There were no inflatables. No pink flamingos in my yard. But there was a flaming donut. Did you know that 35 candles jammed into a raspberry filled donut can create an inferno?
There was a lot of yelling and laughing while the candles were being lit. Once Haley finally got them all lit the kids yelled, “Quick! Blow them out!!!!!!” Nathan was just sure that we were going to catch the donut box and the present, and possibly the whole table, on fire with that inferno. It took me two tries to blow it out. The first time I was surprised by how hot it was when I leaned down. By the time I took my second breath, there were children coming to help. They were pretty nervous.
As I was starting to open the present Haley told me, “This is for when we’re old.” Ok, now I’m a little nervous. It was a suitcase with wheels. We won’t have to wait for our luggage to grow wheels one day when we’re traveling.
Inside the suitcase were four individually wrapped presents. This set-up is looking very similar to what I did for Haley’s birthday last year.
I suddenly realized that pictures were being taken and I had a burp blanket over my shoulder. As I pulled it off Caleb walked behind me and I smacked him in the face. And somehow Nathan caught it on the camera…at least the before and after.
The first gift was a scarf for my head. Haley said she’s seen a lot of older women wearing them. It’ll be especially important if we’re going to drive a convertible. But I had to put it on just so.
The second gift made noise like a VHS cassette.
Sure enough, it was a video to teach me how to french braid. Unfortunately we don’t have a VHS player. Abbie was pretty bummed out about that. She’d love for me to learn how to braid her hair.
The third package instantly made me suspicious. It was like a soft, squishy log.
She re-gifted the jumper I gave her for her birthday. What is that all about?!!
The fourth package was, well…wonderful!
Somehow Nathan didn’t manage to get a picture of my shoes that wasn’t blurry…this is the best one. I’d mentioned to Haley several months ago, while we were shopping, that I’d like to have a pair of pink tennis shoes like this. Wow! She’s great!!
I also opened my gift from Mom Smith.
We were all surprised that it was an xBox 360. And she left the price tag on.
Inside was more pink. My very own tool kit. Abbie tried to put dibs on the level. She thought it was great! I told her to forget it…what if I need to level something?!
Jon brought home dinner, for me and him, from our favorite burger joint, Fat Burger. It was soooo good!
After dinner he went out to the garage and came in with this.
After some discussion he told us it was a bungee chair. When I first sat in it I thought it was going to sling me back out. It’s very springy.
He went out again and came in with a black metal Eiffel Tower clock. We used the new tool kit (Nathan actually used my pink hammer) to hang the clock on the wall.
I LOVE it!
All in all, it was a very good birthday!