Last Wednesday, my old friend BB threw a party for all the people she knew with MY name. Only two of us actually made it (along with our families), and the other one came up sick. BB's sister Di and brother JMcB also came, Di to help and JMcB to hang out.
It was just like old times.
You see, BB and her family have always marched to drummers different from the rest of us. I don't know any other family that has a rubber chicken in the chandelier over their diningroom table. Or a fire engine in their garage. Or has as much fun together and apart as these people do. So being friends with them (my father and her father are best buds) is a totally enriching experience.
So, the party...
It was hot. OMG, so HOT! She's got a wonderfully shaded back section that we just had to go investigate, in spite of the mosquitoes (which BabyE was pretending to use for bait). Sadly, a new development is going to be put in back there and we will all lose those dense woods.
BB borrowed a big, industrial-strength floor fan from her dad and a long table to eat at. She set up this very bizarre, squiggly sprinkler in the back yard and was the first (fully dressed) to run through it to cool down. The boys got into the act, then as soon as they were drenched, ran to the patio and stood in front of the fan to cool off even more.
Kida was invited as well, and spent lots of hot, sweaty time running around madly with Zane. Suddenly, they seemed to remember that INSIDE was where the air conditioning was and began begging to go in. We gave them large buckets of water instead until they calmed down.
It was so hot that when we sat down to eat, we seriously considered pulling the sprinkler over so that we could sit in the "rain" during dinner. That would have been a truly Florida moment!
After dinner, we went inside. It was hot, muggy, and the mosquitoes were coming out in earnest - no amount of fan-stirred air or bug spray could keep them off of us. As we settled down with our beverages-of-choice in the cool livingroom, the kids came in to offer us a show...
... featuring a wizard, a slave, and an evil guard.
All in all, a wonderful evening. We finally left. Darling Man and ZBoy went to check on SSK's house (they're off visiting his mom), and Kida and I walked home in the dark.
Now, some miscellaneous pictures from our party:
Oh, yeah. I provided dessert. Cool, huh?