Katie's 4th birthday party was on Sunday, and before I give you the synopsis I would like for you to stop for one moment and admire the monkey-themed cakery:
You know those monkey cupcakes are cute. They actually don't taste that good. Something about the combination of mints and Nutter Butters.
We invited two families from the neighborhood who are close friends of ours. Between our three families, we have a total of eleven children, and all of my kids have more than one cohort in the group who is in their same age/gender/activity/class at school/BFF of the day. Our children have become interchangeable with one another, and I am really thankful for it. These are the people I call when I have a dentist appointment, or when I need a haircut. They are the emergency contacts on my registration forms. They are huge blessings to me.
Anyway, back to the party. We cooked out burgers and hot dogs, and by we I mean Greg. I supplied the chips and various flavors of dip, and obligatory vegetable and fruit trays that no one wants to eat. Here's what they really wanted:From the looks of it, I guess the mint and peanut butter combo didn't seem to gross her out too much.This is Grace and her two little best friends.
Katie was adorable opening her presents. She was genuinely thrilled with each one, and even held each gift aloft and did a little victory lap so everyone could see. It was really sweet.
We also had a non-violent pinata, because we are a peaceful people. Katie cracked it on the first try. Then the children were forced to forage through the mud for clearance Easter candy, which had been purchased for a mere 25% of the original price, because I'm cheap like that.
There was a rare sighting of my face without a camera in front of it.
I had planned some fun party games, but the kids ended up just playing together in the back yard while the adults sat around in lawn chairs and talked until it was time for bed, and party games can't improve on that. I thought it was a really good time.
I think Katie thought so too.
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