Following their cousins’ example, Jack and Gabriel decided they wanted to have their party at the park near our home. I have decided there are pluses and minuses to such an arrangement. On the plus side, I don’t have to clean my house (though in all honesty, it is family and friends like family that attend our birthday parties and I don’t clean much for them anyway. They graciously take us, and the house, as it is). The down side is that it is possible to be late to your own party.
I had managed a few years ago to make a Death Star piñata for Isaac and Stephen and this time Jack and Gabriel felt they should have a piñata also. For future reference to anyone trying to make a piñata, two days is not enough time for a piñata to properly dry. We put together a beautiful looking King Pig and filled him with candy. Once he was filled however, he was too heavy and too soft for the string to hold him and it tore right through. I sent Adam and the boys on ahead and did a quick repair job. Since he couldn’t be hung I had less than five minutes to come up with a new plan. I grabbed Sebastian’s t-balls that he got for his birthday and decided we’d just have to throw balls at the pig instead of hitting it with a stick. It proved challenging enough.
The sky grew stormy. We had just enough time to eat some cake and break the piñata. As soon as we started to open presents the sky opened up and down came the rain. We quickly headed to cars and made an abrupt end to the party. They opened their presents after we got home.
I celebrated my birthday a bit early. Adam got me tickets to a performance of Les Miserables and I went with my mother-in-law. I have seen the show three times now, but I never get tired of it. It was my mother-in-law’s first time to see it and I was glad to be able to share it. Adam and the boys also picked out a new picture for me, which now hangs in the hallway.