December 9 – Party Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.
Party - Aug. 21, 2010 - My day began early, as Steve and I were helping our daughter and son in law set up tables, prepare last minute food, arrange seating, and decorate for THE party of the year. Kiley's 1st Birthday. For the last month leading up to this special day, the memories of watching Kiley grow swarmed in my head, seeing her first smile, hearing her first laugh, watching her roll over for the first time, watching her learn to crawl, seeing her take her first step, and finally seeing, just 2 days before her birthday, her first tooth. Now the day had come to see her begin her next year in life. I looked ahead to watching her open her presents, look at her cards, play with her balloons, intermingle with family and friends in a group setting, and most of all, to watching her eat her first piece of birthday cake all by herself.
Most years the month of August are hot and humid in our area. This year Mother Nature cooperated and gave us a very beautiful sunny day, very warm bit with a light breeze blowing, tables set up under big shade trees in the kids back yard. Upon one table set Kiley's birthday cake her Mom had baked and decorated for this big day. Tea, soda, punch and water, sliced meats, cheeses, chips, fruit tray, veggies with dip, fresh sliced tomatoes, were layed out on another table for guests to enjoy. Ice cream awaited in the freezer to be served with the cake later.
Kiley, being a gracious little hostess at her party, played with, shared her toys, books, and her big smiles with everyone present, going to one then another, all around the guests and then starting all over again.
When it come time to open her presents, she sat patiently on the table and as each card was opened and presented to her, she held the card and looked at it as it was read to her, just like she was reading it with her Aunt Leslie, who by the way, enjoyed being the helper to her niece while her Dad helped place presents on the table one at a time for her to open and her Mom was busy behind the camera capturing the moments, to cherish forever, this major event of the year. Every present was oowwed and aahhed over, and not once did she loose interest in this new game of opening the colorful packages and cartoon character covered bags to find new toys, books, games, clothes, and money.
As each person started to leave for the day, she kissed them goodbye and gave her special little hug with the uuhhh, as she squeezed them. By late afternoon, she was getting tired, no sleep for the weary with a party going on. Her other Grandma took the pleasure of walking and rocking her to sleep finally about 4:30, while the rest of us helped the kids clean up, put away food, put up tables and chairs and talk about the days highlights of watching and bragging to each other what good little hostess she had been.
There are a few months yet before her next birthday celebration, but it is one we are all looking forward to with much anticipation.