Last Thursday was my sister Desirees 24th birthday and she asked me to plan her party. I told her we’d go to a nice restaurant and at the last minute I asked her to swing by and pick me up so I could borrow her jeans and she could borrow mine. When she arrived, my place was decorated to the max and our sisters, parents, nieces and nephews came pouring out of my bedroom and office to shouts of "Surprise!" and "Happy Birthday!".
The surprise party took about 4 days to pull together, and everyone helped out. Each of my sisters brought a dish of food so I didnt have to worry about that part and that left me free to decorate my place and bake the birthday cake. I was really proud of that cake – I made a chocolate fudge cake and covered it in fudge icing. I decorated it by making fondant from scratch the night before and rolling it out and laying it over the cake. I then made a chocolate braid out of chocolate molding paste (also done the night before) and wound it around the base. From the rest of the chocolate I made branches and decorated them with red "gummy" berries which I fastened with more chocolate fudge. With an icing marker I wrote happy birthday desiree and then made little notches for the candles. It was my first attempt at cake decorating and I LOVED it 🙂
The night was a huge success. Everyone had so much fun, lots to eat and the food was amazing. I got to see all my nieces and nephews (except for Taira) and I got the biggest, wettest kiss from Joans son Elliot. As everyone piled out of my trashed apartment I couldnt help but notice that all the childrens pockets were bulging and my candy jar was almost empty 🙂 It was a great time, and Greg – who had driven from London for the occasion – helped me clean up and an hour later we had everything back to normal.
For the weekend, I headed to London. Greg and I had his kids and Greg had gone out and bought them new games for their DS’s so they were pretty content to amuse themselves for the morning. I busied myself by preparing 2 huge tray lasagne’s and a large pan of cherry swirl coffee cake for our Sunday lunch that we were hosting and in the afternoon we met Gregs parents for pizza. Afterwards we toured pet stores with the kids, petting puppies and looking at pet clothes. I bought a cute little pink sweater for my cat Muffin that Faith and Skylagh picked out. That evening we all visited friends in Woodstock and happily fed, coffee’d and conversed we headed back to London where we all passed out.
On Sunday we went to sunday school and church, and afterwards our friends met us at Gregs house for our turn at hosting the monthly potluck. We were a little concerned about space – Greg has a large condo but we’ve never had 16 people in it for a sit down dinner – but it all worked out great. 2 families brought card tables and chairs so we had those tables for the kids, and then the adults all fit around the dining room table. The lasagnes were a success and almost everyone had seconds, and same for the dessert. Other people brought refreshments, garlic bread and cesar salad which rounded out the meal really well. Everyone left around 4pm and after cleaning up Greg and I challenged each other to a game of bowling on the WII. I wont tell you what happened… in all 4 games… you know, so I dont hurt anyones feelings, but I cant remember – Did I get 4 strikes in a row in the second game, or the fourth? 😛
As usual it was hard for me to leave but when I got home my little animals were happy to see me, and Muffin looked super cute wearing her new pink sweater 🙂 Oh and Joan… I dont want you to be dissapointed; Greg and I went for Latte’s Friday night. We visited the new Coffee Culture downtown London and each had the caramel swirl latte 😛