Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Trails to You

Rachel leaves on her mission to Mesa, Arizona this week.  This weekend we hosted a farewell open house for her at my parents' home.  Of course we had to have a Cowboy themed party to wish her "Happy Trails." 

 We decorated the house with bandannas and cowboy hats and Southwestern vases.  We ate chili and had Cowboy Cookies, Haystacks, and Cow Patties.  A huge watering hole, and note cards for guests to write messages to Rachel.

Side Note:  We had these cute little signs all over the house.  After reading and "getting" the "I'll be Mission You" pun, Ryan wondered what "Happy Trails to You" might mean.  His all-knowing big brother reminded him of Rachel's talk where she said that missions were really hard.  Meaning that the pun here was " happy TRIALS to you" which means you should be happy with your trials.  :)

The biggest hit of the party (or at least with my three little people) was the photo booth.  We had lots of fun western props and Rachel took pictures with each of her guests as they arrived.  I took over 300 pictures at the party...mostly of my own children who kept hopping back on the saddle.

My children kept going back.  Who knew that all it took were props to have Andrew actually LIKE to take pictures.

Our guests were such great sports.  I am so grateful for such a fun family and family friends!

It was also Emily's 24th birthday yesterday, so we had birthday cake in her honor.  The boys blew out the candles for her.

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