Thank you for your prayers. It would be nice if life was easy, but it rarely is. I hope you get a break in the weather soon, or at least a break from the weather.
Let’s talk about something more fun. I promised pictures from the party today, so here you go. I found during the process that a party, like a story, is all the better for editing. I had some grand plans, but in the end, for everyone’s sanity it was better for us to simplify. So – cake mix, only three colors of icing, one pic of LM instead of one from each month. I hope I remember this next year.
Unfortunately, I was still too busy to take many pictures, so the selection is limited – mostly to cake time.
The balloons were the most popular item with the under-3 crowd, and none of them popped, amazingly. No startled tears, so I consider them an unqualified success. The older kids had fun playing on Little Mister’s new slide from Mom and Dad, and then doing bubbles. The Pinterest party ideas I saw seemed a little insane and not a little awful about the children (Party game: “Snowflake says, ‘Guess how old I was when I turned over?'”). So in the end I ignored it all and went classic with rainbow colors and circle shapes – and toys for the kids and chat for the grownups.
We had cupcakes – chocolate and vanilla, with blue, yellow, and “red” (as red as you can make white icing in less than 10 minutes, so really pink) icing. LM’s had the number candle; the others had stars. The cupcakes were another hit with the kids. The chaos level seemed to go WAY up once the cupcakes were broken out, and at that point, I was very glad we had a backyard.
He didn’t really recognize the cupcake as food even after I broke it up and handed him the plate, and he was completely flummoxed by the singing. But once I actually put a little piece in his mouth, he worked it out. He didn’t eat much, but he seemed to enjoy what he had, even dancing a little while he was eating each piece. Yesterday, I caught him chewing on some frosting crumbs I had missed during cleanup, so I suspect he’s looking forward to the next time he gets to have straight up sugar and fat. (His father says that won’t be until his next birthday.)
He got lots of very nice presents and will be one of the best dressed kids around for the next few months – he even got a panama hat! And a Steampunk Alphabet book – with the Doctor on the “T for Time Machine” page (I enjoyed finding that Easter egg). Of course, his favorites so far are the toys.
Everyone’s least favorite present was his first ear infection, which showed up this week. Poor baby hasn’t been a happy camper, and on Tuesday he was more cuddly than he’s ever been in his life. But Wednesday, we got meds, and he perked right up again. But I think this week has worn the boy out.
As for me, I was happy with how last Saturday turned out, and I celebrated in a quiet way once everyone was gone and LM was in bed. I can’t believe he’s been with us a year!