For some reason my kids conjured up the idea that it's Lucy's birthday tradition to go camping. And it's weird, because, although I'll be the first to admit that I do anything I can to reiterate the importance of traditions and all that jazz, I have no recollection of any camping traditions going on in the past, especially since we left Lucy with a friend last time we went.
But, do I tell my kids who are looking at me with "longing-with-all-their-hearts-to-go-camping-for-the-big-birthday-thing eyes" that it's really not a tradition? Of course not! I totally go with things like that.
So, they all got invitations "from Lucy" on their pillows when they got home from school last week. They were so darn excited they could hardly wait. Dave was in China all week, so he missed all the hype, but I figured I could do the camping thing without him...if it was in our back yard.We tried roasting marshmallows on the BBQ grill without much luck, so we resorted to the microwave. Mmmm, they were pretty darn good. It's kind of scary how delighted my kids get over anything with sugar. Hmmm. I guess they take after their mom.The kids told all kinds of crazy ghost stories...you know the ones that really don't have a point and you know they have kind of gone through "Chinese whispers" through the elementary school to get to the point they are when they're told by your kids. But whatever, they thought it was great to tell them to me and each other...with the aid of the scary flashlight lighting.
I read them some stories too.
Lucy, the guest of honor, got to stay with us long enough to sing some songs together, do some squawking, head-butt my lip because she was mad about something or other, and get seriously snuggled. Then we swept her up into her deluxe camping quarters (her crib).
The rest of us slept all huddled together in our little tent, listening to some serious rain at first, and then the quiet of the night, and we all ate it all up.So it's now official...Lucy's birthday tradition is definitely camping. And we love it. Can't wait for Dave to come next year.
On Lucy's actual birthday we hung out with her and did all her favorite things. We had a stuffed animal jumping party on the trampoline and went to McDonalds playland for a gourmet dinner.
Since Dave was gone, at least we had good old Josh around. Thanks for coming to the party Josh!
Grace & Claire entertained her with their xylophone...
You just never know how long she'll be delighted by something...
This is my very favorite expression Lucy does: Oh man, there's just something about it that totally melts my heart. Here it is again:
And here's the "blowing kisses" trick she has down pat:
One of Lucy's therapists has been telling me how many awesome things she finds at good will, so that's where we went birthday shopping for Lu. She helped pick out the stuff and boy does she ever love it! And of course, it's not a party without the cake...and we even let Lucy have some.Here's that expression again:
We took our birthday pictures a little early before Dave left for his trip. I thought the succession of these ones was particularly amusing...
Love that Lu.