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> Sunday, January-27-2008

The Birthday Party

Well, it's hard to believe it's already nearly a month since I last posted!  :o  Time has very little meaning with two little ones and after falling off the world, it's quite a scramble to get back on. When I look back over my post and my plans for the year so far, they don't quite co-ordinate just yet: the diet has gone awry (already!) so I still look like a fat blimp, my daughter still does not sleep through the night (and is hearing a range of vocabulary that someone so young should not really be privy to!), and my friend - yes the one from Benalmadena - has yet to find true love.

On a positive note, despite a stressful start, the party for my daughter's 2nd birthday went extremely well, albeit with a little (lot) of help from the mother-in-law. Yes, she actually came to the rescue there which caught me off-guard, but nicely so :-) I managed to cook every single item offered (quite a feat and took me until 5am the night before!) and there wasn't a scrap of food left afterwards, so I'm pretty sure that everyone got their fair fill. I had made a selection of different sandwiches, a zucchini pie (wonderful recipe), mini pizzas, chicken burgers, homemade jelly, chocolate marshmallow slice, a massive plate of vegetables (celery, carrot, and cucumber sticks) with avocado and yogurt dips, and of course, the cake, which was an owl - my daughter's favourite animal (she has a toy owl she takes to bed with her call Twoo Twoo) flavoured chocolate and orange on a nest of chocolate orange sticks. It wasn't a masterpiece, but tasted great! So I was very proud of myself actually. Most people these days just order everything or hold parties at centres. We didn't. We had it at home. My daughter got right into the opening of presents too :-) and as soon as someone arrived with a bag, she dived for it, opening it with passion and tossing the card aside as something completely unimportant!

I had expected her to get really grumpy by the end of the night, but no, she was fine, and apart from putting her to bed without her bath/shower as it was quite a bit later than her normal bedtime, everything else went off without a hitch. Our other daughter (8 1/2 months) was very good too.

So a big pat on the back for me! Next one due for the other little girl in May. By then it will be my 3rd party and I'll be a seasoned hand at it! ;-)


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