Well the first party was mostly boys. Balloon fighting, sword fighting, wrestling... So, balance in all things - this time we had a tea party!
For lunch, at Riley's request, we had pig-in-a-blankets, strawberries and grapes, and pirates booty. I snuck in carrots but no one cared. Because no one ate them.
I forgot we didn't have a tea kettle for this tea party, but the girls were fine with the miniature pitchers I set out - they still got to pour their own drinks. It's amazing what a little autonomy will do for a child - I refilled those pitchers over and over because they kept swilling so they could keep pouring.
Shockingly, they restrained themselves from cake till after lunch was finished and Riley blew out her candles. Everyone is so well behaved at tea parties! I told them we have to be refined and use very nice manners and that set off about five minutes of complimenting each other on a range of topics. Hair. Smell. Crown beauty...
That evening we switched gears and had Dave's celebratory Father's Day dinner as he was going out of town for actual Father's Day. Sigh. I know! But job interviews must be had! Luckily, I sneaked a video of Riley's primary performance at church for him. Your kids singing in church is something of a life hi-light to me - cuteness at it's finest! So what the heck; here ya' go:
Well, Riley, I hope you had a good day. I would never have thought that hosting a bunch of little kids for hours at a time would be fun, but I kind of had a blast! Seeing your child so excited and happy makes everything worth it. Plus little ones say the darndest things - they crack me up! Things like, "You can't fall in love with your cousin." "I just want the gummi bear song for my birs-daaay. (Joe)" "I'm four now and I need some privacy." You never know what they're going to say next! Riley is so smart and creative and surprises me every day with some new thing. Just a new story or song or observation. Or artwork. Behold our wall today:
Now why do I feel like the guilty one now??? Being a mom is weird sometimes. Suddenly I want to paper the walls with blue roses. I won't. I'll buy a magic eraser and get rid of the ones we have, but if we weren't renting and about to move out I'd totally keep them. Riley's imagination is just too charming!
Ok, one last thing and then it's to bed. I was not a patient mommy tonight and I need some beauty rest! But here is Riley and Joe, in their new birthday superhero jammies, playing on their make-shift "slide." That's it - I'm getting rid of all our toys! Who needs em!