Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Shannon's Mudfest

So I watched the weather everyday for over a week and prayed for no rain. Well the Thursday before the party it looked as though it was going to rain all weekend. Martin quickly called a friend a we got a huge tent that covered about half of the backyard. We put a tent on the deck and a tent connecting the deck to the large tent to try to keep everyone dry. It really was not just a rain. It was a monsoon the entire weekend. Needless to say it was a wild MUDFEST..wetkids...wet people, but the libations were flowing for the kiddies and the adults and we tried very hard not to let it ruin the party! There are not many great pics b/c it was just so wild and so wet I did not even take one!

Coop right as the party was beginning!

Very Very Excited!! Finally the time has come!

The Bobcat and excavator Martin brought from work. The kids loved it!! We tried to put a tent over it too!

The setup!! To some what keep us dry! Yes we set all this up in the rain!
The next problem we had was WORMS..yes worms..not just worms, monstrous gigantic worms. I have never seen any this big. They started popping up under the big tent first. I think they were drowned out of the ground b/c it literally rained for about three days straight. Of course the boys loved them..

Amelia not so much!!!

This was supposed to be the sand pile that I buried over 150 bouncy balls in, but it turned into the mud pit!

The kids loved digging in it anyway.

This was when the wet muddy boys decided to come in and take over the house. Mud, toys, clothes, shoes, water everywhere!!

Trying to get the boys to calm down so the adults could have a little fun! This is Coop, Gracen, Grant and John.

The next morning John and Coop were enjoying some quite time..finally!

Now everyday Coop asks me what we are doing next year! I think we may skip it next year!! This was enough to make it through two bdays right??
Happy 4th Birthday Coop!!

San Fran and Napa
These are the pictures from our trip! There are about 200 so you can flip through and check some of them out. Sorry I have been MIA..we have had a wild two weeks. We had Cooper's 4th bday. I am calling the Shannon Mudfest! We left last Thursday with another couple and headed to San Francisco. We landed and I had one thing on my mind..H& favorite place! I spent two hours there and walked out with bags and bags of clothes!! We went on a boat ride under the Golden Gate bridge, it was beautiful and very breezy. We ate good food and most importantly we drank wine from sun up to sun down! We went to Napa on Friday afternoon and prepared for a weekend full of wine tasting. We were picked up at 10 on Saturday morning and it all began! We visited many beautiful wineries and drank wonderful wine! My favorite this time was Patz and Hall. It was incredible wine. The chardonnay was $60 a bottle. I just could not bring my self to pay it. I do believe in nice expensive red wine pared with an incredible meal, but for me Chard is just for drinking! I knew if I would have bought one I would end up drinking it sitting on my back deck one day with friends! I did bring home my other favorite Robert Young, it is not that much cheaper at $40 a bottle, but it is worth it. I can not buy it anywhere here in Memphis. So as you can see by this post, we mostly drank wine! It was a great way to spend the big 30!