Saturday, May 23, 2009
It's not a party if the cops dont come...
Abby turned 14 years old in February. A tough time to have a birthday party outside without having one of your extremities get frost bite and fall off. So we said we would have a party in May when the weather was warmer. Well it is May. I had ordered invitations in April. I order from a company called Vista Print and the minimum you can order is 100. So I ordered 100. So when Abby got to the invitations she thought they could all be handed out. I did grab 25 of them to make sure they did not get dispersed. Off she went to school and passed them out to 75 kids.
At this point the party date seems far off and I am excited for her. I am doing my list of things we will need. Well, life takes over and I forget that the party is in a few days... Now I am freaking out about food, music, firewood for the bonfire, and sound system. I have a hard time falling asleep wondering where, when , how. Wednesday night I meet Sherri R. to pick up her SWEET sound system (remember this for later on in the blog...). Friday I have to take a half day at work to get all the drinks, and food at BJ's. Typical me, I buy more then we probably need. I bolt home from picking up the things and get everything ready. I did pick up the kids and some friends that helped make the signs, mow the lawn, clean bathrooms, and just make my set up much easier!
So everything is ready to go and the kids start flowing in. Kurt and I stood at the driveway introducing ourselves to the parents and Abby introduces us to her friends. Some of the parents comments were wishing us good luck, letting us know they were at home if we needed help, and some just asked us "why are you doing this". So with that vote of confidence I was a even more nervous!
Typical girl/boy party, girls are on the deck and guys are playing football. This went on for about an hour. Kids trickled in for a total of 65. It would of been more but it is the long weekend so that was a blessing:) Halee was the DJ for the night and did a great job. The place was rocking and all the kids were dancing, well if you call what they do dancing... It was so loud and the bass was totally bump'n.
Then... Dundundun... The police show up at 9:30. I see them coming up the driveway and I bolt out to them before Kurt sees. I talk first saying" we have till 10 pm and they are all 8th graders, so no problem, right." That is the law here you have till 10pm. He just looked at me and said 6 people complained about the noise. What? We live way out in the woods, classic... I also remember we have a bonfire burning in the back yard and I failed to get a permit so I am panicing hoping that tis cop stays put in his car or I could have a $300 fine. I gave him all my info and did inform him of a HS party that they might be interested in if they are looking to bust some kids. I turn and see Kurt walking towards us, I quickly say "we are all set". Kurt has a history with cops and he is not to fond of cocky police, which this guys was. Lucky they start pulling away as he is almost at the car, fheww .
Off they went and we headed back to the kids. I have to complement Abby and her choice of friends, they were all well behaved and personable! Kurt and I had a great time getting to know these kids and see them interact. No drama, no issues at all. I would do another party for her someday, well maybe before they all drive. I am glad we did all of this, it restores my feeling of middle school kids that they can be fun and not all of them are punks.
*** One parent that came to pick up her son said she could hear the music who lives about 3/4 of a mile up the road. Great sound system!!! Thanks Sherri! ***