31 October 2011

V's 7th birthday/ Halloween

Unfortunately, I know all too well what it's like to have your birthday lumped in with a holiday. Fortunately for me, my birthday is 8 days before Christmas, and it's not Christmas Eve. But luckily for Vaughn, her birthday precedes Halloween, not Christmas. Touche. Anyway, we try to make them both special and the reality is that they are intertwined for life so we might as well come to terms with it!

First was Fletcher's Halloween parade at school. I find this very interesting because Milla's school absolutely won't allow Halloween celebrations and Vaughn's school tries really hard to focus on something else ("Camp Read-a-Lot," which celebrates your favorite book, whatever it might be) because they know it's hard to escape the excitement. Fletcher's embraces it. And they are some really cute two-year-olds, you know ...

Next was Vaughn's birthday party: we had 4 girls over here, plus Milla, which was 6 girls total, and they ate pizza and cake, played and colored. They put their pajamas on at one point as a shout-out to the would-be slumber party I wouldn't let her have, but mainly they ran around the house screaming, making Vaughn very uncomfortable, but mostly having fun. Here they are at dinner:

After dinner was the cake that Vaughn, the creative director, ordered. Three layers (chocolate, vanilla, chocolate) in a heart shape with vanilla icing; pink on top with white flower border. I think it turned out OK, though I admit I was pretty tired by the time I got around to this. The cupcakes for school a few days earlier were a bit of a disaster ...

The next day was Vaughn's actual birthday, so of course we got up in the morning and had morecupcakes for breakfast. She also got MAD loot from her family, and thank you all for your participation in cluttering up the house real good! She was so happy and so thankful for her gifts; it really is nice to see her appreciate the things she receives. We went to a kids museum in Raleigh as soon as it opened (noon) and we let her bow out of her brother's and sister's family Halloween parties given by friends later in the afternoon. After dinner at Taco Bell, we were all done and had no more room for cake.

Last we had actual Halloween, with an angel, a "sleeping beauty" and a train conductor. Vaughn grossed us out and exceeded none of our expectations by eating an overwhelming amount of candy before bed. Fletcher impressed us all by a) finishing his peas in order to try the candy, 2) eating more candy than I ever thought possible for a 2-year-old and d) actually having an opinion about various candy ingredients. Interesting.

I'm excited for November!!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Love their costumes!! Happy bday V!