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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Happy Birthday

It's Mstr A's birthday today. He's 6 years old! I can't believe it's been 6 years!

Happy Birthday Mstr A

We had his birthday party yesterday, because Saturday's are easier for visiting relatives, and because there are two other children in his class who have birthdays within the next couple of days, so we try to arrange the parties around each other. Not that he was invited to either of theirs this year:-( But still.....

He had a bowling party. It's what he really wanted. I was a bit dubious about a bunch of 5 and 6 year old boys having a bowiling party, but I was even more dubious about having it at home again after last years debacle: We've always had his parties at home, in the garden previously. we have a big garden, with loads of toys, and in mid-august, the kids would play with water, run around, climb on the climbing frame, eat rubbish, play two or three party games and go home, leaving us adults the evening to BBQ, drink & chat. Last year I had 12 4 and 5 year old boys turn up expecting the same, and it rained all day. It poured down, in fact, it fell down in massive sheets of water. So I ended up having a dozen excited 5 year old boys rampaging through my house for three hours. I swore that I would never have his party at home, ever again:-)

So, we went bowling. Much to my surprise, it was a big success. Most of them hadn't bowled before, but they soon got the hang of it. With bumbers up, and Pixar bowling balls, they all hit something most attempts, and that's all that mattered! the staff were pretty good, and gave us a full hour's bowling, even though we started late:-) The kids were all fed, and recieved party bags and balloons, and Mstr A got a Crazy Frog soft toy as a present, and I didn't have to do anything other than bring a cake - nothing got damaged, ormeswed up, and I didn't have to tidy the house before or after:-)

The only problem arose right at the end, when one child was still there 20 minutes after the party was finished! He only lives a few houses away from us, but I was in a bit of a quandry about what to do. Should I wait there forever in the hope that dad was running down the road towrds us? Or should I take him home in case mum was wondering what had happened to him? At 25 past, I plumped for no.2 and started walking him home. It's about a 15 min walk with the kids. We met mum just as we turned into our road - she had been called by a frantic dad who had just arrived at the bowling alley! Fortunately, mum was quite happy, and said it might teach dad to stick to times in future;-) But it was a bit stressful!

Couisin G has been visiting all weekend too - she came with grandma (my mother) not her mum, and although she has stayed the occasional night with grandparents, this is the first time she's properly stayed away from home on her own so we were a bit unsure how well it would go. Fortunately, she has been absolutely fine:-) She and LMB have just dissapeared off into LMB's bedroom and played all day quite happily:-) It's actually been easier having her here than normal! And three year olds do say the funniest things to each other!

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