I'm afraid I don't have any pictures of this but it was so much fun!
Well, to start, we didn't plan this (thus the surprise part), but once we got started on it, it was a blast!! Th weather was so beautiful yesterday, I suggested to Josh that we have a BBQ and invite Sarah and Eddie and the kids. When I called Sarah she called Eddie (he had to work on a Satuday, yuck), and he thought it might be fun to invite two other friends of theirs, a young newlywed couple. Then Josh wanted to invite a couple of his friends from school, and, of course, we invited Alan.
Sarah and I started cooking like mad to get things ready. We had venison and beef steaks, hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, Snicker salad, soda, baked beans, chips and dip, and, for dessert, a giant chocolate chip cookie smothered in frosting. Sarah and I also made jell-os, but they refused to set up in time.
Josh fired up the grill and Dallas and I helped him set up the pool, but the little guy didn't like the water much, apparently it was too cold (nothing like his bathwater). Josilyn and Dallas played in the pool (Dallas from the edge), and poor Josilyn got so cold we put her in the hot tub to warm her back up. We all had so much fun, laughing and talking late into the night, even though the bugs swarmed, and the eveing got cooler. It was hard to gather things up, and let people go home.
By using paper plates, plastic-ware, and large garbage cans, clean-up was quick and easy, and we didn't have to have this big push to get things cleaned up and we went from clean-up back to visiting with hardly a beat.
As we all said good-bye, we agreed that we should get together more often, and Eddie said we needed a big campfire next time. I can't wait to do it again.