Wow what a weekend. Friday Joe took Josie up to Perry County to go hunting for her birthday. They love spending Daddy - daughter time together. Me, on the other hand, did not have such a good day. In fact it turned out to be a horrible no good day. I was stressed when I came into work because (1) we needed a new dryer and (2) I hate leaving my mom and Bet alone at our house when she comes up to visit. So my mind was already preoccupied. Keith actually gave me something back in which I had many tons of mistakes and made the comment "I don't know where your mind was at." Uggh, Sorry Keith. Around 10:00 Keith left for the day and told me I could leave at 1:30. Yeahh! So I immediately called my dad to see if he could take me and Lol to Best Buy to get our new dryer since Joe had taken the truck. Dad and I agreed that we would meet at our house at 2:00 p.m. Well at 12:25 p.m. a Judge set a hearing in a huge case for Monday (yes today) at 9:00 a.m. I tracked Keith down and he gave me a list of stuff to get down before Monday at 9:00 a.m. but said I could still leave at 1:30 since I had family up. My blood pressure was through the roof running around and making calls trying to do everything I could in 45 minutes. I got everything but one thing done and left him a note that I could not come to work on it Saturday because that was Josie's birthday party and Sunday was Josie's birthday but I would come while she was napping. I got to the house a little after 2:00 p.m. Ben, Mom, and Bet already had the old dryer out of the house. Yeah!! So Dad and I went and got the new dryer. Ben, Mom & Bet were waiting at our house when we got back and Ben got it all hooked up for me. They also went ahead and helped me move the trampoline to a better part of the yard since we were all out there which was an adventure in itself. We had legs falling off and we had to walk through bushes and trees, but we finally got it where we wanted it. After that we rested for a few minutes. I called Joe and he told me that they were going to eat at his Grandmothers and Mom and Bet were going to dinner with Ben and Tiffany so it was just me and Lol. So I decided to call Other Mama and see if she wanted to go to dinner. She did so Lol and I ran some errands and met her for dinner. After dinner we headed home and Joe and Josie got home shortly after us. We then bathed the girls and put them down for bed. A little later Bet told me that the new dryer was not heating. It was 8:45 and Marvins had already closed and Lowes closes at 9:00 so Ben and Joe were about to head to Best Buy when an electrican friend of ours told us to try something. It worked!!! So then Mom, Joe and I headed to the church to start decorating for Josie's birthday party. We worked from around 9:15 p.m. until midnight. We set up tables for the adults to sit at, we set up the food tables, we made the elevator ramp into Mt. Burdick, we put up a Happy Birthday bulletin board, we hung snowflakes from everywhere, we made winter scenes all over the walls, we set up a crafts table, we set up the blow up penguin, we started blowing up balloons, we put up blue streamers, hung posters of Dora, and placed Dora dolls around the room. A little after midnight we headed home in a horrible rain. As we were passing the Wetumpka Water Works and Russell plant we saw where a car had hydroplaned off the road and into the ditch so I called 911. The 911 people did not know where I was talking about (how scary is that!!) so they then transferred me to the Wetumpka Police Department who again acted like they had no clue where the Wetumpka Water Works was at. I was also told to "slow down ma'am." I cracked up laughing as soon as I hung up. He was acting like I was describing a horrible crime and was talking too fast when I all I was doing was asking them to send someone out to check on the person in front of the Wetumpka Water works. Needless to say it was after 1:00 a.m. before we got in bed. Saturday the girls, mom and I got up and started making the "smores" (we dipped marshmellows into chocolate and then into crushed up graham crackers.) After that Mom and I cleaned the pools for us to put the snow into. Then we loaded up and headed back to the church. Other Mama met us at the church and Mom, Other Mama, and I worked from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. putting the snow in the pools, finished blowing up the ballons, making goody bags, realizing we needed a skate board for Mt. Burdick, putting up pictures of Josie, and everything else that had to be done. Mom and I left the church at noon and picked up Josie's cake. She had asked for Dora & Boots icecream cake so that is what we got her. We headed home to eat lunch, shower, and the girls ready. Needless to say it was very rushed but we managed to get back down to the church a around 1:30-1:35. Mom and Bet had stopped to get ice so the girls talked to Aunt Becca who was waiting for us at the church while we waited for Mom and Bet to get there. I wanted Mom to see Josie's reaction to everything since she had worked just as hard as I had. So when they got there we all walked in and Josie and Jolie both just started squealing. We had a blow up penguin that they could throw "snowballs" (styrofoam balls) at, we had the elevator ramp set up for them to slide down, we had three plastic pools set up with "snow" (two had stuff that is called instant snow that felt like snow and the third pool was full of stuff/fluff stuff), we had a craft table, we had a streamer thing they could run through, and we had tons of balloons and plastic balls on the floor to make it look like snow on the floor for them to play with. It really did look like a Winter Wonder Land. We had around 55 people and Josie had an awesome time. She was so excited and I really hope everyone had a good time. And I want to thank every one so much that came because it would not have been a party without all of you. I also want to thank everyone who helped setup and clean up afterwards. It took us about an hour to an hour and a half to clean up. Here are some pictures:
Josie & Ms. Erica:
Lollie & Blake playing in the snow:
Anyone else who has pictures, please send them to me.
It totally made all it all worth it when as soon as we got in the car Josie told us that she had had fun at her party. And we didn't even ask her. She loved all of her presents and has already played with everything. That evening we ordered in pizza and Aunt Tiffany, Uncle Ben, and Tanner came to the house to hang out with us. Sunday morning when Josie got up she came and got in the bed with me and Joe. We both told her happy birthday and she was so excited because it was her birthday "again." We sang her happy birthday at breakfast and at church. After church the four of us, Chris, Crystal, Elias, Annaleigh, Tim, Mary Kelley, Jesse & Catie went to lunch at Shoneys where they brought her a huge piece of cake and sang happy birthday to her. She loved it :) We went home and laid the girls down for naps and I went into work for two hours. Then I ran to the store to get stuff to make dinner. I went home and cooked spaghetti (one of Josie's favorites) and then she got to blow out her candle again as we sang her happy birthday. Other Mama had bought a cupcake cake shaped like a dog which she was "so excited" about so she and Lol each got a cupcake. I want to thank all of you who called her and wished her happy birthday yesterday. She loves getting calls and those made her day on top of everyone who saw her wishing her a happy birthady and singing to her. All in all she had a great birthday and I still can not believe I am mother to a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Thank you again to everyone who helped in so many ways over the weekend! We love you all.