Practicing for Poetry Reading – Joker Daughter in Background

Do you have a joker in your family?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

My family is full of jokers. Below is a home video from 1999 when I was practicing for a poetry reading. Like many people, I have a fear of public speaking, so I needed to practice in order to stay calm and not fret to the point my nerves unraveled.

My oldest daughter goofed around in the background. It took me a while to catch on. She was about 18 at the time. I had a laughing attack watching this a few months ago. I’d forgotten how funny April was with her shenanigans.

I’m only sharing excerpts rather than the whole poem because I may publish it as a picture book.

At one point, our cat PeeWee jumped up onto the chair and startled April. Haha!

Lynn Kelley

Ollie ollie oxen
free free free!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Winner wins
losers weep

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Tic tac toe
Tag! You’re it!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

With heavy hearts
we stand and gawk

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Granddad hollers over the rail
Stop all that noise,
his face so pale

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Better leave our gramps alone

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Long faces

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Breathe in the magic
hold your breath

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

I love her expressions.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Greeted by the morning yawn

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

New sidewalk chalk lights up our eyes!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Joker, joker, joker!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Small footprints lead down the path . . .

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

. . . to endless whims, dreams, and sighs
far beyond where magic lies

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

If you watch the video, you can hear me hooting, cackling, and snorting as I was re-recording this home video to share on YouTube. Ah, the memories of raising kids. Parents never know what to expect, especially with a house full of little jokers.

Humor helps keep my fretting in check. Fret is The Daily Post one-word prompt for today. 

It’s National Poetry Month. If you’d like to read more of my poems, check these out:

Spool

Ragged Old Slippers

Defeat and Hope

What are your thoughts? Do you take a lot of home videos or photos? Do you enjoy reminiscing years later when you look back at them? Do you tend to fret? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Smile Train – A Worthy Cause – My Niece and Nephew Help Bring More Awareness

My nephew and niece, Brent and Brooke, were born with cleft palates. Now all grown up, they are raising money to go with the Smile Train organization to Peru in June.

Lynn Kelley, Smile Train

Brooke and Brent when they were children and now all grown up.

They’re working to bring more awareness to the issue of children born with cleft lips or paletes and the organization that does reconstructive surgery: Smile Train.

A Global Problem

“Globally, 1 in every 700 children is born with a cleft. While surgery can take as little as 45 minutes and costs as little as $250, it is out of reach for many in the developing world. Smile Train is an organization that provides these children with the surgeries they need!

Lynn Kelley, Smile Train

“Brent and Brooke Hanke are two siblings who were born with cleft paletes, but were fortunate enough to have them fixed as young children. Now almost 20 years later Brooke has just finished her Bachelors at Cal State Fullerton in Communication Disorders and is about to start her Masters at Cal State San Marcos, specializing in cleft and craniofacial abnormalities. As a family we have been donating to this organization for years.

“Now the time has come where Brent and Brooke want to take the next step towards awareness and understanding of the behind-the-scene journey that takes place to supply these deserving children of cleft reconstructive surgeries.

Lynn Kelley, Smile Train

“We are raising money to go with the Smile Train organization to Peru in June. On this journey we will be meeting with the children who we will be sponsoring to get their cleft lips or paletes reconstructed! We will be along for the whole ride. We will have the opportunity to learn about their history, scrub in on a surgery, and be with them post-operation!

“We will also be fortunate enough to meet with previous patients at their homes, who have recieved surgeries, and hear about their journey! We will meet with staff and surgeons from Smile Train to hear about their future plans of expansion.

“Thank you for reading about our story. If you are not in the place to donate, prayers are greatly appreciated as we embark on this journey!”

My Uncle Lee was born with a cleft lip. As a child, he was often teased. As an adult, he always wore a mustache. Reconstructive surgery has come a long way. I’m amazed at what these surgeons are doing.

I’ve got to give a huge shout out to Brent and Brooke for speaking out about a condition they were born with and now going forth to spread good news and make more people aware of this worthy cause.

To donate, go here.

What are your thoughts? Do you know anyone who was born with a cleft lip or palate? Do you think it’s amazing how Smile Train can correct some of these clefts for as little as $250 for reconstructive surgery? I’d love to hear from you!

 

Images courtesy of GDJ, Prawny – Pixabay

 

 

 

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Spool – Short Poem and 1999 Retro Video Practicing for Poetry Reading

 

Lynn Kelley, Author, Grammy Gets It, Spool

Once upon a time I attended a poetry group at the Frugal Frigate children’s bookstore in Redlands, California. At one point, we were invited to participate in a poetry reading.

Like most people, I had a fear of public speaking, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and join in since it would be a small crowd.

First, I practiced reading my chosen poems so I’d feel comfortable reading them in public. Recording ourselves is always helpful to see how we will appear to others.

In this retro video, I’m practicing two poems. The first one, Spool, is below. I’ll share the second one, Disposal Edge, in another blog post.

If you watch the video, please pay no mind to my 18-year-old daughter April joking around at the beginning of the video. Haha! My kids always kept me laughing. (And yelling and crying.)

Lynn Kelley, Author, Grammy Gets It, Spool

Spool

A spool of dark green thread
Green, I say
yet lacking life, lacking breath
The thread winds its way
around and around endlessly
not searching
layer upon layer
choking with tension
focusing on only the prick of the needle
rather than the mending and patching
it can accomplishment
with the needle’s guidance

The edges of the spool are rough
with teeth that grind and gnash
over unfairness,
unlike the flowers beside it,
alive, delicate, beautiful, relaxed
as they breathe and live and grow

~Lynn Kelley

Other blog posts with poems:

Ragged Old Slippers

Defeat and Hope

What are your thoughts? Do you like poetry? Short or long? Rhyming or philosophical? Or, would you rather read comic books or the newspaper? We all have different preferences and that’s what makes the world so interesting. I’d love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

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When Your Shoe Breaks in Public or You Tear a Hole in Your Fishnets

Have you ever been out in public and your shoe broke?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks in Public

A couple of days ago, I had just entered Macy’s to look for high heels to go with a new dress. Right there in the shoe department, the platform sole of my shoe came loose. I took another step and it completely fell off!

I limped through the store until I found a bench to sit on. Then I pulled off the sole of the other shoe (see short video below).

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks In Public

Goodbye broken soles!

My youngest sister gave me these platform sandals a couple of years ago, and this was the first time I’d worn them.

Once the platform soles were gone, the shoes were way more comfortable as flats, but they were barely holding together. I was able to wear them home before more parts fell off.

As soon as I got home, it was time to pitch what remained of those platform sandals. They did not deserve a poem (not a nice poem, at least) like my trusty old slippers, which had served me well for many years.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks in Public

My daughter Amy helped me look for heels at Macy’s to go with my $18 navy and white dress from Ross.

These comfortable Alfani shoes will work well for the dance moves (just a couple) for my upcoming speech competition. Wish me luck!

Good thing I wasn’t planning on wearing my black fishnet stockings for the contest because I accidentally put a hole in them just before leaving for my Toastmasters meeting the other night.

I came up with a bright idea to camouflage the hole. A dab of black permanent marker and no one would be the wiser. The run was barely noticeable, so I wasn’t worried about it.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks in Public

Then I moved and so did the hole. Drat! Oh well, fashion faux pas. Tsk! Tsk! I wore them to the meeting anyway, where I got to practice my speech. Again.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks Out in Public

No one seemed to notice the black marker spot on my leg, the hole in my tights or the runner. It’s a shame I’ll have to toss those fishnets. They held up way better than regular pantyhose.

Screen shot of practicing my speech.
You can’t even tell the tights were damaged.

Here’s a short clip showing how easily the other shoe was to break apart:

Related post:

When Your Pants Don’t Fit Right- Fashion Faux Pas

What are your thoughts? Have you ever had your shoe break out in public? What did you do? Any other outfit malfunctions? I’d love to hear from you.

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A Place to Dream – Awakening Photo Challenge

A Place to Dream is my entry for this week’s Daily Post “Awakening” photo challenge.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, A Place to Dream

Isn’t this charming? It’s at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California. I love the textured pebble stone pathway, the furniture art used for a backyard setting, and the overall feel. Peaceful, tranquil, sweet.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, A Place to Dream

A real magical place! Imagine that!

Here’s a three-minute video in case you’d like to see more of this lovely garden:

Go here to see more “Awakening” photo challenge posts.

Other photo challenge posts:

Child Skipping to the Music at the Park – Smile Photo Challenge

Yosemite Valley – My Favorite Place Photo Challenge

What are your thoughts? Do you have a special place you like to dream? Do you like furniture art for the outdoors? I’d love to hear from you!

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Altered Art Scrapbook For a Little Girl

Altered art scrapbook for a little girl. Mixed media.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Front cover.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Scrapbooking paper, sticker embellishments, text printed on parchment paper with torn edges, scraps from magazines, doll shirt from dollar store. A triangle-shaped pocket in the corner holds special photos.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Remove the photos to see the entire page.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

A quote on white parchment paper and a note for the little girl to add a photo of her choosing in the small pocket at the bottom of the page.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

This spread focuses on her mom, an important person in a little girl’s life. Buttons are inexpensive, easy, and make cute embellishments for a scrapbook.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

A bookmark and a photo of her mom holding little brother were tucked in the corner pocket.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Ribbon is another inexpensive embellishment that can be tied into bows, braided to use for borders or ties to hold the book together.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

The theme for this spread is Valentine’s Day.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Get It, altered art book for a little girl

Photo of her mom and dad’s wedding and an envelope to stash secrets in, which fits in the pockets.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Holidays make fun themes for various spreads. In these pages, Easter and spring are featured.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

I didn’t have a lot of embellishments for the 4th of July spread, but I found some cool pictures in a magazine and used glitter glue applied with a toothpick to give a fireworks effect.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Summer is a great theme and offers all kinds of fun ideas to add to the pages. For the border, dots of acrylic paint are applied by dipping the the non-brush tip of a small paintbrush into the paint and dotting along the edge of the pages.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Dotted paint borders are an inexpensive way to add a colorful touch to any altered art project.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

What else is important to a little girl? School days, of course!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Another fun holiday theme is Halloween. I had a blast designing this spread.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Autumn and Thanksgiving made a nice theme for these pages.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Altered Art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Christmas is always bright and cheerful. I enjoyed working on this spread.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

What else is important in a child’s life? You guessed it, their birthday!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Friends, especially best friends, are important in a little girl’s life.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

More fun stuff for these next pages. Cute scrapbook quotes are great to use for embellishments.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

An adorable photo from when she was a toddler was the perfect focal point for these pages.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

More quotes and a pocket cut from an old pair of blue jeans made a cute spread. The border is made out of braided ribbon yarn.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

The back cover is embellished with macramae. It fits with the Hawaiian theme.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

To view other altered art projects, so here:

Altered Art Book Wedding Gift 2017

Altered Art Book Wedding Gift 2012

More Altered Art Photo Boxes

What are your thoughts? If you were going to make an altered art book, what them would you choose? What kind of arts or crafts do you enjoy doing, if any? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Ragged Old Slippers – A Poem

At first glance, my old slippers don’t look too shabby.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Ragged Old Slippers

Turn them over. Whoa! If they could talk, imagine the stories they could tell. They were good to me for years, so they deserved a poem at the very least.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Ragged Old Slippers

Ragged Old Slippers

Once soft and perky
Fuzzy warm pups
Cushioned my toes
Padded each step
Snug and comfy

Pattering through time
Like whispering dreams
Measured miles
Take a toll

Tired and scruffy
Loyal old dogs
Worn, grimy soles
Cracked and gritty
Tattered edges
Insides spilling out

Sleep well, faithful friends

More poems:

Lightning Bug Poem

Time Tested Beauty – a Poem

The Dance

What are your thoughts? Do you find it hard to say goodbye to favorite slippers, shoes, or clothes? I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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Defeat and Hope – A Poem

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, poem about Defeat and Hope

Hope

Dark crows of worries
nest in my soul
Their jagged beaks
peck at my thoughts
Their heavy wings
overshadow my imagination
The worms they feed upon
burrow deeper and deeper
into the soil of angst and fear
and fill me with the fatigue of defeat

Then I remember the Lord’s promise:
His gift of hope shall never abandon me.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Defeat and Hope - A Poem

I see promise in the bright leaves of autumn,
in the fine, crisp lines of mountains
set against a fresh blue sky,
robins splashing in puddles after a rainfall,
in a baby’s chatter,
the curious eyes of a toddler,
and the smile of a stranger

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Defeat and Hope - a poem

Fresh winds of hope
blow through my spirit,
scattering the black crows
to faraway lands.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Defeat and Hope - a poem

Peace fills my cup with inspiration
I can taste the sweetness of life once more.

~Lynn Kelley

The Daily Post one-word prompt is “inchoate.” Are you familiar with this word? It’s an adjective and it means “not yet complete” or “not perfected.”

Do you think this poem describes an inchoate spirit or being?

April is National Poetry Month. To read some of my other poems, go here:

Lightning Bug Poem

The Dance

What are your thoughts? Can you relate to these feelings? Do the dark times in your life make you appreciate brighter days? Would you like to share a time you felt this way and how you dealt with it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Images: Courtesy of Pixabay – Alexas Fotos,  Myriams Fotos, jplenio, DanielReche

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Retro Jewelry Haul From an Estate Sale – Part 3 – Long Chain Necklaces

Do you like retro jewelry? Here are some pieces I bought at an estate sale. This is Part 3 of my Retro Jewelry Haul.

Haul” happens to be the Word Press one-word prompt for today! How cool is that?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. The main reason I bought these pieces is to use them for craft projects, like altered art. I like to decorate photo boxes, so chains, beads, and other pieces of jewelry make nice borders and embellishments.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

This first piece has two very long chains. The problem I have with long chain necklaces is the way they get tangled so easy. Have you ever had a necklace chain tie itself in knots? Did it take forever to untangle it? Does it drive you crazy?

The medallion has a bamboo look to it. It’s a heavy piece, so I would never wear it. How about you, do you like heavy jewelry? Would you wear this?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

The next necklace looks heavy, but it’s pretty lightweight. It might look good with the right outfit.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

What do you say? Yea or nay?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

I’ll use it for an altered art craft. The back is flat, so it will be easy to glue it onto something.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

I would decoupage some photos or artwork on the box first and then add jewelry pieces.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

Here’s a YouTube video of Part 3. It’s nine and a half minutes long, so it’s rather lengthy. I bump my head on the shelf in the background at about 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the video. Just a flesh wound and I was only unconscious for a minute. Just kidding. It was a minor bump and not funny enough for America’s Funniest Home Videos.

This next necklace is very lightweight. The metal pieces jingle. Would you wear this, or do you think it’s ugly?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

It will be a nice piece to use this piece for an art project.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

This next necklace looks kind of Boho to me. I love the colors of the beads and sequins. Is this your style or no way?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

Bummer that the middle part of the medallion is loose. I think I’ll use some glue to keep it from falling apart and then add it to my crafts stash for a special project.

I’m up in the air about this next piece. Wear it or use it for altered art? The gold tassels are pretty, and so is the chain.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

It’s lightweight and easy to put on. Just tie one end over the other. Voila! A nice accessory to dress up any outfit.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

The beautiful tassels would look impressive as part of a craft project, and the chains would make a nice border.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

That’s it for Part 3 of the Retro Jewelry Haul. You can find Part 1 – Cute or Ugly? Bangles and Beads here.

Part 2 features Carved Animals and Wood Pieces.

What are your thoughts? Do you like long necklaces? Boho jewelry? Have you used jewelry pieces for craft projects? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Cake Disaster for Daughter’s Sweet 16 Birthday – Parenting Plights & Delights

Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter, April. Twenty-one years ago we celebrated her Sweet 16 birthday.

We wanted to make her 16th birthday an occasion to remember. In order to hire a DJ, we had to cut back on other costs, so I decided I could bake and decorate the cake myself. No sweat.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, disaster cake, sweet 16th birthday

April – Age 16

We expected over 50 guests, so I baked four yellow cake mixes, which required two roasting pans. I transferred the first layer onto a large tray, but the middle of the cake stuck to the bottom of the pan. Okay, no big deal. I scraped out the middle and fit the pieces back into place like a puzzle. There were huge fissures, but extra whipped cream took care of that, and no one would be the wiser.

The whipped cream covered all the cracks perfectly. Mm-mmm! The tricky part was getting the top layer out of the other pan in one piece. April grabbed one side as I grabbed the other. We flopped it out onto the bottom layer. Dang! The top had split down the middle. No worries, though. Lots of whipped cream would easily hide that.

Camouflaging the cracks used up all the whipped topping. I still had to cover the sides, so I sent my 17-year-old son, Mike, to the store for some frozen whipped cream in the tubs.

He returned in a jiff with two cans of whipped cream and told me he couldn’t find it in the tubs. “Besides, the cans were cheaper anyway,” he added. I wondered how he knew they were cheaper if he never found the tubs to compare them.

I sprayed a fancy ripple of cream all the way around the sides of the cake. “Beautiful!”

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, sweet 16th birthday

Bru-nO – Pixabay

Within 30 seconds, the canned whipped cream liquefied and ran down the sides. I rushed the monstrous cake into the fridge as it was too big for the freezer. Then I wiped up the trail that had dripped across the floor.

Ten minutes later I checked on the cake, only to find whipped cream running down the shelf and into the veggie drawer. I started to remove the sticky mess, but the shelf gave way from the weight and collapsed into the drawer below. “Oh, man!”

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, sweet 16 birthday, disaster cake

Creozavr – Pixabay

Somehow I retrieved the cake in one piece, set it aside, and cleaned up the fridge, but first I sent Mike back to the store. This time he returned with frozen whipped cream in the tubs.

After spreading the tub whipped cream on all four sides of the cake, I topped it with strawberries. Now all I had to do was write “Happy Birthday April” with a tube of decorator frosting.

Copyright – Dreamstime

Darn it! The tube didn’t come with a tip, so I dug out the decorating kit I’d bought two years prior but had never used and squeezed the frosting from the tube into the cylinder.

I soon discovered why that kit was such a bargain. It required muscle man strength to press on it to get the frosting out. My face was red after writing “Happy.” I shook the numbness from my hands and decided to replace “Birthday” with “16th.” By the time I wrote “April,” I was thankful I hadn’t named her Elizabeth.

That night I pulled the cake out of the fridge. Voila! It was gobbled up in no time. The guests were clueless as to the comical scene that had played out just before they arrived, and that was my last attempt at a monster-sized cake.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, sweet 16 birthday, disaster cake

Geralt – Pixabay

All in all, the party was amazeballs.

I apparently didn’t take any pictures at the party, so I’m bummed there’s no photo of that memorable cake. No photos of April or her siblings and friends at the party either. I did find a home video, but the quality is pathetic. That’s putting it mildly.

That’s what I get for letting kids do the recording, plus it was dark with the lights turned down so the DJ’s disco  and strobe lights could cast party-hearty vibes. Good times and great memories!

Flash forward 21 years and the circle of life continues. April is married with two children.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, disaster cake, sweet 16 birthday

“I used to believe my father about everything, but then I had children myself & now I see how much stuff you make up just to keep yourself from going crazy.” ~ Brian Andreas

Related posts:

Poem for my Daughter

Welcome, Baby Punkin

What are your thoughts? Have you ever decorated a cake? How’d it turn out? Do you love parties? Love to celebrate birthdays? Do you have a funny story you’d like to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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