Phew. We've been busier than one-armed paperhangers around here.
Last week was school vacation. The Peanut's birthday fell on a weekday, and we had her party on the weekend. I made a small cake for her birthday, and a giant cake for her party. She requested a "sunshine party, with a yellow cake with yellow icing and an orange sun and a big orange 6!" Okey dokey -- as long as she keeps the frosting colors down to two, I can manage. Shopping for presents was also fairly easy, as she'd written up a wish list which included things like a "real purse," and a Zhu Zhu pet (= a battery operated hamster-looking thing that scoots around and makes noises. Definitely a playroom-only toy, and knowing how to make it "sleep" is key). I also got her a cute little watch. The Bean got one on her 6th; it just seems like the right year for it. So, we got presents, party supplies, favors -- all manner of errands got run.
On her birthday itself we went to the public library to get her very own library card. All our library staff are great, and the children's librarian is exceptional. "No, no, Peanut, you have to be six," he told her. "I AM SIX!" she said. "Oh, well, then, you have to come in with your Mom or Dad." "MY MOMMY'S RIGHT HERE!" "Oh, but you have to know how to spell your name... " etc., until eventually she'd proven herself worthy and was presented with her very own wallet-sized card which she had to sign, and a little globe keychain to attach the smaller card to. She was fit to burst with pride from the whole transaction. Have I mentioned how much I love our library?
What else? We had picnics at playgrounds and beaches, and Mr. Sandy took a day off to join us on a trip out to Race Point to look for whales from the beach. We had a wonderful time but didn't see any whales. I still think they were probably all breaching and dancing on their tailfins just around the corner from us.
So it went... and now we are back to our regularly scheduled routine, which is always a pleasure in itself. Next stop, summer vacation!