…along with traditional big hugs.
I love the story behind those…she had been asking and asking for an iPod touch…wanted so much to get into that social media stuff that some of her friends are into. But after a day with some friends who just played and the park where they filled their hair with the grass they picked and played tag and rode their bikes around she came home with the biggest smile. That night she tugged on my sleeve and told me she decided she didn’t want an iPod touch after all…she wanted rollerblades.
And that’s a good thing because she wasn’t getting an iPod touch anyway 🙂 The older I get the less I am willing to let my kids get into the social media scene too early. Stay young! Let the wind play with your hair and explore! That’s what I have to say about that in this stage of life. And I’m so glad Claire was on the same page without me even having to drag her there 😉
Grace, true to form, made sure Claire got our traditional b-day stuff…streamers hanging down from her door and the good ol’ candy bar poster. Grace needs to be a birthday planner some day, because she sure has a talent for knowing how to make people happy. Love that girl.
Dave and I both stole Claire from school for a little lunch date we didn’t get a picture of.
And then Josh came over to give her a little rollerblade lesson after school.
We had cake and ice cream…
…and watched a movie and did little pedicures (which I also didn’t snap a pic. of, dang it!). Her cute cousin came over to drop by a gift too (love you AJ!).
Nana (Dave’s mom) was in charge of the chocolate-dipped fortune cookie decorating station.
Grace was in charge of the Chinese counting station where she taught each group to count to ten in Chinese and then they timed each other to see how fast they could do it. And who wouldn’t want to learn from that great animated girl right there?
My brother was in charge of the ancient (and sometimes modern) Chinese heavy load carrying station where they timed how fast they could carry that load back and forth.
Some loved them, some didn’t so much 😉
(We started out with White Rabbit candies that you eat with the rice-paper wrappers on, moved on to seaweed which some kids fell in love with, to wasabi peas “hot,” and little dried fish on a stick and fried anchovies…all typical things Claire’s friends brought to lunch in China. Some were licked clean and others had some pretty funny faces made in trying them!)
Cake. That’s supposed to be red, not peach, but you get the idea.
Loved that some of these girls came with chopstick buns (some lost their chopsticks by the end of the night though, darn it).
SO grateful for sweet Nana and Papa who came to help. Love them so.
…and grateful we get to live by these great cousins we love so much.
Love you Claire bear! Excited for your quiet birthday next year, but boy this was a fun one!