Shawn's Birthday

Shawn is awesome by SashaWarner
Shawn is awesome, a photo by SashaWarner on Flickr.

Friday was a big day.  We had people over.  And we had junk food and a drink (me) or two (Shawn) ...

Shawn is officially 30, so I planned a small surprize birthday party for him. 

I set the scene by making a sign for him to see when he looked in our window when he drove up to our house.  Who doesn't want to see their name in lights at some point in their life?  A little bit budget-friendly (read: white-trashy), but a little bit awesome.

I also made a budget friendly banner that further instilled the message that "Shawn is awesome."  Everyone who attended agrees.  Shawn IS awesome.  And so are our friends.  Especially the one who brought a growler of bog water.  What?  You don't know what that is?  Yeah, neither did I until I overheard him say, "I'm thinking of cracking the growler of bog water,"  and one of the other girls asked if he was speaking english.  Because we weren't sure.   Turns out its a big special jug of big special beer.

The next morning, since we are parents, and children don't care what their parents do the evening before, we were a little tired.  While I was in the shower, the following conversation could be heard:

Shawn lays on the bathroom floor beside the toilet.
Nevin:  What you doing, Daddy?
Shawn: Daddy doesn't feel well.
Nevin: If you sit on the potty and go pee, Mommy will give you a treat and you will feel better.


Below you will find the recipe for Shawn's Beer Dip, which was a hit at the party.

Shawn's Beer Dip
2  8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
8 oz grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup beer
Sourdough loaf

 Mix the ingredients.  Place in casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, until melted.  While waiting, hollow out the sourdough loaf, to make a bowl.  Cut the remaining bread (the part that you removed from the "bowl") into cubes for dipping.  Place the heated dip into the sourdough bowl and serve.


  1. Shawn IS awesome, there's no doubt about that. The multiple signs only reinforced it!

    It was indeed a super-duper weekend all around! Thanks for being part of it! :)

  2. Darren: pass the beer dip recipe along to Emily!


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