After watching all the confetti that was released when the Seahawks won the Superbowl (Go Hawks!) Ellie decided she needed a similar treatment for her birthday and went about making her own confetti. She worked on it for days and had it all worked out when it would get tossed (right before cake).
The morning of Ellie’s birthday, as is tradition in our house, we woke Ellie up with singing and a treat. This was made a little more difficult in that Ellie had crawled into bed with us sometime during the night, then was really grumbly when Jeff and I got out of bed to go get the treat and light the candle. Of course, once she realized what we were up to it was all good.
We took Ellie in late to school so we could swing by the bakery and pick up cupcakes for her to bring in to class. We were a little worried that half her class would be out with the “Blue Flu” that day (that’s what folks were calling it who planned to ditch school or work in favor of going to the Seahawks victory parade), but as it turned out only 2 or 3 kids weren’t there. When we got to school, Ainsley was waiting for her with a muffin with six candles in it. We couldn’t light the candles (school policy), but they were festive and it thrilled Ellie to have a special treat. She had a great day at school and enjoyed all the attention.
Usually, Ellie goes to the after school program until we can pick her up after work, but since this was a special occasion, we picked her up early. We came home, ordered a pizza, opened presents and ate cake and then…we introduced Ellie to Star Wars. We’d been waiting to let her see it until she was “older” but Jeff was chomping at the bit to show it to her, and when we suggested it, she was SO excited. She’s known the story for ages, and plays Star Wars with her friends, so was thrilled to finally (at the ripe old age of 6) see it.
As it happens we completely forgot about the confetti during cake and movie, but thankfully I remembered at bedtime.
On the weekend, we had a party with her friends. She decided she wanted a small group of her girl friends (Ainsley, Kelly, Emma)
to go to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. And, thankfully, all the friends’ parents were willing to make the drive.
As a gift for Ellie, we arranged to have an up close and personal visit with Petunia, a hedgehog. One of the staff biologists came and talked with us for about 20 minutes about hedgehogs then each of us got to pet her. She was so cute and the girls really seemed to enjoy the visit.
How could you not love this face?
Afterward we went to a local shop for cupcakes, and ice cream and presents.
It was a great day.