Last Friday, a good friend took me to a lovely tea room for lunch. When I got home, gorgeous yellow roses--equal in number to my age--were waiting for me on the front step, sent by another friend. In the evening, my husband and I went out to dinner, just the two of us.
Saturday morning, my husband's parents took us out for breakfast. Then, in the evening, we met my mother, sister, and brother-in-law for pizza.
I felt duly celebrated.
So, imagine my shock when I walked into the house on Saturday night, and twenty-some friends yelled, "Surprise." My wonderful husband managed to contact friends, bring in balloons, cake, punch, and sorbet all without tipping his hand. (He had a couple of fairies who helped him while we were at dinner.)
On Sunday, we traveled to Mrs. K's Toll House in Silver Spring, Maryland for a birthday brunch with two of our children, their spouses, and two grandchildren. We were picking up our little faerie to bring home with us for a few days.
From Sunday night until yesterday, our ballerina kept us busy, or did we keep her busy?
On Monday, we swam, had a picnic, and walked down the road to a farm where she greeted the horses and then played in the playhouse.
On Tuesday, Pop-pop and Gigi took the little miss to Dutch Wonderland, an amusement park for very young children.
She rode the panda bear and carousel all by herself.
On her favorite ride, the Frog Hopper, she was joined by Pop-pop.
On Wednesday, our darling had her first steam-engine train ride on the historic Strasbourg Railroad.Between activities, Gigi put together puzzles, blew bubbles, read books, and pushed swings.
When we put our little dolly to bed on Wednesday night, she put one arm around Pop-pop and her other arm around me and prayed for each of us. We were puddles on the carpet by the time she finished!
Bright and early Thursday morning, one very tired Gigi drove the sweetest two-and-a-half-year-old-in-the-world to meet her mama and baby brother.
Who could ever ask for a better week-long birthday bash?