Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Many Hands

If you read our blog, you probably know first hand that I believe birthdays should be a big deal :). After pestering Jim for months, he finally conceded that a Cowboy theme really would be great. In reality, credit is probably due to Jim's friend Jamie who offered to bring a real live pony; I think that sealed the deal.

While Jim was busy ordering cowboy hats, sheriff badges and harmonicas, I set to work on sewing matching cowboy vests for Graham and Froggie.

We took a couple days off from work just to make sure we would have all the details in place for almost 60 guests but even with our crazy planning skills we couldn't do it alone. Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles all lent a hand.

Grandpa Paul and Jim coordinated the hay bales, and tables and chairs.

Graham and Grandma were in charge of frosting production. We even tried fondant for the Sheriff Star Cake. Mom's mad rolling pin skills were definitely key to that success.

Blocks and blocks of cheddar were shredded and pounds of pasta boiled by my sisters while Uncle Jason helped Jim pull the arcade game and mechanical horse from the basement. Here Graham and Abby try their luck at sharpshooting:

There was no rest for the weary as Jason also took the roll chief hot dog griller the next day while the rest of the crew rolled up their sleeves to make cider. Ethan drove in on just a few hours sleep to assist the apple pressers. He and Amanda both took a few bee stings in the process. (Sorry about that, you guys.)

Dad always told us, If everybody does a little, nobody does a lot, and it's true. Thank you to each and every one of you for pitching in with a smile... we can't wait until we can return the favor with your own little cowboys and cowgirls.


1 comment:

  1. We were happy to help! And I'm sure we can come up with lots of ways for you to help us. What we're going to need is first, a full sized chicken costume. Second, we are going to need you to dress up in said costume... :)