Sunday, August 19, 2012

Party Hearty!!

Yesterday we celebrated the A-team’s birthdays. It wasn’t really any of their birthdays’ but a great date in between the two real birthday dates. Austin’s was August 2 and Andrew and Aaron’s is September 5.
We had a great time at Paco Bill’s pool. The weather cooperated greatly: sunny, warm enough to swim but not too warm for comfort.
Jeff Killin, a friend of our son, Kenny, was the DJ for the day. He kept the day moving along and sure made it fun for the kids.
Did you know that the chicken dance could be done in water?

Jeff was able to get some great dance moves from the kids during the day.

He mixed up the music to please the entire crowd, made up of various ages from less than 2 weeks to over 60. Amazingly, no matter what song we requested, he had it. Good job Jeff!
The diving board was used a lot 
As was the sliding board

Special guests arrived and enjoyed the day

This guy really knows how to enjoy the pool in style.

There was one hazard to the day though….
If you stand too close to the water doing the chicken dance,
You could end up like this!

But as usual, Barb was a good sport about the whole thing and spent a couple hours in the pool.
She helped direct the line dance

Practiced her diving skills, and the boys even got her to try the slide. (I won't post those pictures though-you owe me Barb!)
All of this while still wearing clothes. I wish I could be as easy going and able to enjoy each moment as Barb. Everyone that meets Barb loves her. It is impossible not to. She embraces each moment and soars with it.
There were some sad faces when the cake was unveiled.

The party was for three boys but only two names made it on the cake. Austin’s name was omitted. Each boy had chosen a picture to be on the cake. Only two of those showed up and they were not on the cake with the name of the boy who requested it. Austin’s picture was on there under Aaron’s name. Aaron’s chosen picture was on the cake but was under Andrew’s name. Andrew’s picture never made it on the cake producing a long sad face from him.

Their faces brightened though once they blew out the candles, had some cake and ice cream and opened their gifts. Then it was back to the pool for the kids.

After the A-Team’s party, we returned to the campground to enjoy a fresh fish dinner with Donna and Joe, our neighbors. They had accumulated approximately 50 pounds (no exaggeration) of mostly walleye, some catfish and a pouch of perch from Joe’s fishing excursions. Yesterday was the day to use it up and clean out the freezers.  
There was so much fish that Joe kept leaving to drive through the campground inviting more people to come and eat fish. When the night was over and everyone’s belly was full, there was still an electric frying pan full of fish. Wish I could have eaten more because it was excellent.
Donna had gotten the batter recipe from a local bar owner who makes it a couple times a year after getting fish from local fishermen who donate it to him. It was a beer batter coating and was so delicious.
Poor Donna fried fish from 4:30 until after 8 but to be sure it was appreciated by a large portion of the Leisure Lake campers.

Earlier in the day it was reported that a black bear was spotted in Newton Falls which is only a few miles from Leisure Lake. We were hoping that the smell of the fish fry did not attract the bear here.
So far-so good.

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