Sunday, November 16, 2014

Secora's Birthday

Secora is still Secora.  Being around groups of people stresses her out and is not fun.  It's her birthday and it should be a fun day for her.  So we asked her what she wanted to do and quickly realized there's NOT really anything for her to do here in town.  Movies are too loud, arcades are too chaotic, ice skating is too different, it's too cold to be out at the park.  She said she either wanted to go to the zoo or the McKenna Children's Museum.  Because we were getting another big cold snap last week, we went with the children's museum.  We needed to make this work on a weekday because she would not have enjoyed it with a weekend crowd, so that was a little bit of trouble, but in the end it worked out.

So the morning of her birthday, we had donuts for breakfast, then loaded up for the long drive.  We stopped along the way for Chick-Fil-A, then we were there right after lunch.  She immediately took off to enjoy all the activities

On the way out, she got to spend some birthday money she'd gotten in the gift shop.  There's a pack of fancy notebooks she's been eyeing and as soon as she found out she could buy something, she went straight to them.  We had skipped afternoon snack and everyone was ready for dinner, so we stopped at Cracker Barrel, where she could have one of her favorite meals (pancakes with peaches).  We had brought her cake with us, but decided to just eat and have cake and presents when we got back home.   I told her we were going to be home after her bedtime and asked if she wanted to do that when we got home or just go to bed and do it first thing in the morning.  She told me, "well, I'm gonna rest and take a nap in the car, then we can have cake and presents when we get home".  Sure enough, she slept most of the way home and as soon as we hit town, she opened her eyes and blearily said, "I can't wait for cake and presents!"

The cake was definitely a cake wreck.  She wanted Daniel Tiger and Thomas on a cake.  I found myself decorating cake at 9pm on a Tuesday night and had the brilliant idea that I could just freehand Daniel and Thomas.  No, no I cannot.  Thankfully, she's only four, so her standards are pretty low and she was still thrilled. 

She let us sing the birthday song this year.  She really hates the birthday song, but she said we could whisper it (I think it helped that it was just us).  So we did, and she was happy and she blew out candles.
Or tried to blow out candles, anyway.  They weren't really cooperating.  At one point she just stopped trying and stared down that last candle like, "listen, I'm done with your **** and it's time to go out now".

Candles were quickly forgotten when it was time to open presents though.

She told us she wanted an elephant for her birthday.  A real one.  This was the best we could manage

Dum-dums!  She loves suckers.  Josh decided she needed a bag of 300 dum-dums.
Her aunt and uncle got her a toddler sized bistro table, which she wanted to set up immediately and eat cake at.  So that's just what we did. 
After a very long day and staying up hours past bedtime, I figured she'd sleep in the next morning.  Of course not!  We had cleaned up all the birthday mayhem, so she was up at 7am asking us where her presents were so she could start playing.  She had lots of fun.  She's already told me four is so much fun that she's going to miss it when she has a birthday again.  Now she's moved on to asking us every morning if it's Christmas yet, bring on the holidays!

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