Nora with a giant box of chocolates
I did a terrible job of taking photos at the party. For one thing the party was too crowded for my fancy camera - It was hard to stand five feet from anyone, there was no room!
One of my New Year's resolutions is to start asking for help. I love to help people with stuff around their house so I don't know why I feel so weird asking others. I started last month by having a friend help me move a giant bookcase that took me weeks to move the first time by myself. It took Kipp and me exactly two minutes. And he repaired the part I'd broken off in my struggle the first time.
My dear sister, Beth and her lovely husband, Ron came over on Saturday to help with the preparation. Ron had the thankless task of chipping away at the ice and shoveling my driveway and sidewalks. Beth came with an armful of white chocolate covered pretzels and candied pecans she'd made. We washed windows, cleaned the porch, vacuumed and decorated. We had a blast running errands in the neighborhood - picking up heart-shaped Philly-style pretzels and beer. We stopped at Mom's for candles and the dozens of heart-shaped cookies she made and her famous fudge.
The party was a blast - 75 people signed the guest book, so I'm guessing there were about 100 people again this year. I just love seeing everyone connect (and when you're elbow-to-elbow, there is not much choice). It was a fun mix of friends and family and Second Helpings volunteers.
Will someone please remind me to take the day after the party off next year?