Was completely insane! No not really but it had some crazy elements.
We came home Wednesday afternoon to find we were out of power. In the almost 10 years we've lived here we've had maybe one significant power outage due to weather. Just one! So we quickly divert our party to Fairgrove at Joe's folks. Make all the calls and such and about 45 minutes before the party suppose to start the power comes back on. So quickly we call everyone again and it's back here. Well lo and behold about 5 minutes later the power goes back off. Boo. So we decided not to call everyone back yet again, got every candle out that I owned, and with the help of a camping lantern we had a nice and dark gathering. The big joke was that everyone looked much better with the lack of light. My brother Scott brought over a friend and she said we had such a nice house and I thanked her and said if she could see she'd notice the very stained carpets and marked up walls, the couch is fraying and there are probably fingerprints on the windows. ;)
Overall it was a very good time. The house smelled like a fruity pebble factory as I had about 10 different scents going. Not very good for my poor smell sensitive father in law. But he toughed it out.
You can't tell from the pictures but it was quite dark in the house. Austin told me all he wanted for his birthday was a stuffed animal and a rosary. Oh be still my heart. :) He got his rosary from Grandma and a bunch of new stuffies as well as some games. Maybe it really was the best birthday ever.
P.S. - He broke his glasses for the first time last weekend. They are fixed now and we'll pick them up Monday. I guess I should be thankful he'd had them a full year before breaking them.