Yesterday DQ had a birthday party to go to. Actually, let me back up. Two weeks ago TM had a birthday party. At this party, for a 5th birthday incidentally, there was a bounce castle, caricature artist, face painter, puppet and magic show AND massages for the parents. All in the backyard. I am so not kidding. DQ’s party was at a bowling alley, so not as extravagant but with her ENTIRE 1st grade class. There were thirty kids. I cannot compete with this. Because my kids are young, I am just beginning to experience the birthday party madness. When I was a kid (am I really so old to be telling “back in the day” stories?) a big birthday party was usually a pool/slumber party at whoever’s house, but I don’t think I ever went to one that the whole class was at. No bounce houses or face painters or magic shows and they were so much fun. DQ’s birthday party this year was the four of us going to the aquarium and out for dinner. We’ve had parties for her before, but with no more than 5 friends. Maybe it’s me, but these huge massive parties with huge massive budgets are begging for discontented kids. How do you top that year after year? Also, if you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you know that I did not carry a great deal of love for our previous city of residence. Well, DQ’s party was in said city. I was not within city limits for more than 5 minutes before I was honked at, flipped off, nearly run over and yelled at. It was like a big giant “welcome back” party for me. I called Pip and told him how I had forgotten how much I deeply cared for and missed our previous city. He laughed. Makes you grateful for the present.
I also made some cupcakes yesterday for our school’s bake sale. I really love baking, so this was fun. I made Gingerbread cupcakes with lemon royal icing. The recipe is Nigella Lawson’s from “How to be a Domestic Goddess”. Though the recipe contains all manner of evil, it is sooooo good. For the test cake I made during the week, I used the icing recipe in the book, but for the cupcakes I used royal icing because it holds up better. Seriously, if you are at all partial to gingerbread (or even if you’re not) you should try this cake.
And, just so I can write it, THE SOD IS BEING INSTALLED AS I TYPE!!!!!!!! Pictures soon. 🙂