Wednesday, July 4, 2012

birthday blowout

It's been almost two weeks already since The Husband turned thirty and we celebrated in the most obvious fashion... with a barbecue (of course we did) at Papa's house.

 {La Petite and her Papi}

But it wasn't just any old normal LPV barbecue... Aidan brought bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and some Ranch dip so the French people can find out what Texas tastes like. 


And you know what? They loved the taste of Texas. Loved it. Especially the Ranch, which really shocked us. I mean, who would have thought the French would fall in love with the Hidden Valley? Next thing you know, they'll be looking for sweet tea and corn bread.

The birthday boy was a wee bit tired. The night before, he and Honey Jr drove through the night transporting bees. The Husband only had two hours of sleep and somewhere between 15 and 20 bee stings. But at least he hadn't been stung on the tenders like Honey Jr. had. That's right; the tenders.


The eyes say it all. Look at how tired he is.

(Sidenote: When The Husband says, 'tired' it sounds like 'tiwed'. Aidan and I recently discovered that The Husband and her littlest pronounce their 'R's exactly the same. For example, they both pronounce my name like, 'Sawa'. Bless.)

And do you see those cupcakes? I made them. Papa's Wife volunteered to buy the dessert but I said, no way Jose, birthdays need homemade treats. Even if they weren't particularly pretty, they were delicious. And oh my heavens, making butter cream frosting without a mixer is dang hard. 

But they were indeed delicious. See, here's Honey's Honey and Honey Jr. enjoying the chocolaty, butter creamy deliciousness: 


Notice how she is sitting on his lap? They are A L W A Y S  on each other like that. Blech.

After cupcakes we played Pétanque (well everyone else played, Aidan and I took that as our opportunity to sneak away for a glass of Rosé à deux). 


There's Brother-in-Law and Papa inspecting the boules before the game (it was hot, hence the reason Papa and La Petite ditched the shirts ... they like to be twinkies).

And after Pétanque it was time to hit up The LPV fête which of course, featured cool carnie rides for the kids. There's The Husband's mini-me (Aidan's Littlest) and La Petite cruising around. 


Good friends, BBQ, cupcakes, Pétanque, and a fête... it was close to perfect. The only thing that could have possibly made it anymore perfect, would have been if The Husband hadn't been told he was too big for the rides. 

He's all grown up now.

bisou
 

24 comments:

  1. Looks like a great day! I love your commentary :)

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  2. Indeed! It sounds like a great time spent "en famille"...Did Aidan make the ranch dressing, or find it hidden on a shelf deep in the bowels of Carrefour? Enquiring minds need to know!

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  3. Sounds like you had a really good day despite the bees and the lack of sleep! Please wish your husband belated Happy Birthday, keep well Diane

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  4. I made the ranch dressing from a bona fide American Hidden Valley Ranch packet sent directly from Bestie K in Texas. Carrefour would do well to carry it and save us all some postage!
    I can't wait for P to see the photo of shirtless Papa. He's his hero.
    when bloggers collide indeed.
    bisous ma soeur,
    aidan

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  5. Sounds like a great barbecue - a little more adventurous than sausages and burgers!! I used to love those village fêtes when I lived in France. Happy 4th July!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Oh my goodness! Those wrapped AND stuffed jalapeños! I want to try those! Is there a secret to preparing them or are they just as you described? It's the middle of winter but I'm ready to have a barbecue!

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  7. Sounds perfect! I love how you are slowly introducing American foods into the French diet. That'll teach 'em to for all those years being skinnier that me!
    Happy Fourth!
    m.

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  8. Your posts take me back to France for a few minutes. I love it. Merci :)
    Bisous!

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  9. Nice to see all of you having such a wonderful time together! I love the "poppers" too. Happy 4th, Sara!

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  10. Where or where did you find jalapenos in France? I loved this post. It was too funny.

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  11. happy birthday to the hubs... and now you've got me wanting corn bread... : )

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  12. I am sorry that your husband wasn't allowed on the rides. :) But except of that it sounds like a perfect day!

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  13. You crack me up! Your comments are so funny. And I am with Katrin here, it sounds like a close to perfect day!;)Happy 4th by the way!

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  14. How sweet and looked like so much fun!

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  15. Looks like you had great fun! Good thing Husband is not allergic to bee stings. Surprised they liked the jalapenos more than I am surprised they liked the ranch dressing since most French don't seem to be too keen on spicy food.

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  16. Happy Birthday Husband. Sorry your carnival is run by fascists.

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  17. "bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese" my eyes just popped out like a cartoon character's - so just fill the pepper with cream cheese wrap in bacon and throw on the grill? I have got to try these out - the minute it stops raining I'm in.

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  18. In that first photo of the husband, he looks very Bradley Cooper-esque oui? Happy birthday to him!

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  19. Oh yeah, life goes on ... long after the bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos are gooo-nne. Happy Birthday to the hubby & cheers to you with my glass of Rose' (OK, this one's from Tourraine, but you get the picture).

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  20. Wow! So festive! I completely feel like I was there! And that's funny about the R's being W's...my French R's apparently sound Latino sometimes and other times they sound arab. Sigh.

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  21. Quel Beaugosse! I think this is the first full frontal shot I have seen of The Husband and all I have to say is bien joué! Good for you Miss Sara Louise!

    I need to catch up on your blog to see what's going on with you, but I hope all is well and that last week's emergency has been sorted out.

    xo!!!!

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  22. The tenders ?? Are those his two veg, or cohones? And how on earth did he manage to get stung there? I think it's hilarious how much Aidan's youngest looks like the husband's mini-me. Love your blog & have been following for while, but first time commenting. Happy belated birthday to your handsome hubby.

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  23. The perfect birthday!! I am salivating over those bacon wrapped jalepenos. Definitely a Texas staple!! And whattttttt are the tenders???

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