Sunday, February 04, 2007


SImon's birthday party

Have you been breathlessly waiting for the update from Simon's birthday party yesterday? I know, you haven't been able to sleep for the suspense. Well, I'm thrilled to be able to report that despite the words you never want to hear your husband say when you have more than a dozen friends and family in the house ("Don't worry, it's only a small fire in the oven"), the party was nearly perfect.

I had set my goal for the day at a rather lofty "I'll be happy as long as nobody cries", and managed to not only pull that off, but I think everyone had a great time while they were at it.

We managed to play one game, but the kids were content to raid the snack table and play at their own pace.

Simon had a lot of helpers when opening his gifts, and he was surprisingly tolerant of them!

If you want to make a three-year-old really happy, I suggest a drum, a doctor kit, a dollhouse, a pirate ship, a handful of books, a floor puzzle, and some new clothes. (Okay, so mommy probably appreciated the clothes more than he did on the spot - but he'll be happy when I discard the flood pants that are grazing his shinbone instead of his ankle!)

And Papa Lou makes a very patient patient!

All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning, watching the happy children that make up our extended family romp through the house while the adults relaxed nearby. They're the people I love most in the world, and having them all in the same place was more than enough to make it a perfect morning; the rest was just the icing on the cake... the brightly coloured Wiggles cake, of course.

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