C turned 8 this past weekend, and it involved a boatload of presents, dizzying amount of sugar, and a lot of helium.
First up, the grandparents arrived to help with all the festivities. Friday morning found me at the local doughnut shop at 8 am buying 2 dozen doughnuts to bring to school. Friday afternoon found us with the six leftover doughnuts (I thought they would distribute extras to the office staff!) Friday evening we had the neighborhood kids over for cupcakes and a pinata. I found a sweet pinata online that held about 8 lbs. worth of candy and toys…
A big old number 8! In counting how many doughnuts to order, I added up all the kids coming, all the kids who might come, all their parents who might accompany them, and then a few extra for padding…which meant that I ordered 30 cupcakes. Um, yeah. Even after sending people home with as many extras as I could, our baked goods stash was steadily growing!
Saturday was the birthday proper and the day of her “real” party as well—girl friends only, mostly from school. The party had a fairy theme and included huge helium balloons I found online (argh! No photos of those—will try to remedy before they lose all the helium!), a hanging fairy constructed by C and Grandpa, huge tissue paper balls, and an amazing cake made by a friend who is a semi-professional baker.
We kicked things off with a puppeteer who did a marionette performance of Cinderella.
(For the show of course she was hidden, this is afterwards when she came out to answer the kids questions.) All the girls, M included, seemed enraptured during the show and didn’t even fidget much during scenery changes. Afterwards, a puppet came out to sing to C and give her a big hug.
Scene change to the kitchen for strawberries, cider, pizza, and then the piece de resistance, that cake. Someone (ahem) forgot to buy candles, so she just blew out one but there wasn’t too much fussing about that!
C, of course, is wearing her own interpretation of fairy. M was in on that act as well.
After that, there was about 10 minutes of girls running around and screaming until we settled down to open presents. Let’s just say, we will be writing a lot of thank you notes this week!
Once the kids all left (6:30ish) C did her first round of family present opening. She finished on Sunday afternoon (we all went to an amazing production of Harold and the Purple Crayon in the morning), including a tiny violin for her American Girl dolls. M quite liked this gift.
Have I mentioned that C started violin classes about a month ago? It was her decision and she has been pretty good about practicing every day. M is burning with jealousy I think.
So…this one is eight now. Reads whole chapter books in one sitting, makes craft after craft, and gets glowing reports from school about everything except workspace tidiness [sorry kid, that one might be genetic!] Despite some recent attitude (can rolling eyes freeze that way??) she is a pretty wonderful girl and we are thrilled daily to have her in our life.
Now…to finish our family themed costumes for Halloween and attend the two pumpkin carving parties, two costume parties, and trick or treating. Can you say “looking forward to November”?? But hopefully I will get some good pictures to share!