Tinkerbell Mushroom climbed into bed first, shortly followed by The Gymnast.
It was early.
"Can I wake the others yet?" said Tinkerbell Mushroom?
"No" we said "hang on a bit".
We have a tradition in our house where everyone waits for everyone else before they open any birthday presents. It's slightly incovenient at times: when one of them is in Germany or France or the moon or somewhere, as has happened of late, so we do compromise a bit........... All those in the house have to be present for the presents, if you get the gist.
Eventually we agreed that they could go and trample on the beds of the older three and start the day..................
Whether it was the fact that ESOS had managed to tangle up the new extra long (who's clever marketing idea was that??!!)slinky, or the fact that ED wanted to untangle it more than anything else, especially more than move anything from the stairs, or the fact that the walkie talkies that we had bought didn't seem to work, or that the fact that the stuff that had been on the stairs for days STILL hadn't been moved three minutes before the party, I'm not sure, but it did result in the usual birthday strife. That is usual for us - but perhaps you all have very calm birthdays..........
Ironically Tinkerbell Mushroom seemed oblivious to the undertones and overtones around the house, and didn't think anything of her mother grabbing a glass of wine with the first guest that arrived at 12 0'clock.
After that things did seem to settle down. We had only invited three guests (which proved to be a VERY good idea) and we kept it all very simple.
I got all the children working to make a lunch of homemade pizzas, and then later we went to the cinema to see "Meet the Robinsons", which brought a tear to my eye at the end......................
So, apart from the fact that the walkie talkies are a disaster, the slinky has a serious bend in the middle and Eldest Daughter and ESOS are still not really talking to one another, it was a great party, a great film and a very happy seven year old!
Sally's writing is about being a mother of five, now all too grown up, children, (four girls, one boy) a husband, a dog, and a serious ambition to be a mortgage free and famous actress, voice over artist, broadcaster, writer and teacher.
The "Cast" List for the blog includes:
Hubby - Her husband,
ED - Eldest Daughter,
ESOS - Eldest son only son,
Sensible - Second daughter,
Gymnast - Third daughter,
Tinkerbell Mushroom - Youngest daughter and youngest child,
Mad Dog - AKA Lucy - the border collie.
Guest appearances by MIL (mother in law), parents, two brothers, inlaws, nephews, nieces and great nephew.