Monday, March 14, 2011

Whirlwind Party Weekend

We are pretty wiped out after a great weekend! We spent the night in a hotel in State College PA on Friday night. The kids swam with their cousins and stayed up until 11:30 eating pizza and giggling. We crashed hard for the night and enjoyed the hotel breakfast in the morning with the O' grandparents. We got to Dr.O's brother's (another near-Dr.O') PSU apartment around 11 and began a group effort of preparing lunch and wrangling the 6 kids. The community center at PSU's grad housing has no real kitchen, so we prepped each dish and took it over to the community center, where Pop-pop was watching the kids. We had a ridiculous amount of food and barely made a dent in it, but if everyone we have for Christmas been there, we wouldn't have had enough!

We celebrated 5 birthdays in one shot and enjoyed a cake that was made to taste like a Tasty-Kake Candy Kake (it's an East Coast thing, like Carvel-- two things I'd never heard of until I spent time in the Mid-Atlantic area). My MIL replaced the peanut butter filling with a butterscotch filling because one nephew has serious allergies, and the cake was amazing! Like a heart-shaped pound cake with creamy butterscotch caramel and coated in solid chocolate. Yum! We enjoyed chatting and playing with the kids, and BIL set off some rockets with the kids, an activity that my FIL used to do with his kids.

At 5 we had the community center cleaned up, and it was time to head home since we and my in-laws all had church responsibilities for the next day. With a stop or 2, it takes us a little under 4 hours to get home. The Jedis were thrilled to have a great box of Indiana Jones Legos to open thanks to my cousin Kim! We got them ready for bed and sent them upstairs for the night. Despite her long sleep in the car, M-girl demanded to be put to bed immediately, too. She had a lot of sleep to catch up on because she doesn't want to miss a minute of playtime with her cousins when we're with them.

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