Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy 4th, Happy 2yr anniversery, Happy Bday

Its Just Happy, Happy All Around

Yes, this post is super late, should of gone up after the 4th.
So we've basically been in the house for 2yrs now, and its the 4th of July and its my bday!!! What a great reason for a super long post full of pictures!

We've been in sorta a mad rush at the house lately wanting to get a bunch of projects done before our anniversary. We did pretty well, with the kitchen getting redone, the lumber rack, and tons of site-built storage for the house and shade to replace the wonderful tree the jerkwad neighbor killed... Its probably why I look so tired in some of these party pictures..that and having a 3month old who still only sleeps for 2hrs at a time at night....

Here we are with aunts, uncles and cousin Ben pushing Natasha to the annual Alameda 4th of July parade. Locals often refer to Alameda as Mayberry and on the 4th it really sticks.

Here's the obligatory parade shot with baby. The Alameda parade is so huge everyone says that half of the island is in the parade and the other half is watching. The route is like 3 miles long! I feel bad for the kids in the marching bands its pretty hot in July and that's a pretty far slog.

After the parade it was time for the BBQ! The parade went a LOT longer than we were planning so we were way behind in some of the preparations. The lucky few early birds got drafted into service helping prepare (thanks auntie Grace).

Here's a shot of the BBQ. Everyone is looking over at me at the grill wondering when I'll start cooking! Did I mention I was a bit behind schedule?

Another shot of the party. Family, friends, neighbors-the coolaroo shade sail really saved our bacon.

We new we weren't going to be able to fit everyone under a coolaroo so we borrowed our friend Kevy's shade pop-up. We called this the nerd section after this shot, kids reading and adults ignoring the rest of the party (jk Ayse and Noel).

Here's a shot of the food. You can see the home-made pineapple salsa, the home-made mango salsa, and on the side burner on the grill a big pot of roasted garlic mashed purple potatoes. They don't taste any diff than new potatoes but its fun to see adults recoil in terror because, 'my god they're purple!!!!'

Overhead shot a little later in the day. Nieces are still fighting over the baby.


Tasha with her uncle Chippy-that's her grumpy face.

Tasha with Auntie Grace.

Tasha with the nieces.

back to regularly scheduled programming...

So, it was my bday and of course we had a cake. Angel food cake with whip cream icing and strawberries and Ninjas!!

The ninjas were a big hit with the kids. Yummm tasty ninjas...

Irene took care of cutting the cake.

And I took care of eating it-with some help of course.

More Cute Baby Pics!!!

Our good friend Margie (who used to be one of our roommates when we lived back in SF) surprised me by showing up unannounced.

Sleepy baby.

More sleepy baby on Ayse's lap.

Cute baby in her 4th of July party dress.

Not a baby anymore but our buddy Big Dave's youngest doing what kids should in the dirt!

Back to the BBQ.

Big Dave's son James(with help from mom) brought an activity for the other kids to do. Making lady bugs out of strawberries, grapes and choc chips! Here's James showing the other kids how its done.

Viola the finished bug!

The other kids hard at work on making their own bugs. This was totally great kept the kids occupied for an hour easy. This party was chock full of 7-9yr old boys...if it wasn't for this and two trips to the park down the street these kids woulda been climbing the walls...

It started to cool off pretty fast so we fired up the fire pit. Here's a shot of nieces, nephews, and aunts enjoying the warmth.

More Cute Baby Pics!!!

This was Tasha's night time outfit I believe..well the first one anyways till she puked all over it....ain't she adorable?

Natasha with uncle Chippy again.

Kevy flew back from LA just to hold Tasha around our fire pit!

Back to the BBQ.

It started to get dusky and we rounded up the troops and headed out to watch the fire works. The city of Oakland has a big fireworks display at the embarcadero every fourth, so our plan was to be directly across the water from where they were setting off the fire works. A free show with no giant crazy crowds.

On the walk over don't suggest to 2 rambunctious 7 year olds to go play in the sprinklers....cause they'll do it!! duh.

We miss-calculated by oh 1/2 a mile as to where the fire works where going to Big D said,' How many of us are carrying GPS enabled i-phones where we coulda just looked up the right place to be!' But we could still see em. Except for that dang big boat crane!

But we enjoyed the show anyways.

After the fireworks most of us came back and sat around the fire-pit and told ghost stories. I scared the kids with tales of how the house was built on a grave yard..where they moved the tombstones but not the bodies......boogety-boo

Even though it was cold outside Tasha was nice and warm wrapped in her blanket and hat.

One final shot of the King and his princess.

Overall our first family 4th of July BBQ was a success. We toned way down the food we usually prepare and it still wasn't ready by the time guests showed. It was a nice relaxed family style event without the wacky high-jinks and multiple shot drinking of past bdays.

See y'all next year!

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