Sunday, June 18, 2006

Tradition






Today was our 'Kids Party'. A family tradition that we celebrated for the first time for the next generation of children. Each summer our parents used to hold a party for us grandchildren/cousins (there were 10 of us). We would have gifts from everyone and run around and eat huge dinners. It was totally overwhelming, loud, busy and fun! Some of our favourite times happened at these Kid Parties.
As we aged our youngest cousin sort of got ripped off - I was 15 and he was 1 (I am the oldest granchild) so you can pretty much guess that by the time he was old enough to enjoy these parties we were all out of school and working etc. So for the last 10 or so years we haven't had Kids Parties since there were no kids.
Seth is 4 now and living here, close to all of us (he used to live 11 hrs along a treacherous highway from us) and his sister is 2. He saw pictures of our parties at his Grandma's and asked when he would be a kid.
Needless to say, we had our first party today!
It was so fun and a little strange to be the one giving gifts to the little ones. It was quite a multi-purpose occasion.
Richard (the youngest cousin) just graduated from High School, his sister Andrea just had Kai and Shelby is getting married in 12 days. We had gifts for all of them.
And wonder of all wonders my dog did not fight with either of the dogs who live there! That is a first, a welcome first.
We had a pinata - let's just say there was some enthusiasm for that, in fact I got whacked across the fingers as I was hanging it up! That hurt.
Tonight was our Annual Burgers & Beer fundraiser for work so I had to leave the party early to sling burgers. We had a good turn out and I won a prize at the Silent Auction. Climbing gear!!
I am so excited. A climbing harness, 3 2-way radios, a fleece sweatshirt and 2 pairs of sunglasses all for $86 thank you very much. All proceeds to our childcare programs. This may be the longest post ever due to a few too many after I finished cooking. But hey - it was a great night and our kids will benefit from it.
Ooh the pillow is a preview of the quilt that my Mom is making for my cousin and her soon to be husband. Incredible isn't it? So many details that mean so much - like she included a butterfly cut from a piece of our Nana's handmade lace. It is a work of love.

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Posted by Miss Scarlett @ 12:50 AM

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Excellent post! This is definitely a tradition that needs to be reborn - what a great idea! You sound like you had lots of fun; way back when and even today. Congrats! BTW the pillow looks awesome.

Posted by Blogger Cynthia @ 6:24 AM #
 
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