Tuesday, January 22, 2013

a party for mckenna.

For McKenna's special day she wanted to keep her party small and intimate, which is not typical McKenna behavior, but one that any parent can support.  :)  When we moved, McKenna was welcomed by two girls who have been so sweet and inviting.  They have shown her the ropes and introduced her to new friends, they are interested in the same things as McKenna, and they are really good students too - the kind of friends you hope your child makes in school.  We feel so blessed.

McKenna started her slumber party with a swim at the rec. center and she chose to have her dinner at Chuck E. Cheese {of all places}.  If you haven't reached that stage of "older children" in your life yet, never fret, that day will come, when you sigh a big sigh of relief that you won't have to worry about anymore Chuck E. Cheese parties.  I had already sighed that sigh a few years ago, yet suddenly found myself eating from a salad bar, enjoying the loud Chuck E. tunes and sounds of happy children and overwhelmed children all mixed together in the wonderful way that gets your heart really going.  Like a panicked-i-am-going-to-die kind of way.  Oh the things we do for our children.  To be honest, it was fun.  Loud, but fun.  Crowded, but fun.  Who am I kidding?  I'm having heart palpitations just thinking about it.

One of the highlights of the party though, had to be the cake.  When we moved from Spokane {and all of the delicious foods we have ever known}, we were sad to lose our Baskin & Robbins Ice Cream.  Like really sad.  But when I learned that there actually was one just 35 minutes away from us, it felt like a small miracle.  So, of course, McKenna ordered her usual ice cream cake with mint chocolate chip.  And it was heavenly.  Like really heavenly.  

It was a great party, the first birthday party in our Pittsburgh home.  These little celebrations have a way of making us feel like we are really home now.  We aren't so new anymore.  We're not so lost anymore.  We have routines, we have favorite places.  That's all I could really hope for, for my birthday girl, that she loves her home.

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