It’s that time of year when I wonder why I bother to put my dining room back together. After Adam’s birthday comes Feast Day, then Lucy’s birthday, then mine, then Snowflake Day. All of the holiday parties are at my house, of course.
This year I decided to throw one big Feast Day/Birthday Combo party. If anyone wanted to complain about it they could have the Feast Day party at their house!
My brother took the family photos. His professional photography business would give me a run for my money!
I had never made a Stuffed Turkey before so I read up how to do it while watching some celebrity chef make one on the cooking channel. Adam wanted to help with the cooking this year so he hung out with me.
I spent the morning baking like some sort of crazy woman. Garrett kept trying to sneak bites of my pies and salads so I finally threatened him with my butcher’s knife and he ran off to play with Lucy.
Since Adam was showing such a desire to bake we bought him a toy oven to practice with. He honestly loved it and I had a blast baking with him for Feast Day.
Of course it was my baby’s birthday, too! I love her and all but I’ve never been a baby person. At least toddler’s sleep…sometimes. I was not really going to miss this baby stage and I can say with full certainty that she is our last. I know Garrett wants another boy but he’s going to have to quit his job if he ever wants to try that mess again!
Adam has also really taken a liking to building. By building I mean destroying buildings. It doesn’t matter if they are blocks, sand, or dollhouses. I will have to watch him when Lucy starts getting into dolls!
I’d like to say that I was finished baking by the time everyone started arriving. Layna showed up first with Lotus and Luka. Poor Louis had the flu so he was staying with her parents so Ollie could visit as well.
Lotus is the spitting image of her mother!
And Luka could be my brother 25 years ago!
My brother is getting older, too! Hard to believe he is 35 when I watch him playing video games with my husband. And to think I’ll be 40 in a week!
I was still panicking about food when my mother arrived. She proceeded to show me that I was too pent up by dancing around my kitchen while screaming “YOLO”.
We did have plenty of food. Not only did everyone bring something but we also had birthday cake.
Miss Lucy’s birthday was incredible. I have no idea where that stunning red hair came from but my Dad says his mother had the most beautiful curly red hair this side of heaven.
After dinner I was still trying to get people to eat the two tons of food I made. My father politely declined. Colleen also said no because she had other houses to visit. She would not give up the name of boy. And Holly ignored me the way kid sisters tend to do.
Everyone did their own thing after dinner. It was fun watching Oliver interact with his son. Mom even got in on the sandbox action!
Adam thought the best time to try and sell his goodies was after a big Feast Day meal. He looked so proud of himself that his aunts, grandma, and I took pity on him. Kid made out like a bandit!
Lucy got covered in cake so after a quick bath she settled in to play with Lotus. Those two are going to be thick as thieves…and heart breakers, too!
It was about 11pm by the time I finally got everyone cleared out. I’d been waiting all day to get the final shot for my collage. Now it feels complete.
I took Lucy upstairs and tucked her into her big girl beg for the first time. She was a bit nervous but settled in after a short time.
When I knew she was asleep I went into the computer room to read Olivia’s latest email.