Please forgive the photos - some were taken with the phone and the action shots were really hard to get!
December has brought with it a wonderful milestone for our family - Master Hand Grenade has turned 18! Although not a big "party" family (we prefer quiet, homey celebrations), we decided that an 18th birthday warranted a party that was nothing short of spectacular and so we pulled out all the stops.
For a number of years, our older children have gotten together with a large group of other Christian young folks from the area (an area of about 100 square miles) to fellowship, play and dance. During the summer months, the group gets together once a week in a park about 45 miles south of us to play Frisbee and volleyball and have a bible study. They play hard, bring snacks and retire to a covered picnic area to study the bible and sing worship songs. They are a wonderful group of people, comprised of kids as young as 12 and young married couples in their mid to late 20's.
|Master Hand Grenade stringing the garland|
|Some well-placed ribbon and a little plaid seat|
|The community center is dressing up|
In honor of Master Hand Grenade's 18th birthday, Sir Knight and I decided to host a dance in our local community center. What fun we had! We set the date for a Friday night (the 13th, no less!) and sent out invitations (via one of the other kids' Facebook account) and set about with our preparations.
The morning of the party, the children and I headed into town to decorate the community center for the dance. We didn't do anything too fancy, just wholesome and sweet. We draped lots of burlap garland about, along with plenty of plaid ribbon, plaid throws and bows of fragrant evergreen. We covered tables in festive table-cloths and placed electric candles here and there. We had borrowed a sound system (complete with microphone for the dance caller) that hooked directly into our callers sound system (run on a MacBook) and were ready to go.
|Father and daughter Do' Si' Do-ing|
|Bow to your partner.....|
We opened the community center at 6 in the evening and the first few people were already waiting outside. They helped haul in the pizza's and other goodies and get the last minute details taken care of. By a quarter after six, the crowds began to arrive. Our caller walked through the door at 6:30 and was calling the Grand March within minutes.
|Dear Julianne of Providence Lodge and her Handsome Husband (She's going to kill me for this photo!)|
|Brother escorting sister - Master Hand Grenade with Miss Serenity|
|And the younger set - Princess Dragon Snack with her best friend|
|Master Hand Grenade with his partner (Our Caller is the young man in the red)|
|Nothing but smiles|
|Taking a well-deserved rest and watching the action|
|Could there be a better 18th birthday party?|
During one of the intermissions, the caller put on "swing" music so that a brother/sister duo could show us what swing dancing was all about. Soon, a husband and wife joined in and in no time, the dance floor was once again full, with couples trying out their new moves.
We had a wonderful time, dancing with our children, our friends and all of the other neat people that we had an opportunity to meet. I have to say, we sure know how to celebrate in the Redoubt - we are truly blessed!
Happy Birthday Master Hand Grenade! What an honor to have been chosen to be your parents.