My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back to Blog Land

Hi Everyone,

Well, I'm finally back in blog land.  Last Saturday I held a suprise 25th anniversary party for my sister in law.  It was an idea hatched by my nieces, but they are 18 and 21, so obviously they couldn't do it on their own.  I wish I could tell you how much planning went into this, how much time and effort it took to make invites and favors, borrow tables, chairs, coolers, set up and decorate, shop, prepare food, clean up, return said borrowed items....And on and on and on....I'm tired just typing this, but all well worth it.  We had so much food that the extended family came back the next day to eat again.  I also told everyone to bring take out containers with them for leftovers.  Guess what?  There is STILL food left over.  It's the neverending party...lol!  What I'm trying to say, is that I had to put myself in exhile from the Internet or I wouldn't have been able to pull it off. 

Anyway, my brother-in-law is the picture taker of the family, so needless to say I was a very poor substitute.  My photos could not be more lame.  Seriously, this looks like a total borefest from these photos, but I can only work with what I have, right?  So here goes....

Here are Sally and Tony after they settled in and got over the shock.  

Here they are coming in the door.  The best is they had NO IDEA! It was great when Tony called that afternoon to say that he had bought a Led Zepplin box set and could we listen to it around the bonfire when they came over.

This is one of those great photos of mine that I just mentioned...

And some random shots of family and friends who you don't know...

Aunt Effie and Aunt Sue.  (But here real name is Betty...I just found this out a couple of years ago too.  Funny.)

Us with the girls.  Why we are not together in the photo I have no idea.

Love that Julianne had to switch sides in the next photo, because it shows off the shoulder bow better that way ;) 
Julianne also brought over an extra bag of clothes for her parents to change into because, "Who knows what they could be wearing when they come over!"  It didn't matter and they never did change :)

Elaine and Jim. 

The Freddrix's!  You can sort of see the tulle and flowers I used to decorate the gazebo in these next few photos.

They were her bridesmaids :)

Cousin Jeff.  Closed down the party with us :)

Enjoying the wedding album.

Mike and Pam.

Tony's mom Lorena is the first one to look for coffee :)

My mother-in-law Marge and Tony's nieces playing games in the backgound.

The cake from Cakes by Nadine....Delish and pretty too!

Cutting the cake.

Smashing the cake.

Wearing the cake.

Are you still awake?  That's it.  I promise. 

I will be back with photos of the favors tomorrow, and the Sparkle and Sprinkle blog hop is on Thursday.  Woo hoo, finally some crafty posts!  If you can't wait until then, it's my day to post over at the DRS Designs blog, so you can check out my card over there.

Oh, and I tried to make the rounds to your blogs last night, but Blogger, or my laptop or gremlins, would only let my comment here and there.  It was so weird.  I will try again later today, but for now I'm off to cut my grass, get an oil change and wash my filthy car :)

I heart you all!


Donna said...

What a fabulous job - look at all the work you put into the party! I missed you on line sooooo much, but it was worth it when I see all that you and the girls accomplished Thanks for sharing your life!

Emily Leiphart said...

Aw, what are you talking about 'borefest'? Your photos are wonderful, Karin! I really love your deck and I can't wait to use mine in the house. ;) Thanks for sharing!

Angelica said...

HI!! Karin

Beautiful party!! Thanks for sharing your photos.

Doreen said...

What gorgeous photos Karin,looks like you certainly all had a good time.xxx

Gina said...

Looks like a lovely event and I am sure all your hard work was very much appreciated. I love seeing pictures of smiling families, even if I don;t know anyone! Love the picture of the girls and the comment on why the one changed sides.

1CardCreator said...

Wow Karin, looks like the Anniversary party could have been better that the wedding, lol! You did a lot of work it shows, I'm sure they all appreciated it! I love your new hair do too, you look so cute!

TannyP said...

See - you pulled it off so well it looks like everyone had a great time! I'm so glad you were able to capture their surprise and share the photos =) When I want to hose a surprise party, I know where my first email's going...

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