We kicked the weekend off with a bang by having our water softener break and spray water all over the basement! Hooray!!! Home repairs are always a rocking good time. Ugh.
I had the afternoon off on Friday (and Brian had summer hours) so while he spent the time getting a new water softener and lining up the repairman I went shopping for the birthday party we had planned for Saturday. We also had the neighbor girl over to help with some of the cleaning (win-win – she got some cash to spend a the village ‘carnival’ and we got someone to do the vacuuming!).
Saturday morning we finished up with the cleaning – my house never looks so clean as it does when we are going to have people over all just to be dirty again the second someone steps inside. I even made the kids eat their meals on the deck so they wouldn’t get the floors dirty! The party kicked off in the afternoon and I think it was a success. After a few years of slaving over the food I have decided that I will cater all parties and I stand by that decision. I’m sure I end up paying more for it in the end but if it means I can actually socialize with people instead of cutting up vegetables and standing over the grill then so much the better. I also had probably two to three times too much food… We had the neighbors over on Sunday night to help with some of the leftovers and we STILL had enough Italian Beef for about 4 more meals. Probably didn’t need 5 pounds and could have done with 2.5 or 3. Ah well. I also overdid it in the dessert department – and while delicious I probably didn’t need to order both cake and cupcakes.
Brian was a HOT MESS though and it was definitely a good thing that the kids went to his parents’ house at the end of the night and we were able to pick them up at lunch on Sunday. I think his 40th birthday ended up alright.