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Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday Oliver!

I have to say, I always have a blast at my kid’s birthday parties. Every time we have one, there is that fleeting moment when I think to myself - we should throw parties more often! Then I spend the next four days recovering and I reconsider.

This one was no exception though. I dillied and dallied over whether to have an “entertainer” and in the end - well - through a mix of procrastination and stubborn pigheadedness, I decided against it. I thought this time I’m going to keep it simple and not overly stress about it all. Miracle of miracles it worked!

So no entertainer, but good old fashioned egg and spoon, potato sack and three legged races. I have to say the highlight of the afternoon was the three legged race by the adults, where Jennifer and I kicked ass!

Oliver (thank heavens) is a real trooper at these events. He is usually just so chuffed to have all his friends in one place that he is the best version of himself. At this party I would say he was a bit overwhelmed. Now he is turning five you get the feeling when the grown ups ask a question “how do you feel to be five Oliver?” they actually expect some kind of decent answer. More’s the pity. He still just looks warily confused before answering “OK”. Pretty typical for this age group - at least amongst the boys.

So a good time was had by all. For his birthday itself, I gave in and he finally got a Transformer. He’s impressed by the idea of it rather than the actuality of it I suspect. He likes to go up to it, grab it and say in a bellowing voice “Optimus Prime!” - but then it kind of gets put down and forgotten about. Not like the Lego, which I have spent the last five days putting together. I swear his favorite thing to play with right now, really in all honesty, are the bugs he finds in the backyard.

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