Most summers, my friend Sherry and her husband host a summer party.  This year’s bash was yesterday.  Since Stephen was working on a project, I headed down to her house with the kids after nap time.  I wasn’t sure how long I’d last with the kids.  It’s hard to take two kids to a party solo.

But, everything changed once we arrived.  Sherry took the kids and I down to the bounce house and introduced us to two older girls.  She let us know that they were hired to help with kids and everyone should have fun.  I was so excited.  Not having to stand by the bounce house most of the evening was an awesome thought.


I enjoyed plenty of adult time on the deck, keeping an eye on the kids every once in a while.  Nick made up his own rules for corn hole.


Sally tried her hand at a hula hoop.


She was having a blast.  Nick’s in the background at the craft table.  There was plenty for the kids to do including art projects, sidewalk chalk, and of course the bounce house.


Later the kids played some games like Duck, Duck, Goose.


The party was complete with tents, tables, food and great company.  I was able to enjoy myself to the fullest, and chat with friends that I haven’t see in quite a while.


It was the perfect night for an end of summer party.  Thanks Sherry!


My mom is the oldest of eight kids.  Growing up with a big family, we are used to large gatherings.  Thanksgiving typically has 40-50 people.  Everything is done well.

Last night, my Uncle Marty and Aunt Melissa hosted a party.  It was extra special because some relatives were in town from Florida visiting and my brother came up from Virginia.  Marty and Melissa always go above and beyond when hosting events.

This was the Smoketember Fest.  The food included pulled pork, baked beans, homemade pumpkin salsa, homemade chips, macaroni salad and a plethora of desserts.  It was quite the spread and was very tasty.


My uncle, brother, and cousin are talented musicians and play in The Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band.  The band performed on this stage in the back yard. Despite the rain, the show went on.  An awesome concert pianist, Tat, was their opening act. Despite having cold hands, he was great!  This is my brother’s girlfriend and my sister.  It’s a great picture of both of them.


Sally loved hearing the music.  Nick and she danced and jumped around lots.  When Sally wasn’t dancing, she enjoyed Aunt Carol time.


There were 3 fire rings going in the yard.  Many people came equipped with chairs and rain gear.


Here’s a photo of me with my Aunt Melissa with my new ready for Hawaii haircut!


We left around 9PM to head home with the kids.  I’m sure the party went on for a few more hours.  We had a great time and it was nice to leave before we had any meltdowns.