Went to the 1st birthday party of the sweetest, prettiest little girl this side of my Ciera I've ever seen.
Caroline Ruth, my younger and much less handsome brother Matt's little girl, turned 1 year old yesterday, and we all headed down to Eastern NC today to help her celebrate her big day.
Normally, loading up my band of hooligans and getting in the car for a road trip is the LAST thing I want to do, especially with Daisuke vs Randy Johnson on the schedule. Clark Griswold, driving across country with his brood in the family truckster, I'm not. However, I would like to point out Clark didn't have a Rakes. Or a Trot. So, I've at least got that excuse.
As Caroline's favorite Uncle, however, I was more than happy to go to the party: and what a party it was. Let's just say that Matt's wife, Amanda, has set the bar so high for throwing a birthday party that I don't even think real live Circus animals and an appearance by Krusty the Clown himself would top it.
Highlight of the day for the kids? The release of 3,000 live lady bugs that the little one's got to capture and put in their own plastic tub. Of course, I drove all the way home with this one thought rattling around in my head: How long before Rakes opens that lid and I've got 25 lady bugs flying around my car while Ciera and Angie scream like they were killer bees?
Added bonus point for entertainment: the 2 box fans that Trot was determined to put his fingers in every chance he got, Rusty the Wonderdog spazzing out, and Rakes and Matt's nephew Scott fighting over a stuffed caterpillar during what I'm sure Amanda envisioned as a sweet first birthday moment. Leave it to my little hellion to turn it into Ultimate Fighting: sorry Amanda.
With Apologies to Neil Diamond for my horrible singing:
" Where it began, I can't begin to know when
But then I know it's growing strong
Oh, wasn't the spring, whooo
And spring became the summer
Who'd believe you'd come along
Hands, touching hands, reaching out
Touching me, touching you
Oh, sweet Caroline
Good times never seem so good"
Happy First Birthday Caroline Ruth
5 hours ago