Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Break and Fabulous 60's Party

The Ditto's filled Spring Break full of fun activities!
Tyler participated in the Track camp at the high school.  He competed in the hurdles...

 1000 meter run...
and the relay race.  Tyler continues to excel in his love for track.





 
 Three of the awesome cheerleaders -- Chloe, cousin Mila and Sage.

Alex warmed up for baseball season by participating in a three day baseball camp.

THEN...

 Alex and Tyler put on a 2.5 hour Spring Break camp for nine kids to raise some spending money.  Alex had made a great flyer that he emailed to several families that he thought might be interested.  Their spots filled up quickly and the camp was a total success.  The kid's ages ranged from 2.5 years old to ten years old.  The boys had planned all the activities down to the minute -- from outdoor games with the parachute to science experiments with eggs to indoor games and craft.
Alysee was hired to care for Mila during the 2.5 hour camp.  They were two  peas in a pod.
 One of the last activities the kids did was make bunnies out of dough.
Pretty sure the kids LOVED this activity!!! 











FRIDAY NIGHT we loaded up with car with all the kiddos and headed to Spokane for a super duper fun Easter weekend and ultimately the long awaited SURPRISE PARTY!!!


Saturday we spent the morning and early afternoon at Easter Egg hunts and freezing our buns off at a park.  The cousins all had a glorious time together!



 Grannie had organized lots of fun Easter Egg games that kept the kids busy while we were roasting hot dogs.  

Little to Grannie's knowledge we had all been planning a SURPRISE 60th Birthday Party since January.  So Saturday afternoon and early evening we all invented different lies so we could sneak away from Grannie and prepare for the BIG party.


Each of us couples had a different assignment for the night.  It was so wonderful to see everything come together from the housing of out-of-town relatives, delicious food, DJ/Music, Tribute book, invitations, the incredibly written program for the night, and the amazing decorations.


Here's Grannie coming through the door -- she was totally overwhelmed and confused at why she was seeing relatives from Canada in the church gym.
LOVE this face!!!  The whole evening was SO much work but SO worth it to see Debbie feeling like a queen and eating up all the fun things planned.

The night was filled with a AWESOME program that Birch's sister Tavia wrote with dancing and skits that re-enacted Debbie's life and talents.  Each family had a special part of the program.  Our family was assigned to represent the period in Debbie's life with seven kids at home.  Birch and I wrote this fun little song sung to the tune of "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp:

Little ditty about Debbie and  Ken
One American One Canook livin’ up in the heartland
Kenny’s  gonna be a football star
Debbie’s busy folk dancing both near and far

Suckin' on chili dogs outside the tastee freeze
Deb's sittin' on Kenny's lap
He's got his hand between her knees
Kenny say, hey, Debbie
Let's run off behind the Birch tree
You and me will get together
And start a family
Say a

Oh yeah, life goes on
Rais’n seven kids where has my mind gone.
Oh yeah, life goes on
We are a forever family but our money’s still gone.
They walk on

Reprieve

Fourteen months later
Brenty was bo—orn
As he grew up he
Profected his form.
Tav came along
Sweet as can be—ee.
Always jumpin and dancin’
Right by Debbie’s knee.

Oh yeah, life goes on
Rais’n seven kids where has my mind gone.
Say a
Oh yeah, life goes on
We are a forever family but our money’s still gone.
They walk on
 
Logan was next
Tennis was his scene
The Prineville girls went weak in the knees.
Kelly came along fifth in line
He could really throw the ball
and knew how to keep time.

Oh yeah, life goes on
Rais’n seven kids where has my mind gone.
Say a
Oh yeah, life goes on
We are a forever family but our money’s still gone.
They walk on

Blabber in the noists
With her pretty blond hair
Her volleyball fame
Reached from here to there.
We’re so glad that we  were blessed with Andrew
Without him in our family
What we do-oo.

Oh yeah, life goes on
Rais’n seven kids where has my mind gone.
Oh yeah, life goes on
We are a forever family but our money’s still gone.

ROCK ON!!!!
Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures from the night because we were all running around like maniac doing costume changes and performing.  It was awesome!  Uncle Kelly did put together a little movie of the night if you have an hour:


The party didn't stop on Saturday, though.  Sunday we celebrated Easter with a wonderful church service and blessing our newest Ditto -- Emmett born to Logan and Julia.
It was such a treat to have so many relatives who had traveled long distances to be there for the blessing.
We threw in a quick photoshoot of little Emmett.  What a cutie!
Sweet as can be!

I have to close with the guest of honor -- what a beautiful and wonderful woman Debbie is!!!  It was fun learning more about her life as we planned for this special party.  I feel blessed to come from a wonderful family and join another wonderful one!!!

We came home exhausted Sunday night but so thankful for such a memorable week!

3 comments:

emily a. said...

Holy criminy, that was quite the weekend. Awesome song Birch. That was a lot of work. I think I'll have to watch the show up at your house since our internet is so stinkin' slow.

Mama Nirvana said...

Surprise parties are truly the best! So much work, but the payoff is HUGE. Glad you had a great spring break.

Matt said...

What an incredibly well planned party. Very cool!