The recent media has been filled with stories about how much having a December birthday sucks, but for many of us, the date of our first (or subsequent) child was not a choice, rather an unbelievable dream come true.
So Riley was born 7 days early on December 31, 2004. The whole story of that birth can be found in the archives of this site. Every year we’ve had a party for her. Her first birthday party with family and friends (and no little kids) was held at Vicky’s house. Her second birthday at Vicky’s house – again with no little kids, just family and friends. Her third birthday was in Kobe with other faculty kids. Her fourth birthday was back in Houston with family and friends, but now Eleanor and Thomas joined in. Then for her fifth birthday we were traveling back to Kobe from Hawaii, and we celebrated a few days early with family. She has really never had a full on little kid birthday party.
That was her request for her 6th birthday party. So on December 11th, we invited the entire class and their siblings, and we booked the Community Hall for our apartment complex (think big empty room). Todd cooked up a storm for the kids and the adults as usual. The theme of her party was kookie, crazy, so we had an monster the kids created – like pin the nose on the monster. We had a stop rocket and a target, which were quickly destroyed, and then we had an artsy-crafty section where the kids could draw a kookie, crazy picture. We also had bomb candles and Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich cake.
The kids had eaten, played all of the games, and were restless after an hour, so we headed out to the yellow playground right behind the Community Hall with all of the cow balloons (kookie, crazy, right?). Unfortunately, it was sprinkling a little bit when we went outside, but that soon stopped long enough for the kids to go outside and play on the playground. After 45 minutes outside, we headed back in for goodie bags and good-byes.
We cleaned up and headed back to the house for a couple of hours of rest before we got dressed up and went downtown for our school’s Christmas Party! That is kookie, crazy!
Here are the photos.