The Dad and I are still getting our heads around the fact that we have been parents for a whole decade. It seems only moments ago we had just met and were trying to figure out who was going to move across the Tasman to live with whom. But Pearl has been 10 for a whole month, and last night we had her “home” birthday party.
We were in Canberra on her actual birthday, and wonderful friends there put on a lovely celebration for her, but of course she wanted to have something here for her school friends too.
She agreed to keep it simple (whew!), and invited five friends around for a pizza dinner and to watch a movie. I set out a couple of bowls of chippies and some lollies for them, and they were allowed to eat in the lounge (quite a big deal in our house).
I did make a major discovery – how to get Pearl out of bed and into action in the morning. Just tell her that if she moves now, she can make her own birthday cake. She was up, dressed, and measuring butter and flour almost before I could draw breath! The cake was baked before we had to leave for school, and that gave her plenty of time to decorate it in the afternoon.
Everything went very well. All the guests arrived at the same time, and parents arrived to collect them again right on the appointed hour too, which helped a lot. They each had their own pizza (take-away), and seemed to enjoy the movie. There was very little clean-up for me to do afterwards, and the whole event was relaxed from my point of view.
All we have to do now is ensure the thank-you letters get written!
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