Scoring Big

To conclude the birthday week festivities, we had a small party for Piper yesterday morning at the park. It was a breakfast picnic. She invited a few friends from her class. It was blazing hot. We brought watermelon, water balloons, and iced water. There were bubble wands and beach balls. It was just the right size. Alex and Andrew, Piper’s best buddies, were there with competing Lalaloopsy presents. It was an impressive match. Alex won be sheer volume, but Andrew surged ahead when the Lalaloopsy tattoos were revealed. There was a hush among the other six children gathered and then a “Whoa!” The tats were a huge hit. Piper’s Daddy leaned over to Andrew to congratulate him. “Nice. You scored big with Piper,” he said.

Andrew swaggered away to the swing set and called over his shoulder, “I always score big with Piper.”

Put Another Dime in the Jukebox, Baby

In two weeks Piper will turn 5. It feels very big. Yesterday I was pregnant with her. Today she walked in to her room, took off her pajamas, put them in the dirty laundry, dressed herself, and brushed her own teeth. How did that happen? Piper’s birthday wish list seems to be growing by the minute. She’s gotten the idea that your birthday is a magical moment where all of your dreams come true. Here are a few of my marching orders:

1. A turtle birthday party (whatever that means)

2. A breakfast picnic at the park (this I can do) with water balloons (for sure)

3. All of the American Girls (not a chance)

4. A drum set (Lord, help us all)

5. A beach ball for every single friend at her party (a definite yes)

6. Vegan muffins for her playmates with dairy allergies (works perfect for the breakfast picnic)

7. Every single cheap plastic toy at Toys R Us (umm…no)

8. An all-expense paid trip to Build-A-Bear (not likely)

9. A tambourine (to got with the drums, of course)

10. Bongos (I’m sensing a theme)

There will be a breakfast picnic party at the park across the street from our house. It will be simple and fun. We’ll throw water balloons at each other. We’ll eat muffins and watermelon. We’ll toss around beach balls because beach balls make everything fun. The kids will play. Piper will feel special. It’s enough. There will be presents, a few anyway, and there will probably be a very noisy, musical house afterwards. I’m ordering multiple sets of ear plugs right now. You might want to, too.

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No Ducks Were Harmed in the Writing of This

Sissy’s birthday extravaganza seems to be coming to an end.  There was the party, the cupcakes, the breakfast in bed. (You can catch up here if you missed it: Breakfast in Bed and Double Digits or Breakfast in Bed Update) Sissy has moved on to the thank you note part.

And her thank you notes come with personalized book marks made out of…you guessed it: duck tape. No feathers included.