When my Mother in Law asked me if I’d like her to host a first birthday party for the twins my response was an immediate “YES”. This response is part of my new habit of trying not to bite off more than I can chew and then feeling crappy about everything because I never quite get to complete things with ample time to plan and see them through. When Sue asked me who I wanted to be there the response was easy “just the family”.
So that is what we did on Saturday. We went to Grandma’s house for a birthday party. I got to take part in the actual party side of it because I wasn’t out in the kitchen or rushing around making sure that everyone was OK. Robert and I sat with our kids on our laps and opened their presents with them. It was a very special time and I know in the deepest part of my heart that I will be forever grateful that someone else hosted their first party because I didn’t miss a moment of it due to being the hostess. A true Celebration, which is, as you know, my Word of the Year for 2011.
Nye sat on my lap for a bit and we opened her cards first.
She’ll learn to appreciate cards over time I think. Right now, as she can’t read, they don’t mean a great deal so we had to move swiftly on to presents.
Which she took much more of an interest in. It would seem that she shares a Love Language with her Mother!
Especially when it comes to clothes!
That’s my girl.
Ned was a bit more laid back about the whole affair. He only really gets going when he finds something that fascinates him. If he does he stays content for hours….and I mean hours. Literally, a whole day will go by and he will stick with one toy, especially if it has wheels.
Which this toy did.
Bye bye Ned, see you soon……….I hope.
It was a day that was very similar to the parties we used to have at my Nana’s when all of my cousins would come. We’d run off for the day, make up plays that we’d show to the adults, and then head home with a belly far too full of jelly and ice-cream.
I’m very glad that our kids will get to experience that sort of day with their family and extended family too. As life unfolds before mine and my husband’s eyes I think we are both currently hanging on to what is good and true. Life does that to people from time to time. In the form of a shock piece of news or something that makes you desperately sad. The situation you find yourself in forces you to throw yourself in to life in a way that you knew to be right but you never really bothered pursuing. Take it from me, we’re currently pursuing those gorgeous, small, wonderful moments that come from a day on the grass at grandma’s.
Robert the Husband and my Dad put up the children’s birthday gift from Grandma. We joked that my Dad never goes anywhere without his tool kit. This is probably true, handy, and very true.
While they built, the rest of us, about twelve people in all, hung out. The adults ran barefoot on the grass chasing the kids who screamed and yelled and hollered in a way that can only be done when in the garden. My kids looked up at their cousins and it won’t be long before they too are on their feet and joining them in the frantic games of chase! But for now I’m happy to have either of them climbing all over me if it means they won’t eat the soil. They always head for the dirt, what is it with that?
Finally the gift was assembled and my children took their seats in their first swing set.
The sensation that swinging creates was clearly one that Anaïs took to straight away. We swung them gently to begin with…….
And then they picked up speed. Ned LOVED it. He whooped and giggled and tried to swing the seat HIMSELF when it slowed down even a little bit.
I think her face says it all really. I lifted her from her swing and we walked back up to the house. I began to tell her about all of the lovely summery outfits that she had been bought by so many very kind people. She looked at me and then nuzzled in to my neck.
She was happy.
And therefore, I was happy.
Thank you so much for reading today and thank you also for the birthday wishes on Friday. My kids will read them themselves one day. How great is that??
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