Crazy-busy day for us, today, as we got up early so that we could make the final touches on Stacy's birthday party. There was cleaning to do and still preparations to be completed. The amazing thing was that we managed to get it all done, and before the first guests arrived. With Jason's new place here, parking is not an issue. The land, down by the road, is perfect as a parking area, and it is easy to get to. I had made up a sign and put it on a sawhorse, so when folks arrived they'd know where to go. We ended up with about seven vehicles parked in that area and no one was blocked in, in any way.
The girls were very excited as some of Stacy's friends from her new school and some from the previous school, were able to make it. Unfortunately not everyone was able to come though, and that did leave Stacy a little disappointed. It seemed to me like there were close to 20 or 30 kids here, but I know it was closer to 12. Jason had ordered a Jumpy House for the kids to play in and they all took advantage of the opportunity. I just wish there had been Jumpy Houses when I was growing up, they look like they're lots of fun.
Joselynn came with other members of her family, and she was a big help in getting things done. She works really well with Linda, and we were very happy she made it. She also brought us some pinto beans, that needed to finish cooking, so we can have them for our "Taco Tuesdays." After everyone left, Linda and I packaged up the beans into smaller amounts, to be used with meals later.
Another friend of Linda's came, Loretta, and she stayed after most of the rest of the people left, and helped Linda with working in the garage. They were focused on emptying boxes and getting things put away. The two of them managed to get through about 10 large boxes, and it was noticeable, the amount of progress they made. I was kept busy running around going back and forth, putting things away and doing a little more clean up on the out side of the house, while they both worked in the garage.
About the only down thing, with Stacy's party was that Jason was not comfortable getting out of the bed, to see her open gifts. Stacy went to open a couple of them in Jason's room, and thus he was included. Jason wasn't feeling well because of nerve pain that was suddenly giving him some extra challenges. Fortunately it wasn't something that was a constant problem, but it did happen enough that Jason did not want to get out of bed, and felt that staying down was the best thing for him to do, and to help with the healing.
After the party and after Loretta and Linda finished working on the garage, we went to an event to help support breast cancer awareness. We had originally planned on being there much earlier but due to other things Linda and I didn't get there until about half way through the event. We were both tired, so we didn't stay too long, though we did get a chance to speak with Tim and Kristie Kirk, and it was good to just sit down and talk with them. We headed back to the house after only being there about an hour, and that was long enough to visit and relax a little. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.