"Seven on the 7th" is a phrase that Lisa coined as a leadup to Junie's Golden Birthday! This year her party was held on the big day itself at Cool Waters, a water park run by Milwaukee County. The day started with a full 7 hours of College for Kids at UWM, where Junie took a treat to each of her three classes. Then we picked up the kids, braved horrendous State Fair and Brewers traffic, and headed to the waterpark!
The party started with ninety minutes of good ole fashioned waterpark fun, as we sent the kids out to enjoy the water on a gorgeous summer day!
Smiley and LuLu mastered the obstacle area:
Lisa's stepsister's daughter joined in the fun!
Here's Junie and her bestie Temps!
Me and my girl!
YaYa trying on Grandma's shades:
Ignore the big guy in the picture: here's me after going down the tube slide with Junie! I went down the slide with three of my four (YaYa declined my offer, probably because I had turned her down earlier when fixing up the party area)
At 6:30 dinner was served
Only Junie was allowed to have pizza, and we put a candle in it and used it as to sing "Happy Birthday" :)
At one of his classes at UWM Smiley hand sewed a silver pillow and puppet for his sister! Man was she thrilled!
Then it was on to our gifts for her. No, her facial expressions are not for the camera. They were spontaneous.
This one was just from Daddy :)
Then the big gift. Paid for, as was the party, through the hard work of Mama Bear.
She had one more gift to open (her maternal grandmother's)
And then it was time to tidy up while the kids enjoyed one last hour in the pool!
Here's the treat the park provided (the stuff inside we put together) before heading home.
Once home, Junie used me as a punching bag:
And I took her with me on a late night (well, 9:30) run to the grocery store as a special treat. She commented on how she wasn't used to seeing stars in the sky, given her bedtime, which was cute.
Oh, btw: Lisa made a great dessert for the party, a blue pudding "sea" with a graham cracker crumb "beach" on which a Teddy Graham sat on a blanket made of a sour strip, all beneath the blessed shade of a cocktail umbrella and with a life preserver floating nearby.
Happy Birthday Baby. May you celebrate a hundred more!