50th Anniversary


The morning of the 50th Anniversary party forecast was 70% chance of rain mainly after 2:00 pm, yep that’s when the party started. As 2:00 got closer it got darker and just waiting for the rain to start but after a little while the clouds gave way to sunshine and the weather was perfect for the duration on the party. Family and Friends came to celebrate this mile stone in life, love and the long journey to their Golden Anniversary. As everyone arrived we did the greetings talked about old times and then proceeded to mingle off around the pond to check out all the life that is in and around the pond and explore the life the pond has been able to sustain.

Then about 3:00 everyone got called in so we could start eating and of course you need to know when to say when. But with all the food there was so many different things to try it was hard not eating too much. I can say all us kids did a great job on putting this little shindig together  from preparing all the food, lawn care and setting up 2 different areas in case it rained and pulling it off as a picnic type event. Our parents I believe where very impressed with all that we have set up for them and in putting this event together, from the food to the poster board of their wedding pictures, wishing well card catcher even the wedding cake was reproduced from old pictures, I thought that was pretty cool. Oh we didn’t do the cake.

After a while folks started to head out to their homes others helped in cleaning up and putting away the tons of leftover food, making small packages for folks to take some cakehome with them. The last thing to get cleaned up was the chocolate fountain, not in the pond, but the one you can dip anything into and have chocolate strawberries, chips, banana’s, cherries and anything that goes with chocolate. Once that was cleaned up it was time to relax, it’s dark now and a fire going at the pond… Then it started to rain on and off, just a light sprinkle. After awhile we all headed off to bed. The weather seemed calm with the light sprinkle and there was hardly any wind so we figured it would be fine if we left the canopies up overnight and hope they would dry the next day.

Guess what… Woke up to Tornado warnings… Said hmmm wonder if the canopies made it? When I first got out of bed I looked in the back yard to the small pond and saw something weird looking in it. Yep it was the 10’ x 20’ car canopy. Well ok how did the other three survive? They didn’t the white carport played bulldozer after breaking the ropes and just crushing the other 3 on its way up the yard losing its legs along the way.

Having the party at the pond was a good idea as it seemed everyone enjoyed the life the pond had to offer, not to mention the relaxing atmosphere and entertainment of the Koi. The kids and some adults had a blast feeding the Koi by hand and getting their finger’s kissed.

About the Author: Darrell Rhoades is the founder of Whatpond.com. A one man business, works full time in tool & die. It all started when he built his own pond for the family. Ran into pond issues and started the research with pond suppliers and conferences for pond management. He writes about pond building and pond management and sells pond management supplies, aeration & fountains and Practical hands on experiences at Whatpond.com. . No physical store, but has items in stock.

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  • Joni Jun 8, 2010 @ 13:28

    Hey twisted bro…Thank God no one was hurt!

    You have a beautiful place, a beautiful family and your Mom and Dad are so cute!

    My favorite slide was the two of them eating the cake…awesome.

    Thanks for sharing this great video!

    Twisted sis…

  • Darrell Rhoades Jun 11, 2010 @ 14:13

    Hey Twisted Sis, thanks for your concern and awesome comments.
    As for a beautiful place you better get planning to see it in person 😉
    Oh I kept the pictures kind of low key… don’t want to get may parents mad…
    Twisted Bro

  • Debbie Jun 11, 2010 @ 14:34

    Thanks Darrell for the pics. Wish I could have been there!

  • Wanda Jun 12, 2010 @ 18:27

    It was a beautiful day for a beautiful celebration…

  • Darrell Rhoades Jun 13, 2010 @ 4:35

    Hey Debbie that’s what the video was for. Folks who couldn’t make it and to have a quick collection of the fabulous day. Take care

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