I have the perfect recipe for a Great Summer Saturday:
You start off by preheating the August day to about 97 degrees. The kind of day where you don't want to leave things like, oh, decorative candles outside or else they'll melt. And while you're turning up the heat, make sure to throw some wind in there to make the day bearable.
After you've got the temperature squared away, you add a birthday party for your niece. Not just any birthday will do, though, she has to be turning one year old, and she has to be one of the prettiest babies you've ever seen with eyelashes that are a mile long:
*Photo of my 1 year old niece:
Since it is a hot day, and the birthday party is outside at a beautiful park in a small Iowa town, you do what you can to stay cool. Swinging high in the air helps to cool you down nicely:
*Photo of Bumblebee swinging high in the air on a swing:
The recipe calls for a sprinkling of underdog, because, what's a trip to the park swings without a few underdogs?
*Photo of Hollywood giving an underdog push on the swing to a little girl at the party:
While you're at the party, you have to mix together some hugs and loving from a few sets of grandparents:
*Photo of Bumblebee hugging Grandma J:
*Photo of Bumblebee being lifted into the air by Grandpa C and Grandma D:
And then you finish the party off with a whole lot of family:
*Photo of the extended family at the birthday party:
An optional step in this recipe is to take some pictures of the beautiful Iowa countryside from your car on the way home from the party - since it's an hour and a half drive home.
*Photo of a truck stop sign with a backdrop of the perfectly blue sky and a cornfield:
*Photo of a corn field with a clear blue sky:
*Photo of Saylorville Lake from the mile long bridge:
The next step in your recipe for a Great Summer Saturday is to fold together about 50-60 of your neighbors and have them over for a block party:
*photo of neighbors standing around at the party:
At the block party, you have to get all caught up on gossip. It's been a busy summer and you haven't seen some of these neighbors for weeks!
*Photo of people standing around at the block party:
Block parties need the essential ingredient of kids playing games like volleyball and taking flying leaps over piles of each other:
*Photo of a gaggle of kids horsing around at the party:
The older kids will probably prefer to hang out in a much more dignified manner:
*Photo of the teenagers sitting around a table at the party:
The recipe calls for the block party to last until about 2:30 a.m. When you finally come into the house after a fabulous day of hanging out with family and neighbors, it's a good idea to make sure that the couple of extra kids you acquired for the evening have ample room to sleep. Not that they're interested in sleeping, even at 3 a.m., but you want to make sure they could sleep if they were so inclined.
The final step in this recipe is to take a nice long bath to sooth your swollen cankles that didn't appreciate your standing for most of the day in the ridiculous heat and humidity. After the bath, you crawl into bed, making sure the bottle of Excedrin and the glass of water are on the nightstand for when you need them in the morning.