You’ve got more wildlife around you than if you lived in the country. Here, it’s just skunks that wander through occasionally, leaving their rancid calling cards to linger in the air for hours in the middle of the night. Makes it very hard to sleep sometimes.
If you are in the mood for a bird movie that tries to be scary and fails miserably, might I suggest Birdemic?
Just kidding, I would never recommend that movie. Unless it’s through the kind offices of RiffTrax (like Mystery Science Theatre), which make it hilarious. But on its own, it’s really, really awful.
We’re not doing the scary thing here, though. We’re partying down because it was recently Little Mister’s 2nd birthday! Last year, we had a big (for us) shindig, but this year we went a little more low-key: Sunday afternoon at the park with just a few friends.
Pinterest idea. Looks less like a train track than I was hoping, but if you use your imagination, you can probably see it.
Right now, LM is all about the vehicles – pretty much any vehicle – so we had a generic sort-of vehicle-themed party.
- The tablecloth was black with a masking tape center dividing line so it looked like a road. And then it was covered up with food, so you couldn’t really see that detail.
- The cake was a train track, although it was surprisingly difficult to find small, 3D trains to put on top. Almost all the train stuff I could find was Thomas the Tank Engine, which was not what I was going for.
- And decorations involved some cheap, tiny toy cars and bulldozers. But LM felt they were much better used as toys by him rather than as decorations by me.
- And the food was entirely unrelated. There were some other ideas I found on Pinterest that I thought about doing, but you know me – do less work and call it “being subtle.” After all, there were two 2-year-olds and one 6-year-old there, and everyone else was more or less an adult, so no one really cared about these things.
Little Mister in the hat, directing things
We had a beautiful day, a convenient playground, grassy space and dry creek bed for exploring, great company, plenty of food. Party success!
Of course, we did briefly think we had lost LM, so there was also a slight spice of panic to liven things up. As you can see from the above picture, some of our guests kindly went with LM to watch him and play with him while Charles and I got to visit with others, and I got so used to it that I just assumed someone was always with him and stopped really thinking about it, other than to check every few minutes. And at one of those checks, I couldn’t see him and had no idea where he was or who he was with.
But then we realized that one of the adults was also missing and after a couple seconds could see that they were together, so relief set in. But there was that quick stopping of the heart to make things interesting.
Seriously, though, we had a good time, Little Mister seemed to have a good time, and hopefully our guests had a good time, too. Next year, it might be a little crazier, but our boy’s worth it.