We survived the housewarming. Me, Trent, Sammy, and 3675.
I say “survive” because we did in fact have about 70 people in the house, all the parents here from out of town, five dogs, a fire going in the firepit, multiple houseguests, AND all the neighbors came over for the first time. Nothing burned down, blew up, no one got into a brawl, everyone had enough to eat and drink, and only one person passed out in an unseemly place —
Okay, it wasn’t unseemly. I made it to my bed, but I didn’t manage to take my shoes off, get undressed, or get under the covers. We actually had a couple extra-late arrivals after my kerplunk and they got a nice kick out of it. All I have to say is — they should know by now.
Here are some other things we had/still have:
- A WHOLE LOT of REALLY AWESOME friends, who stocked our liquor cabinet for years and brought us a jungle’s worth of beautiful houseplants that, for sheer quantity alone, will outlive all my watering and placement mistakes.
- Amazing mothers — one who woke up at 5:00 AM every day for three days before AND after the party to make sure we had everything we needed AND cleaned up everything we didn’t need, and one who bought the coffee and doughnuts to make sure the other one actually had the steam to do that and didn’t turn into a raving coffee-deprived beyotch, driving me to plunge to a horribly maimed state off my new deck.
- An amazing CHAR. If you don’t know what a Char is, you’re missing out. Because the Amazing Cleaning Munga works WAAAYYY better with an Amazing Char.
- The PERFECT CHAIRS for the dining ensemble I’m building, thanks to CA Mom!!! This is an ongoing project and will be for a while yet (no pics until it’s done), but in addition to the all-important coffee, CA Mom also happened to show up with five estate sale finds that couldn’t have been more perfect for what I’ve been dreaming up.
Now, here are some things we DIDN’T have:
- A photographer
Oh well — we were having fun, spending time with y’all, and getting to know our new neighbors (who all grow really amazing produce, by the way). No time to take party pics, I guess.
However, here are all the random pics I DID snap on my new iPhone 5 (“Cinco” — though he’s not as cool as that name makes him sound) of the housewarming week mayhem and Munga and Char’s visit.
Next party will be smaller, better documented, but just as awesome. See you there.