When I was getting ready for Thanksgiving and the kids coming home, I decided that the pile on the table needed to get sorted. It’s been sitting on the corner of the table for several months…I had every intention of taking care of it but it never happened. I think we all do that from time to time…good intentions but poor follow-through.
Well with Thanksgiving and holidays here I decided I really did need to tackle that pile on the table. Look what I found…It’s the papers from my house when we bought it. They were asking $33,000 for it. I don’t remember for sure but I think we offered $20,000. It was a foreclosure house and needed LOTS of work…like $150,000 worth of work. I think they counter offered and we paid $22,000 for it. I don’t remember for sure. I think that was the number we settled on.
That was really fun to find.
It listed the house as 1,446 square feet. After the remodel it is closer to 2,400 square feet.
On the same clipboard, I found my notes from when I made all the food for the kids’ celebrations. I catered all of the events myself.
These were the notes from confirmation for Kelli and Kayla… I wrote how much I bought and what I would do the next I hosted an event.
My husband, Kramer, and I had five kids in eight years. Between catering for their confirmation and catering for their graduation parties, I catered nine events with a full meal at each event. In total, I did nine events because Kelli and Kayla were confirmed on the same day so shared a party. Being the kids were close in age, I had one almost every year.
These are the notes for Kelli’s graduation party. We never picked the same food each time. For Kelli, we roasted a hog.
These are the notes for Karl’s. He wanted meatballs. Can you believe I made 600 meatballs?? We made 10 bundt cakes…wow.
These are the notes from Kayla’s. She made it easy on me and only wanted brats.
I have the notes for the other kids too. Kalissa graduated early so we had her party between Christmas and New Year. She wanted the full Christmas meal so we went all out and had ham and potatoes with the whole Christmas meal flare.
Most people would not dream of catering and hosting that many people for a party…me, I loved doing it. The food part always came naturally to me.
The hard part was our son Buck’s party. It was at the end of May and terrible storms were to the south of us. We couldn’t watch the weather developments as the party was outside and back then the only way to get up-to-date weather was from the television. I remember pulling our daughters Kelli and Kayla aside and telling them to go tidy up the basement as best they could as we could see storms were coming and there were possible tornados.
I will always remember the day as storms did hit south of us. The storms were EF4 tornados and took out Parkersburg Iowa.
That was my trip down memory lane. If you ever want to cater something yourself, I have awesome food lists to let you know how much food to make for a crowd. It’s one of my many-many quirks. Part of me misses those days…part of me is so glad I’m not doing all of that with all of the kids still living at home.
I kept the papers…who knows, if I’m around when the grandkids start graduation from high school, I’ll be back in the mix of it all and the papers will be really handy to have.