Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Shocked in San Franciso

This May one of my sibs is turning 50. It was time for another surprize party. The tradition started seven years ago when Ant Jean hit the century mark.  I got surprized the year after that and then there's been a few more. Now it was my sister Neci's turn. This time it would be a bowling alley. The shock took place last week in San Francisco where Neci's sons live. They plotted the whole thing. And it worked.

Golden Memories
Neci lives in Southern Illinois and flew out to San Fran during her Spring Break from teaching. She often visits her two successful (dot com) sons. This visit was to see the new house they were moving to. Ha Ha Ha! We all live in different cities across the USA. I think Neci was certain her surprize would have been midsummer in the Midwest.

When Neci arrived we were hid behind a petition (six sibs, their childrens and my grandgirl Kenz)  Ant Jean had made sure we all had flowers in our hair. It seemed like it took forever for Neci to get her bowling shoes! She and her boys finally made their way to the end lanes and BOO we all jumped out, camera's clicking!

shhhh! Here she comes!


 After she recovered we lined up for pictures. She had this to say. I love you all... but I will never trust any of you again!


Why didn't you tell me?
That's life in the big city.

Check back for more highlights of our awesome trip.



Grandma Shelley said...

How fun. What an awesome family!

Susan Adcox said...

What fun! My sister-in-law and her husband have a surprise 50th anniversary party coming up, but I'm fairly certain it won't be a surprise. It's hard to keep a secret in my family!

Jerri Miller said...

10 Ways to Cool Kids off When It’s Hot
Posted on June 19, 2011 by Jerri
It’s a warm summer morning and the grand girls are coming over in a few minutes to spend the day. The forecast is hot, hot, hot with a chance of thunder showers. (Which means hot and humid.) Since heat, in general, is hard on kids and it makes me cranky, I know that I have to get a plan to keep the girls and I cool.
Here are 10 activities for those hot summer days:
1. Anything with WATER. It cools them off but doesn’t make a mess.
2. Wear your swim suit all day long. Leave it on wet.
3. Clean the kitchen with “water.” I give them water bottles, a bucket of water, the mop, some rags and paper towels and we are good-to-go for about an hour and a half to two hours!
4. Of course the old standbys run through the sprinklers, soak in a blow-up kiddy pool or take a cool bath.
5. Make snow-cones* with a blender. I use strong, Red Zinger Celestial Seasonings Iced Tea to flavor them. It makes them red and sweet but not sticky.
6. Plan quiet activities that don’t use a lot of energy like reading. Read stories about Eskimos, polar bears and snow storms.
7. Make snow men and snow balls with marshmallows and toothpicks. (For 3 years and above)
8. Have a squirt gun and/or water balloon fight. (Be prepared for sore balloon tying fingers! UGH)
9. Give them each a little hand held battery operated fan. You can get them at Dollar Tree!
10. Make sure they have access to plenty of cool water and encourage them to drink.

*We bought Ashley a small electric snow-cone maker for her 7th birthday. It has been a great thing to have around the house during hot summer months. I recommend it as a great gift for grand kids! You can get them for about $30 at Bed Bath and Beyond.
With the 2 little ones getting the ice out of the freezer and Ashley operating the machine, it makes for great teamwork and keeps them busy and cool with minimal supervision!

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