Lessons from Birthday #1

June 3, 2007 at 10:41 pm 2 comments

Back from our full weekend.  Saturday was Ali’s first birthday party.  We had a really good time, but the experience proved to be educational as well.  Time is scarce, so here a few of the lessons from the party.

Some Instincts Humans Are Born Without…
For example- the love of birthday cake.  My love of sweets is so ingrained, I just assumed it was innate.  Little Ali proved otherwise.  She didn’t realize what a wonderful treat cake was at first.


Ali scared of the mysterious object

Eventually Ali got the hang of it.


Eating with her mother

Before we know it, Ali will a full-blown sweet master like little Gwyn


Gwyn has long mastered the art of endulging on sweets

…But We Do Have Some Animal-Like Tendencies Afterall
When a pinata broke, the kids swarmed and looked very much like a pack of hyenas.


Children descend on the bounty

Bubbles Enchant Kids…
A bubble generating machine entertained the kids for hours.


Marissa closes in on a bubble

Gwyn enchanted by all the bubbles


Penn teaches an apprentice how to punch bubbles

…Adults Not So Much
Lud and Sean were able to carry on a seemingly somber conversation, despite being surrounded by bubbles.


Sean and Lud do not even acknowledge the magical bubbles around them.

Even Grandpas Love Turtles…
Ali’s paternal grandfather braved a sporadic stream of defensive pee for a picture of a turtle next to his turtle tattoo.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tgaw/528688031/in/set-72157600305933020/
Chuck Vandervort’s turtle tattoo… and an actual turtle

…And Even Grownups Like Toys
Many of the adults could not resist playing with some of the toys set out for the kids.


Andy masters multi-tasking by bouncing a ball on a racquet and holding his beer

Being a Supervisor is Tough Work…
While Brian and Jodi struggled to move the swing for pinata play, Lud kept a watchful managerial eye.


Lud looks skeptical of Jodi and Brian’s strategy

…But Elmo Takes the Cake (Somewhat Literally)
A stuffed Elmo appeared to have the toughest job of the day.  Here he poses at the end of the event, littered with icing.


This Elmo has seen better days.

Everyone else, including Brian and Jodi, made it through the day without looking nearly as frazzled as Elmo.  It proved to be a wonderful party and quite a treat to attend. 

All my pictures from Ali’s First Birthday Party are available on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Ali V, Andy B, Brian V, Elmo, Gwyn, Jodi V, Lud Eng, North Carolina, Penn, Sean, Travel.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ryan Somma  |  June 8, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    What a delightful post! Well done! : )

    Reply
  • 2. Ali on Charlotte.Com « TGAW  |  August 16, 2007 at 9:14 pm

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