In an effort to save time, Pat and I threw up a few crepe paper streamers and spots of colored helium balloons here and there the night before Devi's birthday party. Who knew it would have such an impact on our birthday girl when she awoke? After a restful night dreaming piggy dreams (dreams dependent on animal featured on jammies), Devi rubbed and rubbed her Mr. Sand Man filled eyes revealing a magical party scene that wasn't there when she drifted off the night before. "Oooo...Pretty! Balloon's everywhere!" she exclaimed. It was precious.
Devi's only request for the day was to sing, so surrounded by seventeen family members and a couple of friends, we managed to oblige her with four robust rounds of "If You're Happy and You Know It". I think we were pretty convincing because she was delighted and beamed from ear to ear. A pro at nearly 7 years of age, Devi's cousin Jake helped her open her presents...his style being a little more energetic than hers...they managed to get the job done. Party hats positioned atop our heads, we belted out the birthday song, another of Devi's favorites and she heaved a huge BLOW...something she has been practicing for weeks for this big day. When asked her age, she held up a crumpled jumble of fingers, pinky crossed over the ring finger somehow and announced "TWO!". Everyone stayed for pizza and we all played with tea sets, stuffed animals and veterinarian utensils. It was a great day. She was very polite with pleases and thank yous all in the right spots...so grown up!! *sniff, sniff*
I baked and decorated 60 Elmo mini cupcakes (demented, I know) so that Devi could take some to daycare on Friday and some to Kindermusik on Saturday to share with her friends. I stored them in a tuperware container out in our garage thinking it would be nice and cool. Friday's Elmo's seemed fine and made their trek to daycare only to be eaten by small children in love with the red furry creature and with smiles on all their cute kid faces, promptly became hyped on sugar. Exactly the point, right? The next day, as I opened the tuperware container to tray the remaining Elmo's for Kindermusik, however, the shortening in the frosting had melted!! All those poor Elmo's were in various stages of losing their little faces off the edges on the soft cakes, oozing down the sides of the ridged baking papers and puddling on the bottom. Elmo botox gone bad!!! I still can't explain what happened, but we managed to swing by the grocery store and were bailed out by a box of gingerbread men, eager to help!!
Great Aunt Rose, now deceased, whom Devi gets one of her middle names from, embroidered this quilt in the 1950's or so. Aunt Rose's niece recently gifted it to Devi. The big box arrived with a sweet note explaining it's significance and is a true treasure to all of us. Devi is quite proud of it and will one day enjoy it on a big girl bed...although we are not giving up the crib until we absolutely have too :) CONTAINMENT!!
Our kitchen became a three ring circus on Veteran's day. I took the day from work so that we could mix all of our Christmas cookies. We freezed the dough for easy baking when we return from Mexico at the end of the month. I had the great plan to put Devi in the hip sling so we both would have our arms free. The girl has a very large arm span, I soon learned :) We made one bodacious mess and had a grand time doing it. Minus a spatula, as it now as a 2 year old sized bite out of it, the mixing managed to get done and with a 21 pound child on my hip all day it was a great workout for me!! No guarantee on the cookies...absolutely no idea if they received their proper ingredients :)
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