Birthday Fun

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It almost always happens that the weeks just before and after my birthday are full of fun and social activity. Fact is most of the time I am a bit of a homebody focused more on family and home, but come July something happens to me and I accept any and every opportunity to party with friends.

The first awesome party was a garden party to celebrate the birthday of one of Piglet’s friends. We were very lucky that it didn’t rain. Both Snubnose and Piglet had a blast. I am so glad that Snubnose is still not old enough to stop enjoying kiddie parties!

To be honest there were enough activities to keep the older children occupied. Snubnose enjoyed bursting the water balloons…

Fun bursting water balloons

Fun bursting water balloons

…and monopolizing the time of the pottery dude. I was quite embarrassed when I saw the line of toddlers waiting in queue for a chance at the pottery while Snubnose finished and again went and stood at the back of the line for her next go. She was having such a nice time though that I didn’t have the heart to stop her. She did get a hard stop after her fourth clay pot though!

Working with clay. It took ages afterwards to get the brown out of her pretty white dress

Working with clay. It took ages afterwards to get the brown out of her pretty white dress

Snubnose is wearing the dress that I got her for her birthday and which I blogged about here. She loves it a lot and it’s become one of her favorites. All through the party I wondered if I would be able to get the mud stains out of the dress. Thankfully a lot of scrubbing and a little Vanish did the trick!

Snubnose made almost half the stuff in this collection

Snubnose made almost half the stuff in this photo

Piglet monopolized the scooties that were scattered around the garden. I had a hard time getting him to give it up when other children were queuing for a chance to ride them.

He refused to share scooty time with the others

He refused to share scooty time with the others

I tried to distract him with the bouncy castle, but he didn’t take to it for very long. I’ve realized that he doesn’t much like things that move – this includes rides, bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds.

Enjoying the bouncy castle

Enjoying the bouncy castle

Overall, both kids enjoyed the party to the limit. K and I had a great time too. Most of the moms are good friends and it was great catching up with all of them.

My own birthday celebration was far more low-key. I took Snubnose, Piglet, K, and my nephew for bowling and dinner. This was Snubnose’s first bowling session and I was surprised to see how quickly she took to it.

She needed some initial help from K with her form.

Getting a little help from her dad

Getting a little help from her dad

But once she got the hang of it, she was in top form beating her much older cousin hands down.

I often belittle Snubnose’s physical capabilities (in my mind, of course). This episode was a handy reminder that just because she’s not good at the sports activities (football, basketball, and athletics) in school, it doesn’t mean that she will not enjoy other kinds of sports. Recently I showed her how to play foozball and was again pleasantly surprised at how good she was. She’s also developed a lot of flexibility recently and does some quite advanced yoga postures very well.

Anyway, back to the topic of birthday fun. The next weekend we went with friends to CounterCulture, and then, and if that isn’t enough, I am looking forward to the very adult alcoholic brunch that I am having with friends this weekend at Monkey Bar. Strictly no kids! And thankfully, I caught K in a good mood where he was ok to babysit while I am out having fun.

I am already salivating thinking of the cocktail pitchers and small plates ­čÖé .

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