Well its nearly Christmas and thankfully or not thankfully we seem to be doing things totally low key on our piece of the world.
We had the kids and angel Mans birthday plus celebrated our 8th aniversary a couple weekends ago and it was great fun to have so many people come over and spoil them like they did.
The water slide jumping castle was a massive success and so was the spit for those who stayed for dinner.
Learnings from having over 35 bodies at your house in one horrifically hot afternoon - ice!!! i will invest in one of those large tin tubs and buy hot ice or something like that! its was horrible trying to keep the drinks cold and available and a lot of back and forward running could have been avoided.
Also check if there is an actual sauce being supplied by the caterer as we didn't (He told me about these yummy potatoes in tomato and onion and imagined it to be saucy but it wasn't) Other than that... we will definitely need to build the 'deck' going out from the back door or something like that. The up down of the stoep/outside area up to the Jumping Castle was murder on my poor knee and I spent most of Sunday unable to put my full weight on that leg/hip!! Not to mention the sun! and the broken spaces between the people was also weird. Will have to rethink the whole back garden at some point but I just cant be bothered at the moment with my floor rather than my roof leaking every time it rains... i know weird!!
I also need to work on being a lot more organised considering I took Friday off to accomplished stuff and didn't really get anything done the way I had planned - i did however manage to employ an new cleaning lady and gardener which in and of itself is a massive achievement!!
It was really nice to walk from room to room in our house and see people mingling and chatting playing Xbox and kinnect in the lounge, kids in and out but not getting into mischief or anything like that... and then outside all the grownups and more kids on the jumping castle in the middle of the garden.
We only had one seriously annoying guest. One of the parents from school - he DID NOT STOP TALKING and when Angel mans boss and wife arrived he landed up talking and talking about himself and his life REALLY loudly. I cant explain the kind of guy this dad is, but we didn't realise he was SOO annoying. (I know that must sound horrible) But now we know and its not like after this year we will see him again as our kids are going to different schools.
Other than that - we got to see some friends we havn't seen in more than a year which was lovely and we did get to chat here and there to most of them as well as some hockey parents (very surprised that they arrived!!) And everyone got on well so they kept themselves amused when we were running around sorting other stuff out.
The only incident of the day was that some kids got hold of the koki pens and left them on angel girls bed so now i have a long (15cm) red stripe were the pen leaked on her brand new bedspread - but for once im not behaving like a total control freak and if thats the worst that came out of the amazing day/night birthday bash then so be it.
I did say that we wont do somthing so huge next year - i need at least two years to recover - which fits inperfectly for my 10 year plan ;-)