September 30, 2016

Celebrating Sasquatch

Our family loves to celebrate - often. We make a big deal over holidays, Church Feast days, anniversaries, Sundays, and sometimes a random day of the week (just because.) There are movie nights, complete with blankets, pillows, popcorn, and the whole family squished together on the couches. I love to pull out a colorful tablecloth and the "special" dishes to make an otherwise ordinary meal meaningful. It's not unusual to see white Christmas lights strung across the room regardless the time of year. Memories are made. Traditions formed. Seasons marked. It's what we do.

Birthdays are particularly festive around here. Parties usually involve a theme, homemade decorations, background music (or sound effects) and occasionally costumes. Everyone pitches in to prepare the surprise, and The Reveal (when we finally allow the birthday person into the room to see what we have done), is a delight to us all.

My sister and baby nephew were here for a visit in September, just in time to celebrate my 44th birthday. They joined my kiddos in preparing a party I would remember for years to come.

They threw me a Sasquatch Party. Awesomeness...

It was actually a Bigfoot-themed cafe called the Sassy Squatch  (referencing a fun episode of Psych) ...with an open mic night, thank you very much. 

They know me so well. You see, I have cultivated an appreciation for the ridiculous and I love those "Searching for Bigfoot" shows.  I don't care if he's real or not. (I'm totally lying.)  If it's on TV, I'm so there. Weird, right?

Ready for a Bigfoot hunt?

They had me laughing from the get-go.

Joey the baby Yeti

Alex and David, maybe?

Who needs cake when we have ice cream sundaes?

My sister, Bethany and her youngest, Blaise

After dinner I changed into jammies, and we gathered on the couches to enjoy the show. First Mary played harmonica, then Joey played the balloon. Okay, mostly he spat and giggled, but it was entertaining.

Then the gang put on a skit about a French tourist searching the Himalayas for theYeti.
Annie as the French Tourist
Mary as the Hick Guitar Player
Brendan as Bigfoot Head
Alex as Bigfoot's Right Arm
David as Bigfoot's Left Arm

Bethany sang a song she wrote just for the occasion. Best. Birthday. Song. Ever.

We played a game called "Real or Not Real" and Bigfoot tried to steal my presents. 

Bigfoot pose or Thriller dance? You decide.

The obligatory "feet" picture.

All in all, this birthday ranks up there as one of my very favorites. Thank you, my wonderful, crazy family!

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