Thinking in terms of a tea party, I made bread and cut the slices into exciting shapes for finger sandwiches (pb & j and cheese), I made tea (iced, it was 92 degrees out for pity's sake), and of course there were the cupcakes. I dressed the girls in pretty dresses with their bathing suits underneath for when it was time for seriously gettin' down. I imagined they'd all have tea and biscuits and talk about the queen and THEN swim. When I brought Kate over to Steve & Joy's, we still needed to get all the alphabet mat pieces under the parts where the kids would be landing hard, since it was sitting on the driveway. Kate was so excited to get in that pool she was running in circles and squealing. Catherine, next door, caught the fever and was the first to join the party. In her dress, Kate danced around the pool as it filled, playing with the hose. Us grown-ups were watching but mostly busying ourselves with things like beverages and setting up chairs. Before I knew it, Kate was in the pool, dress and all. The party was a full on pool party and while finger sandwiches were eaten and tea consumed, it was only to power up for more swimming. Here are a few of the hundreds of pictures we took that day.