Hello my dears! Oh, I am so glad to be able to sit down, rest, and visit with you all for a bit. My life has been crazy busy the past week and a half, filled with moving house, baking 10 pies for a party (all in one evening), hosting said party (Gabe’s Birthday Ball), and visiting my family. Whew! It’s nice to sit down and just process it all. Gabe and his friend Levi both celebrate their birthdays within a few days of each other, so they decided last year that an annual ball would be a wonderful way to celebrate together. We invited tons of friends to come as their favorite Movie or TV character, and had a blast of an evening dancing.
Gabe and I went as Molly Gibson and Roger Hamley from Wives and Daughters (though Gabe didn’t finish his Roger suit in time, so he had to make do with an earlier suit… 🙁 ). It was SOOOOO fun making my dress! I hand stitched the entire thing (including the corset underneath), and I think I am hooked on hand sewing all of my pre-sewing-machine-era garments from now on. By the way, if you are wondering what dress of Molly’s I am wearing, it is the dress that she wears when she meets Cynthia for the first time. Yes, it’s the dress that everyone forgets, but it is one of my favorites. I plan to post more about the dress details in another post, so keep your eyes out for that in the coming weeks.
My wonderful family! Mom and Dad went as themselves, Jessica went as Jenny from Call the Midwife, and Charlotte was Liesl from The Sound of Music.
This birthday ball was quite a bit louder and rowdier than last year, but it was still loads of fun. I always like seeing who everyone dresses up as. Some of our dear family friends came as the Brady Bunch, which was totally awesome. And then there were a few Lord of the Rings costumes (Hobbit dresses are the cutest!), and some old Hollywood characters as well (I bet you already spotted Marilyn Monroe in the top picture).
Practicing the Strathspey step for one of the dances. Yeah… I shed my shoes pretty early on in the evening.
But there were those who had the grace to be able to wear heels the entire evening.
This chaos is Little Man in a Fix. A ridiculously crazy folk dance. I don’t think anymore needs to be said.
Ah, such a wonderful bunch of people! And we had such a lovely time. It was nice being able to relax and enjoy some dancing for an evening in the midst of the rest of the crazy adventure that is life.
Brigid, The Middle Sister