First, Happy Birthday Grandma J, Grandma B, and Aunt Myra!!!
Second, Yep. Count ‘em… 3 Cakes! For 11 people. My mom wanted things to be equitable, 3 birthday girls means three cakes!! That and she wanted to use her cake plates (of which she has, coincidently, 3…;)).
The morning began with a trip to the grocery store. Our intention was to prepare a simple, yet elegant menu… Chicken and Pork Skewers (with veggies), Salads Galore, Rolls and an array of ‘easy’ appetizers. Over the years, my family has hosted many a gathering and party. And just when we think things are going to be simple, we realize that there is still a lot of work ahead. Lesson # 1- No matter how many parties you throw the amount of work remains the same – chopping, garnishing, errands, re-arranging the fridge dozens of times to make room, setting the table, coordinating pick-ups, etc., etc. Yet, even though it can be a little stressful at times, there is usually a great deal of fun had and the end product seemingly always comes together.
I must admit to being a little tired and less focused than I usual am during the party prep process. I think that my mind is processing just how much I have seen and done… while knowing there is still much to come. I have travelled 1000s of KM and had very full days… that has to have a little bit of a toll on your body, even if you are loving every minute of it! I think the return to the familiar also played a role… my body instantly relaxed and knew it could rest. I think it wanted to take full advantage…;). That, and toobe honest, I wanted to chat more so than I wanted to work. The once a week phone chats left much to be desired on the ‘news’ front. I only had the highlights, not always the full story. And though I am an effective multitasker… talking is one ‘task’ that well, is not easily ‘multi’ed. “Less talking, more chopping” became the mantra of the kitchen…;). We would have more time for that later…
Before we knew it, it was GO time. The guests started to arrive and the visiting began! It was so great to get caught up with everyone and to see them face to face. It had not been all that long since we had been together, but when one is further afield than normal, it always ‘feels’ like a long time. Lots of stories to hear and share… always good to do these sorts of things over a feast! Everyone enjoyed themseleves and the Grandmas/my aunt seemed quite pleased with their gifts and celebrations. Of course, there were leftovers abound – in particular cake – so everyone left with care packages in tow. Lesson # 2 – no matter how many parties you throw, you will always make too much food!
After the festivities, I tagged along with my sister and brother-in-law back to their place. We watched a childhood favourite – Wonder Woman – which is far more risque than we remembered…;)… and played a round of “Scene It”! Most fun, even though, as always Preston won!!! I always like going to my sister and brother-in-law’s house… in a way it feels like that ‘secret club house’ we all had as kids. A place to hang out, chat, etc. on our own.. only now, there are more snacks, comfortable couches, and central air conditioning involved! Good times…:).
Tomorrow, my parents and I are spending the day together… AND, one of my dearest friends, Jordan, will be coming down for a visit! We will be heading to her hometown the next day, just outside of London, for an Art Show and a visit with her parents. Stay tuned for these and many other adventures…;).