Red, White &…GREEN!

Hello All!  Well this last week has been a doozy!  Filling you all in on our 4th of July celebration went to the wayside and I’m so sorry as it was a fab party!  As you all know this is the one celebration come hell or high water we make happen!  It’s the celebration of so many things!  For many it’s the obvious appreciation for those fallen soldiers, those past soldiers and those current soldiers who are and have fought for our freedom.  As Joe, his grandfather and both my grandfather’s served we honor the day for them and those friends we know who have and are serving.  It is also the day we celebrate Joe’s grandfather’s birthday!  Lastly, it’s a time that we get to get together with friends and family to celebrate life and how lucky we are to have those we do in it!  So this year we decided to run with Joe’s heritage and do a Mexican Fiesta theme!

Most important was entertainment and food…at least for me!  So good Mexican food was the start and typically we try to hire a chef to come cook at the event.  This was tough which I hadn’t expected.  So I spoke with a few friends and they highly recommended a grocery store/restaurant a few towns over.  So we had steak and chicken burritos, Spanish rice, black beans, enchiladas, and tamales!  For dessert we had strawberry filled tamales, churros, cupcakes, fresh fruit!  For drinks we had a variety of Mexican beer and of course a margarita machine!  For the kids we had fun flavored drinks and blue raspberry slushies -a must for all parties that contain kids!  My kids are rarely affected by sugar so it was a double thumbs up for us…I’m sure other parents were not thinking the same.  But it’s a party so we all have to have fun!  For the kids we had horseback rides and a small petting zoo which included an alpaca, two sheep, and two goats.  We also had bounce house with a slide and for the adults we had a band.  I would have loved to hire a mariachi band but the cost just wasn’t in the budget this year.  Honestly, the band we had was amazing and was a perfect fit.  They played music of Santana, La Bamba, as well as a Mexican Polka that was perfect for the Piñata breaking!  They also had my nephew who is taking guitar do a couple songs with them.  Overall, the food and the entertainment all worked perfect!  Sometimes plans do go as you initially envision but in the end the results are better than you could have imagined!

Next up we headed to Hayward while Joe went to a desolate island with his brothers for a week in Canada!  With us arriving in Hayward on the actual 4th we got to enjoy a fireworks show that was honestly one of the best I’ve seen in years!  I didn’t capture a ton with the camera but what I did are here for you to enjoy!  It was a great night!

I look forward to sharing the rest of our Hayward trip with you later this week!  As I was there I got to work on some refinishing and refreshing projects for my in-laws and I can’t wait to share those and the other fun stuff we got in to while up there!  Until then Cheers🍻

 

 

Lisenby Week In Review

Hello Everyone!

Well we made it!  The 4th of July party was a great success!  We completed all our home projects in time and I was a complete wreck day of!  I only left grocery shopping to the day of which in years past is done days before but then we are crazy trying to get the house and yard ready even with three to five extra sets of hands I get myself all stressed.  This year I wasn’t going to let that happen!  Here are some pictures of the day!  Kids enjoyed pony rides, jumpy house, face painting, a donut eating contest, s’mores, and fireworks!  While all guests indulged in rotisserie chicken, flank steak and lamb gyros!  As well as a dessert spread that included a cotton candy machine, rock candy, cake ball push pops with red and blue white chocolate, red velvet cupcakes with red,white and blue cream cheese frosting, and of course fireball jello-o shots for the adults!  We can’t wait for next years party but until then I’m working on details of Joe’s thirty-fifth birthday in August which will be a beer tasting!

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I did want to include the excitement leading up to the party as we had the two thousand pound bridge that had to be set over the waterfall before the party.  Cousin Slade helped during the moving of the bridge as I was in with my mom and sister-in-law baking!he kids enjoyed a ride in a crane before the driver left!  I’m pretty sure S and K think these types of machines are completely normal to have at your home regularly!

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I mentioned we were up visiting my in-laws a few days before the fourth.  On our last day we were able to visit a wildlife park and the big fish both I remember visiting as a kid and having so much fun.  S and K enjoyed it so much. S being my girl of nature was in love with having the opportunity to talk and hang out with adult and baby deers.  K is all boy so the fish were right up his alley.  They even got to throw the line in a few times with grandma!  What memories both these locations provided!

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Well I’m exhausted just sharing the past weeks activity with you!  We sure will miss our guest/s Connie, Mike and Slade:( Thanksgiving visit will hopefully be here before we know it!  Connie thanks for everything this past month and creating some memories with us!

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I’m looking forward to getting back to some rehab projects that were pushed aside over the past few weeks as well as some fun crafts with the kids!  Have a wonderful weekend!