Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Company, and a Birthday Party

Things are usually pretty quiet in my house, taking into consideration the four kids who live here. This week I hosted Christmas as well as a birthday party for my daughter. I have had company every day, with more expected through the New Year! It has been very exciting, albeit quite the whirlwind.

My daughter’s ten-year-old “Design-your-own” celebration with her friends was a success. We designed our own pizzas, designed our own cupcakes, and designed our own gingerbread houses. The pizzas were made of Boboli crusts with pizza sauce, cheese, and various toppings of their choosing. The cupcakes were plain vanilla with vanilla icing and lots of fun toppings. The “gingerbread houses” were composed of graham crackers, royal icing, and a variety of candies.

The kids had just arrived when I heard a cell phone blip. We don’t use cell phones in our house, so I knew it was one of the children receiving a text message. The texting continued halfway through the party. I wondered if we’d ever be able to fully engage Phone Girl in the present.

When the makings of a house all came out, suddenly the texting stopped. These maturing girls were not too old for gummy bears and gumdrops. When the first girl finished hers, she announced proudly, “Momma, Poppa, and Baby Bear have moved in!”

When there was a pause needed so I could clear and reset the table, they decided on their own that they wanted to play musical chairs. They took them from the kitchen into the living room, and my daughter played Christmas Carols while they tripped around the chairs.

Today there was a breather, and I decided to take the three older ones to the movies, leaving the toddler with my husband. We waited on line for The Tale of Despereaux, only to find it was sold out. I decided at the last moment to buy tickets for Bedtime Stories. To my surprise, I was given four free First Priority tickets for next time we come in! And we really enjoyed the movie- some tiny little improprieties that probably went over my kids’ heads, but altogether a good time, with the nice guy having his dreams come true in the end.

I skipped over the date my husband and I got to have last night, the first in quite a long time! We had a beautiful dinner, followed by a movie. We saw The Day the Earth Stood Still. My husband is not one for save-the-earth moralizing, so he did not like it, but I found it to be entertaining. We actually came home in between the dinner and the movie because there was too much of a gap before the next showing. I told the kids to go to bed and realized the next day that I had inadvertently sent them to bed without a dessert – the highest form of punishment in my house! I hope I made up for it today.

Painting: Nativity. Master of Hohenfurth, c. 1350, Web Gallery of Art


abroadermark said...

Oh, I'm glad to hear you say that about Bedtime Stories, Elizabeth. My 9 year old daughter and I went to see a movie yesterday (my birthday gift from her from way back in August) She wanted to see Bedtime Stories, but I wasn't sure it was appropriate for children so we saw The Tale of Despereaux instead. It was a cute movie and I'm glad we got to see it. I told my daughter I'd check on Bedtime Stories and, if it seemed okay, we see it next time.

Sounds like your daughter's birthday party went very well. What is it with the cell phones, anyway? Drives me CRAZY!

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

Thanks for commenting and I look forward to absorbing your blog, which looks very nice! The "inappropriate" content mostly took the form of a Paris Hilton - type that the guy was attracted to early in the movie - but he soon realized that the more wholesome (yet beautiful)woman was really the one that would fulfill him. I laughed my head off, and so did the kids, and laughter is the hear's best medicine (as it says in Proverbs)!

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

p.s. Typo correction. I meant "Heart's best medicine".

Loren Christie said...

What a wonderful birthday you gave your daughter. There is nothing better than a party at home.