When she woke up "for real", you know when the sun was up and all, I was still sleeping so Rob made her favorite breakfast, steel cut oatmeal. When I finally rolled out of bed, she informed me that today was her birthday and she wanted to have a tea party.
Now we were going to do a tea party on Monday (Labor Day) and we canceled it for many various reasons and she had said this coming weekend would be fine. Now this was just a figment of my imagination and she needed to have a tea party and it needed to be now! I didn't have the makings or the energy for our favorite birthday cake. So I checked my cookbooks and cupboards to put together the following: pretzels, Caramel Almond-Oat Bars from Party Vegan, Health Valley's Amaranth Graham Crackers (we just had these on hand because cookout weather is almost upon us), baby carrots (Josie's request), and Party Vegan's Brownies with Walnuts. Not my proudest party moment and not as healthy or balanced as we like our birthday parties but, we had Good Earth Organic White Tea Sweet Citrus tea and
Mr. Putter books, Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish where he decides he is not too old for birthdays and asks his good neighbor over, but she makes him wait because she is baking him a cake). She sat on the porch for a while before I convinced her that was no good.
organic Hannas so judge her not. As a side, we ended up ordering Thai from My Thai (Thara Thai was closed, boo!) for her birthday dinner that night (her choice, oh course) and I came to the realization that we like my pad thai a lot, I mean it is really pretty freaking awesome. I based it on Robin's in 1,000 Vegan Recipes, but I add some peanut butter, more garlic, red pepper flakes, etc. and make it my own. This time I used peas, corn, carrots, and green beans for the veggies. We were literally making mmmm noises as we ate and I felt guilty that we were enjoying it with Parker at school.
KISS costume she's always wanted. (So dating myself with that one. I just don't know what was up with the tongue in this picture.)
Batgirl unmasked, much less '70s rock band and more super heroine (not heroin, get your mind off KISS). I had no idea Batgirl outfits came in pink, but they do and Josie picked it out for Halloween (how on top of it am I, I ask you?) and it serendipitously came on her birthday as I was furiously trying to put together a semblance of a tea birthday party and she was impatiently waiting for friends to arrive who did not know about said party more than an hour prior. I could have hugged the UPS man! So Josie ran around fighting crime and Dema donned his outfit. Three cheers for all the Halloween costumes arriving at once.
Amara and Indigo sweet and wonderful gifts:
Madeline episodes on Netflix). Josie thoroughly enjoyed her 4th birthday, even if I was all last minute or maybe because it was last minute. As our wise neighbor Vicky said when she stopped by the festivities in the park, "Sometimes spontaneous parties are the best. They can be a lot less stress." Less waiting, minimal pre-cleaning, more sweets...hmm, she might be on to something here. My four year old flies by the seat of her pants, kinda like her mama I suppose.
No capes! This super ball of energy and passion makes my life so much more interesting. Happy 4th Birthday, Jo. I love you all the muches!