(Of course, I'll only be 40 at the end of this month, so "old" is a state of mind. Or body. I haven't decided which.)
On the morning of the 4th, my husband Eric and I made shampoo, since our web store was out of stock. Then in the afternoon, I was hired by a wonderful event organizer, Premier Productions, to paint kids at a big party at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ. It's a beautiful place, and the event organizer was very good to the entertainers. She had canopies, tables, and chairs set up for each of us, plus enough cold water to keep us going.
That striped tent had games for the kids to play. There was also this terrific balloon artist.
Plus, a magician. The balloon artist apparently had a large number of requests for aliens, because then the kidos came to me to have their faces match! As someone who's ever only painted one alien face before, it was fun to have several in one day; gave me a challenge to change them up a bit as I went.
Even some of the club staff got painted, like this Tinkerbell fan, which is always fun for me.
Some of the kids stuck with the patriotic theme, of course.
And others didn't.
Some went completely another direction and were looking for my favorite, the horror faces. One boy was very definite about wanting to be a vampire, and another, age 12, just gave me the instruction that he wanted the most gory, bloody, horrible thing I could do. So here goes, a vampire and a zombie.
And you just have to love kids who play up to the photography! Hams are the best!
Believe it or not, after four hours of this, I went home, took a shower, and then Eric and I went to a party hosted by one of our own friends. It wasn't until the next day that we got to see fireworks in Ridgewood.