We had an early Birthday Party today for Harry who is turning 19 on the 1st. He'll be in San Diego that day.
The weather has been so beautiful lately that we decided to have a summer time BBQ. We have them often in the summer and Harry will miss them and we will miss him this summer. And it was a great party.
Roko played in the water. Sandy accidentally knocked him in, but he was OK and climbed right out and kept playing.
Dave got a chance to ride his Harley that he's been rebuilding. It started out a very "un" Harley purple. Dave took it apart, repainted it, got new tires and a retro seat, and had the logo painted on it. And he even got it all put back together correctly.
It is very cool.
The kid's table.
When the grown up dinner was ready everyone was so starved they rushed to the table.
But getting these 3 men in my life to come to the table is really torturous. Mark was already eating.
We were too busy eating and sharing favorite stories about Harry to take pictures at the grown up's table.
We laughed about the time Sandi locked him and the keys in the car while it was still running.
Dave had a garage band when Harry was little. He was their groupy and so they named the band Harrald for him.
Harry always wanted to be part of Kelly's backyard slumber parties. So after all the girls were in the tent and it would be just a little dark, he would sneak out to the tent and the girls would be scared by the noise he made. And he would say, "It's just me, Haaarry". When he was little we called him Haaarry.
Nancee told us he was the first person to make her feel really welcome in our family when at dinner he sat by her and leaned against her, put his hand up her sleeve and leaned his head on her arm. She also liked the way he would give her birthday presents that were things he liked such as a Rescue Hero or a Hotwheel, secretly hoping she would give it back.
So that leaves mine and Rich's memories. I remember bringing him home from the hospital after he was born and tucking him in bed between me and rich and looking at his sweet face.
Rich remembers showing him how to play on the computer "How Many How Many How Many Bugs in the Box. He was two.
Oh Yeah, Harry's favorite memory? Dave locking him in his room with the light turned off.
From then until he was about 12 he slept with a light on.
Then it was time for presents. Kelly and Roko were in charge.
They presented and unwrapped.
A beautiful spinner CTR ring and an oil vial (it's a church thing).
Non "skinny" jeans.
A camera to take on his mission. Complete with funky bendy tri pod, and case.
And what could be cooler than a new white shirt and two new cool ties and 10 pairs of black socks with a different color stripe at the top so he could pair them easily.
We sang and Roko and Kelly helped him blow out the candles.
All of our parties are a little crazy and chaotic, but they
are also fun and entertaing and we are
all together tickling littles kids, kissing babies,
and trying to get the "tweens" to participate.
It's loud. And we love every moment!