One Wild Party

Arle’s third birthday is tomorrow.


The birthday festivities took place on Saturday.  I didn’t put nearly as much effort, flour, or sugar into this party as I did last year’s.  Time just seemed to get away from me, or perhaps it’s because I was a big, huge, gigantic procrastinator.

Arle wanted a “Sunshine” party, therefore we decided it just made since to have it outdoors.  We planned on having lots of activities to keep all the kiddos entertained, but two days before the party, the local weatherman reported that Saturday’s heat and humidity would be “absolutely oppressive.”  He mentioned a small chance for rain Saturday night, but said the day should be clear.

We then decided to have a couple of small pools in the yard for the kids to cool off in.  I emailed all the moms and told them to bring swimsuits and towels for their kiddos.

The day of the party, we woke up to ridiculous amounts of rain.  It rained and it rained and then it decided to rain some more.

I decided to delay the party an hour just to see if we could possibly have some sunshine at our sunshine party because that would be nice.

By the time guests started arriving, the rain had stopped and the sun was shining.  It wasn’t nearly as warm as expected, so I didn’t know if the kids would actually want to swim.

I’m a moron.

Of course they wanted to swim.

All of the adults got a kick out of watching the muddy fiasco.

Arle successfully blew out her three candles and refuses to tell me what she wished for:

Due to the two inches of rain that had just fallen, our yard turned into a soggy bog.  The pool started out with clear water like this:

Here’s what it looked like after the party:

Actually there are a couple of other things I would like to note about the first pic.  It was actually taken right after Arle decided to strip down in the middle of her birthday party.

I’m not kidding.

She was playing in the pool and suddenly decided that it would be super fun to go skinny dipping in front of all her friends and their parents.  She was naked as a jaybird in two seconds flat.

It’s her birthday and she’ll wear her birthday suit if she wants to.

I promptly walked over to re-dress her and informed her that we were not having THAT kind of a party.

You should also take note of the play house in the background of the first pic.  Trav’s parents gave it to Arle as her birthday gift this year.  Trav spent hours putting the thing together Friday night.

This is what the fence of the house looked like post-party after a bunch of pre-schoolers had their way with it:

The water was black because the kids had fun.

The fence was destroyed because the kids had fun.

Trav’s grass, that he was once upon a time so proud of, is a muddy mess because the kids had fun.

It took me an hour and a half to clean our floors yesterday because the kids had fun. 


7 Responses so far »

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    Kristin said,

    I love these pics!!! So great. You totally captured the party! I may have to ask you to send some photos of our mud-covered little girl my way… So fun! Happy birthday, “Ar”! Thanks for being a great hostess!

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    Nancy said,

    I loved looking at all the bday pictures…I was wondering about the party all day long!! It was raining in Chicago!! Looks like you all had a great time! Regardless of the weather! I can’t believe she wanted to strip down, but she was skinny dipping on her vacation to New Mexico! Well I will call tomorrow and wish my girl a happy birthday! Loved all the photos!!

  3. 3

    man, that was one wild party. so fun. happy birthday to the miss priss.

  4. 4

    jami nato said,

    i didn’t think the party was fun. just kidding…it was a blast! luckily layne left the mask at the party. i could see that he was thinking of ways to get this new form of eyewear home.

    and also, did your white linen pants stay white the whole time? you are ridiculous!

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    Pam S. said,

    Well, don’t blink because before you even realize it these b-day pics will turn into graduation pics. Just ask Nana! Bill asked me day before yesterday if I thought Nana was counting the days with a lump in her throat as Alexis spreads her wings and flies the nest. Treasure every moment, even the ones that don’t seem to be such jewels! What a sweet gift you two received in baby Arle! We are loving watching her grow up.

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    Susan Hile said,

    You captured some of the sweetest faces in these pics. Oh so cute! Thanks for sharing them. :)

  7. 7

    Kim said,

    Precious b-day pics! What fun the kids seemed to be having.
    It’s only mud, huh?
    Arle, Ronnie and I wish you a happiest 3rd birthday.
    Wish we could’ve celebrated with you all.

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