Quick check in, because I will be gone all weekend so not writing today would mean likely a LONG time between posts...
Munchkin's preposterously large, completely over-the-top graduation party was last weekend, and it was a smashing success. It included:
- a Tent
- a LOT of people (maybe 300 at one point or another during the day?)
- Surprisingly good weather - the forecast said overcast, maybe some rain...it was sunny and hot!
- One adorable French boy who is now here for another week
- Copious amounts of BBQ - ribs, brisket, chicken, cornbread, coleslaw, baked beans, corn and oh, so very much pie!
- Several of the Chicago folks
- An awful lot of beer
Munchkin felt loved, which was kind of the whole point, and as I told So Midwestern yesterday, she does very well as the center of attention. That actually sounds bad...I don't mean to imply that she seeks or demands attention, just that her reaction to something like this is an overwhelming joy at having so many people around that she cares about.
And many, many thanks to Big Sis who did the vast majority of the work to pull this together. It was her house, and she took care of the food and the tent and everything else. I really only had to deal with inviting everyone and delivering the guest of honor:-).
She and Frenchie have been at the beach all week, and the rest of us are headed down tomorrow (except for The Boy, who is headed down with his friend on his friend's new boat...one of the three worst ideas I have ever heard;-)). Should be a great weekend! The house will be packed, the weather looks good, and it's a full four days long. How can that possibly not be awesome?
I'm going to leave you with a question that I have sort of asked before, and which is prompted by observations of parents and later-teenaged children at the same party:
How did you parents treat alcohol around you at almost-drinking age? And how do you (or do you plan to) treat it with your kids? If you are at the same place, and not traveling anywhere, would your parents let you drink...a little? A lot? Strictly forbidden?
My observational analysis says that this is all over the place, so I'd like to hear what you think!