it was getting too long and I nearly fell asleep writing it so I’ll space this out a bit 😉
This past Saturday we celebrated Monkey’s 5th birthday! His birthday isn’t until Friday but this was the weekend that worked for the most people so we decided to celebrate early. He totally makes out because he gets presents from us twice, lol. We’re saving the big one for Friday…hopefully Duhdee finishes the preparations.
Last week was a blur. We had to pick up a lot of odds and ends for the party, we had to pick up some gifts, we had to order a cake. 3 out of 4 years we went to the grocery store bakery and had them put a cake together, last year we made one at home…this year Duhdee decided he wanted a really cool cake. We’ve decided that if we’re only going to experience this (raising a child) once then we’re going to make sure we all enjoy ourselves. The cake was a custom order from a nifty bakery in Belmont called Yum Bunnies. It was perfect. Duhdee told them we wanted a cake with tools, both power tools and hand tools were fine, with accents of yellow and red.
We loved it! It looked great and it was very tasty. Each year we seem to get stuck with more cake than we know what to do with but this one was *gone* by the end of the party. Monkey loved it too. He saw it on Friday, when they picked it up, and as soon as they got into the truck he started saying “Tools!” We had a very challenging time keeping his fingers out of it but we managed to do so long enough for everyone to get a peek and for people to take a few pictures…then his finger landed in the frosting.
Before we had the cake however we were all just socializing. There were 22 of us altogether and we can be a noisy bunch! Monkey circulated well. He played both inside and out, snacked on chips, drank out of his OWN glass (and not just out of any glass he could find) once I showed him it had his name on it, and snuck up on Papa (my maternal grandfather) 3 times to shake his hand! It was so nice that Duhdee and I could both relax and not have to tag team to keep track of him. None of this is in the category of “OMG” but it was a nice collection of new little abilities that made the day so much nicer.
So, when the time came for the cake I took Monkey aside on the deck (which was the quietest location I could find given the number of people in the house and the size of the sound system my cousin had set up in the backyard) and we had a little pep talk. I got down on his level and told him we were going to sing “Happy Birthday” to him, then he was going to blow out the candles on his cake and then he could eat his “tool” cake. Then I asked him if it was OK for us to sing for him and he said “Yes.” I asked him if he wanted to blow out his candles and he said “Yes.” I asked him if he wanted to eat his tool cake and he said “YES!” Alrighty, let’s go! He sat down, I asked him again if it was OK for us to sing and he covered his ears and yelled “NOOOOO!” Everyone cracked up and no one minded skipping that part (we are horrid singers…every last one of us, lol.) He then blew out his candles and dove in.
After presents was more chatting. By the time the last guest left it was time for Duhdee and I to clean up and head out for our night out while Monkey stayed the night with Grammy and Grampa. When we said good-bye he practically shoved us out the door, lol.
Phew. Five hours of decorating, visiting, partying and cleaning and we were beat but our night was just starting!