Monday, July 7, 2008

Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

Our 4th of July potluck was great fun. ALL my siblings and their kids came up, so we had a houseful. Lots of friends came by with all kinds of marvelous food that I didn't photograph because I was too busy stuffing my face: brats, asian noodle salad, tomato salad caprese with fresh basil, homemade creamed corn, chocolate sheet cake, fresh melon, lime beer, iced tea, jalapeno jelly on cream cheese, nacho dip, roasted sweet potatoes, etc. The above photo is twin #1 on the playhouse roof watching the fireworks.
Some of the gang inspiring anyone to perform stupid human tricks. My brother, far left, started things off with his hammer toe. Sister Shirley chipped in with her webbed toes - want to see the photo??
Sister Ruth, doing one of many stupid human tricks.
Friend Tim, the hands-down winner!
Nothing beats a good campfire.
More of the same.
Friend Bill doing the hardest human trick of all: texting when you're over 44.

What I DIDN'T get photos of:
The vintage baseball game in Northfield
The perfect view of local fireworks from my backyard!
All that luscious food.
All the teenagers finding a place to "hang" that wasn't with parents
My 6-year-old nephew falling asleep on the couch
All of us enjoying bacon and coffee the next morning, with the party mess still around our feet.
Good friend MG leaving the party with a nasty case of food poisoning from a breakfast at a Twin Cities diner - he was so green and sweating profusely - poor guy looked miserable.

As friend Shannon says, 3 day weekends should be the law - every single week!!! Just think of all the gas we'd save and all the increased mental health we might enjoy. I know I'd like more time with friends and family. I'd be willing to bet our economy wouldn't see any adverse affect.

13 comments:

janban said...

What a ball!! I for one would like to see your sister's webbed toes and compare them to mine. You have a cool family and great friends!!

Missy said...

Bill is amazing!

FranIAm said...

Wow- that looks like a great time! So glad you had fun and that you shared it here with us!!!

Cheesecake Maven said...

If you check out my blog, Cheesecake Maven, you might be able to find the infamous webbed toes that Happy mentioned here. Good Luck! Happy, thanks for a great time and MG, so sorry you got sick! Does your car still smell of creamed corn and bleu cheese?

kirby said...

My brother used to work in the shoe department of Nordstrom. He could tell you a thing or two about hammer toes. Ewwww.

Christopher Tassava said...

Oh, man. That sounds like a bash and a half. I hope we get invited next year...

Christopher Tassava said...

Oh, man. That sounds like a bash and a half. I hope we get invited next year...

Sheleta said...

You guys looked like you had fun. I see everybody in your family is funny! Girl I know you guys were laughing so hard your side was probably hurting! I'm glad you shared this, now I know I ain't the only one with a crazy a$$ family!

Eddie Bruce said...

I'm still gleaming from my time with Ruth and her twisted sisters -- big thanks to Maven for the MS adder, and by the way, I am a Daffodil.
I have a sunny disposition and am normally one of the first to show up for the party. I don't need too much attention from the host & hostess once I get there as I am more than capable of caring for my large extended family member and mingle at the same time. I can't wait to tailgate. edimler

Mnmom said...

EddieBruce - you and your large extended . . . . family are welcome all our place any ole time!!!!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Next time invite me gosh dang it.

michaelg said...

I can do Ruthie's trick too! If I had been able to stick around I might have added an arm fart, just to put me out in front of Ruthie. Not that I'm comepetitive.
I was a little green and sweaty, wasn't I. Hurling in front of your neighbor's house, though messy and undignified, made me feel a lot better. We called the restaurant the next morning. They weren't as contrite as one would like. Can you say Health Department?

Bubs said...

That looks like a blast. I have to tell you, though, it still freaks me out to see someone turn his eyelids inside out like that. Few things give me the willies but that's one of them.