Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Everyone Loves a Party!

Hospitals, pneumonia and sepsis are behind us.  This past weekend was all about a party!

My hubby, Richard, and I have two daughters (his and hers) who are two months apart.  Step-sisters so close in age?  Yikes!  Sounds like a disaster in the making!  It hasn’t been – not even close.  They don’t just tolerate each other, they are best friends. Richard and I constantly shake our heads at our good fortune.

On Saturday, we celebrated their college graduation and couldn’t be prouder. 
Yummy and adorable!
(Well, I was actually pretty proud we were able to make these adorable chocolate graduation caps.  So easy even I could do it – thankfully, with a little help from hubby.).

We had enough people at the house to be grateful for a big backyard, an extra borrowed barbeque and college kids who know how to be comfortable in large, noisy crowds with barely enough seating. (Nice to know that college tuition was not wasted!).

A little tip: It helped to have invested in a five dollar table Ping-Pong set, a few red cups and a couple bottles of beer which turned out to be worth hours of entertainment.

A few days before the party, I called Robert to tell him I will pick him up early because we were having a graduation party for the girls.

He gave me his usual response of, “That sounds good” but sounded excited he was coming over a little earlier than usual.

There’s going to be a lot of people at the house, Robert.

Robert’s words don’t change but the big smile through the phone is evident. “That sounds good.”

Richard is going to barbeque hamburgers and hot dogs.

“That sounds really good.” Ha! The promise of one of his favorite foods gets him very excited about the weekend. 

Even though Robert didn’t deviate from his routine of sitting on the couch doing his word search puzzles (yes, during the party), he seemed to enjoy the commotion and the extra conversation and the food.  Definitely, the food. “The food is excellent” was his response to anyone who asked.  Followed by, “Can I have some Rocky Road Ice Cream?” (Some routines can’t be changed.)

The girls were relaxed and happy all day, visiting with friends, family and neighbors and probably more than a little thankful finals were a distant memory.

Even the dogs ran around soaking up the attention and way too many scraps of food (my protests to the brothers-in-law falling on deaf ears).
Congrats, girls!
Having a house full of people and hosting big parties is one of my favorite things even though it’s chaotic and exhausting and, days later, I am still picking up confetti (every party needs confetti!).

The smiles, laughter and happiness filling the house – yes, even the chaos – while celebrating life’s milestones is what family is all about. (That and a lot of food!).

Congratulations, girls. You two make me smile every day!


Kathy Lowrey said...


Congrats indeed to the girls!
And Congrats to Mom and Dad for , well, everything :)
I know you must be so very proud.

Loved the little hats, I bet they were as enjoyable to eat as to make and YAY for Robert for being so willing to adjust to the changes of his routine by coming early, tolerating extra commotion and having a party on his weekend. ;-)

Sounds like a good time was had by all, even the dogs :)

Anonymous said...

Yay Trish! I have been missing my blogging buddies and was wondering how Robert was doing after the sepsis. So good to read such a happy and uplifting post and so glad you all enjoyed the day with your beautiful girls.
Love to you.
Louise Edington
The Networking Naturopath

Trish Hughes Kreis said...


It's great to hear from you! Robert appears to have made a full recovery and is eating me out of house and home. :-) It was a great day and we are so lucky to have such great girls. I know you have your own wonderful girls! Take care.

Trish Hughes Kreis said...

Kathy, You would have loved the chocolate caps! Yummy! The dogs certainly enjoyed their day but they were so tired the next day - they passed out all day long. :-) You know Robert - give him a burger (and cake, and a hot dog and ice cream . . . ) and he's happy. So much fun!

Mary Ellen said...

Wow, what beautiful girls, so pretty! My daughter graduated from kindergarten last month(which she's still beaming about and is so looking forward to first grade)

I can't even imagine what life will be like when she graduates from college, something like 2028!

Trish Hughes Kreis said...

Oh, I loved kindergarten graduation too! Mary Ellen, they definitely grow up too fast. Enjoy every bit of it - and just remember that all the difficult phases will pass (hard to believe at the time but they will). :-)