoon.
How was your weekend?
This year was our 5th straight year of having a Halloween Party and I really wanted to change things up with the theme and decorations. We’d done the haunted house type thing, we’d done the zombie thing and the creepy crawly thing and so, one night about a month ago, Dale and I were sitting on the deck having a cocktail and perusing Pinterest and there was a picture of a scary clown.
It was our Halloween Party version 5.0 light bulb moment. We could be scary clowns! And Hannah hates clowns so the thought of teasing her throughout the process was something neither of us could resist. Things did evolve, though, as they so often do in these situations. While we originally thought we would both be scary clowns, we couldn’t find costume pieces for Dale that we liked. And then we remembered a red blazer we had seen at the 2nd hand store and decided that Dale could be the ring master and I would be a clown and we would set up the decorations like a creepy circus. I’ve always said coming up with a theme is the hardest thing about any event and it’s true because once we’d decided on this the rest just fell into place. I pinned stuff on Pinterest and showed pictures to Dale and he took my ideas and turned them into reality.
Enough talk – you want to see, right?
We had a ticket booth complete with lights and Michael Myers to greet our guests at the back door.
We also had this awesome clown in an antique car that belongs to Dale’s dad. Because every circus needs a clown car, right?
We had balloons and other clown figures.
And a tight rope walker. This is the part where I tell you that my husband’s imagination, while fantastic, sometimes freaks me out a little.
Of course, you have to have a man, errrr, a Ken doll, being shot out of a canon.
Finally, outside we also had a high dive jumper. See what I mean about Dale’s imagination?
Inside we decorated with tulle and tried to make the dining room look like a circus tent.
We had circus peanuts and Cracker Jack and poison candy apples. I made those apples, by the way, and they were a PITA and not worth the effort. But they looked cool.
And lots of wine, beer and Harvest Margaritas. I also made eleventy-million corn dogs from scratch and they were a huge hit. Huge. Along with macaroni & cheese muffins and pumpkin cake and gourmet cheeses and snacks that our guests brought as well. No one went hungry or thirsty, I can tell you that.
We put party hats and red noses on skulls.
We had a sword swallow-er in one corner of the living room.
And a really big zombie-type clown with blinking red eyes. He scares the crap out of me.
He doesn’t scare me as much as the clown doll holding a cleaver, though. Yikes, that’s creepy.
As I said on Monday, I was terrible about taking pictures of our guests but, luckily, Anne captured quite a few and is letting me share them with you here.
Jo-Ann and Shawn came as Jack & Jill after they fell down the hill. That there is Shawn. It might be after the beer as much as after the hill. You understand.
Doreen and Mark came as a lobster in a pot and the Swedish Chef. They looked terrific.
Tom and Anne came as day of the dead sugar skull people and their make up was awesome. Anne is a really talented facepainter and I have to say that Dale and I wouldn’t have looked nearly as creepy if it weren’t for her mad makeup skillz.
We also had witches and ninjas and cats and cancer patients (that was Bob, he hasn’t lost his sense of humor at all)
and the king and queen of duct tape dynasty.
We had Dr. Seuss characters and The Princess Death Star Prison League Bowling Team (my wonderful and extremely creative neighbors!)
My cousin Len and his wife Peg came as the Wicked Witch of the West and one of her palace guards. They won first prize, and I actually took a photo of them. Yay me.
All in all it was a truly terrific night. I think it ended around 2am when the die hards were on the deck singing The Gambler at their top of the lungs. Dale has a video of that but I’ll spare you the gory details – that was probably the scariest thing of the whole party!
I have no idea how we’re going to top this next year.
Dale and I went to our first Jimmy Buffett concert back in 2007. We took a couple of lawn chairs, a couple of sandwiches, and some beer. It was simple and fun but not very exciting.
Now, though? Well. Let’s just say we’ve come a looooooong way, baby.
We turn my Jeep into a pirate ship.
We dress as pirates. And (pretend) to smoke cigars.
And we drink Bloody Marys. While dressed as pirates, of course.
We have a tiki bar. And rum punch. We still have beer because we like beer. And we have lots of food – burgers and chicken wings and brats, deviled eggs and chicken kebabs and jello shots. Pirates needs lots of food to soak up all that booze.
And boy do we have FUN. We spend the day hanging out, laughing, eating and drinking, and meeting lots of other Parrotheads. And then! Then! At the end we get to go to a concert and hear all of my favorite songs. It’s the best party of the year and I’m so lucky I get to spend it with some of my favorite people.
Even if they are a gang of pirates.