Recipe for a Forever Family: Take One Mom (formerly from the Midwest), Add One Cutie Pie (formerly from China), then slowly Stir in Two Big Drooly Dogs.

"The Big Kahuna's Party Pontoon"

Two years ago, for the annual pontoon decoration contest & parade, at Grandma & Grandpa's place, we took 1st Place.  Our them was "Pirates"and we went all out.  Grandpa supplied the pontoon, Uncle Tony decorated it complete with sails, air cannons in the back, and a captain's wheel on a platform for the kids to "steer" the boat, and I was in charge of costumes for all the kids and Grandpa.  Oh yes, and Uncle Eddie supplied....hmmm....hmmm...I'll have to go with morale support here.   Although, he was very helpful on the pontoon, especially when the "sails" really worked and both, Tony & Eddie, had to quickly shred them to prevent us from blowing away.  The kids and Grandpa had a blast!

Last year, Dad & some of the kids were judges, so we did not enter the competition...but this year we did....and we won again!  The theme was "The Big Kahuna's Party Pontoon" mainly due to the fact that I found a huge clearance sale and bought most of the decor for next to nothing.  This year was nearly the same as the last time.  Uncle Tony supplied the Volcano (it really worked!) and a couple of home-made surfboards to decorate the pontoon, Grandpa supplied the Pontoon and the Hawaiian music, I supplied the costumes for the kids and helped decorate the pontoon....and Uncle Eddie was big on the morale support again. :)  Now, I have to say the kids and Grandpa looked super cute...super, super cute, but the competition was fierce, one pontoon had a live polka band and another was the "League of Justice" with a bunch of super heros (another super cute one).  If I had to say what was the tipping point for securing us this win, I would have to admit it was Uncle Tony's volcano and enough smoke bombs to keep it "erupting" for the entire competition. It looked great and the kids all loved it.

For the record, everyone always calls this "Laura's Thing".  My brothers both do a little smirking when I start sending out the emails and organizing it.   Now, I organize and follow up with everyone, but when Grandpa and Uncle Tony are already arguing with me on next year's theme, I think it has turned into a "Family Thing".  :)


She's getting married...

That's Maeve I'm talking about.  Sorry if I got your hopes up Mom. :)  As for the backstory, it started innocently enough.  Maeve is "Princess Crazy" and loves anything princess, especially Rapunzel in "Tangled".  She has the movie memorized backwards and forwards.  I found "Tangled Ever After" on Itunes and downloaded it.  It is a cute short film that shows the wedding.  This combined with the fact that I had bought a confirmation gown (huge clearance sale...couldn't resist) and had it sitting in a closet, complete with veil and gloves was too much for her to resist.  She has married just about every stuffed animal she has, and officiated several weddings as well.  Seems if a toy/stuffed animal wears the veil they are getting married.  Not sure of the legal ramifications of all of these weddings, although I have to say that "Big Bear" is getting around.  He might have his own TLC reality show soon with all of his wives.

Maeve's interest is starting to wan a bit and she is moving on to other things.  BUT....I think I am going to have to start a wedding savings fund for her, as she is pretty exact on what she wants for her wedding dress already and she is only 6 years old.  Big and pouffy, so it really twirls and the veil has to be super long.


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