celebrating

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Last weekend we celebrated Lucas turning 10.  It is earlier than his actual birthday but we decided this year not to mix it in with Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday celebrations.

Also, we thought being earlier, we’d have a better chance to get better weather.  But just like our last celebration in mid July, middle of the summer, of the hottest and driest year ever, we got a downpour that party day.  Much needed for sure, and ending up a perfectly great celebration.  So we’ve learned to just roll with it, and have great friends that will go along with us as well.  That is something to be thankful for, for sure!  The coolest friends ever.

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Siena decorated Lucas’s cake and cupcakes, per his request.

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A baseball cake, baseball cupcakes and a sign.

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I like having the glasses marked for the day, and reusing these markers party after party has been helpful.

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Drinks in one central table.  Nettle tea, hot and cold. Kombucha, apple cider and hot chocolate.

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Hot chocolate made on the crockpot.  A very rich, very non-low fat recipe, but a special treat for a special day.  With cup holders made out of old sweaters to hold the hot jars.  And topped with marshmallows and cinnamon.  It was really good.

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Fall season with fall foods and colors.

DSC_0029 copy Apples per his request, and of course, a little caramel and chocolate drizzled on top.

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And the outside ready for the rain.  Yup.  We got the rainy day for this party as well.

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Once most of our friends had arrived we headed to the park.  Lucas’s wishes and his plans.

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Rain and all. DSC_0035 copy DSC_0038 copy

Closed pool for the season.  But the park ready for playing at any time.

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There was no need to reserve a table this time of the year.  The tables were all open actually, and also, they were all soaking wet.  As we were getting started Capture The Flag we got the hardest rain of the day.  DSC_0040 copy

Siena said laughing later that day, that she couldn’t see where she was running during this downpour.

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Everyone was soaked.  But still smiling, heard laughs from the kids running and playing, and no one complained of the rain, or being cold.  True Oregonians I must say and real troopers.  DSC_0046 copyRunning.

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After the first flag was found and played for about an hour, they moved onto Ultimate Frisbee.  Everyone still soaked, but warm from all the running they were ready for another game. DSC_0091 copy DSC_0099 copy

I love this photo because it has (almost) everyone from the party celebrating with us, and it looks like our friends there in the middle have this very large family.  Doesn’t it?

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Do you see the muddy field there? Yeah… it didn’t get any better.

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And do you see this little guy’s smile?  Still has it when he talks about his party!

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Not sure it mattered who won which game, or that it was raining and they were all muddy.  They walked back to our house to an outdoor fire going ready for them to warm up.

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The hotdogs, the hot chocolate and the rest of the food ready for them too.

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Veggies dogs and hot dogs to be roasted over the fire.

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Some of these kids were hot and bare feet, getting their wet and muddy shoes off.  And most of them tired, hungry, and ready for the fire and to sit down for a little bit and eat.

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Not sure if the best hot dog ever is a sign of my culinary doing, but rather more to do with being outside for few hours, running and playing under the rain and cooking your own food over an open fire.  But I will take the compliment if it makes it an even more memorable party.

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And then the cake.  A baseball cake, a very Lucas choice, and love it so much. Because Lucas loves baseball, because I made the cake with love thinking of him, and because Siena decorated it for him.

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He opened cards and presents, and there were lots of laughter and stories… and cool drawings!  DSC_0237 copyDSC_0256 copy DSC_0267 copyDSC_0271 copyAnd one more food of course… s’mores!  You can’t have a fire without them, right?

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A beautiful and fun and rainy and muddy day.  A perfect day for our youngest one.

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Thank you for celebrating with us. We’ve got the awesomest friends. Ever.  And if you want to see a controversial play and one of the most discussed plays at our house this past week, you should watch this video and decide for yourself.  Thanks David for taping recording it!

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4 thoughts on “celebrating

  1. Lisa Sheldon October 16, 2015 / 6:07 am

    Happy Birthday Lucas! 10 years–WOW! Many happy returns of the day from all of us!

  2. Glendie October 17, 2015 / 8:29 am

    Very, VERY fun celebration. Thanks for sharing!!!! Happy Birthday, Lucas! Love you another year’s worth!

    • NaturallyFunDays : Marcela October 19, 2015 / 11:30 pm

      Glad you can see some of that day. We all had so much fun! For Lucas, as long as there is rain, friends, and running around, I think we got the best day ever.

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