Our friend Christina says that some friends are your chosen family. That's who we celebrated with first - Yoda's chosen family. Her godparents and neighbors and almost sisters were here (along with her parents, a brother and a real sister). There was much swimming to be done, tacos in a bowl, and a few gifts (classic Disney movies from Punk; play-doh barber shop from Kooka; a tricycle, a suitcase and yes a unicorn from her parents.). There were beautiful books, dress up clothes and even cupcake money from the guests - all of whom were specifically told not to bring gifts - but much like real family, they didn't listen either.
There was also a little guilt involved as Kooka pointed out that I had not hand-stained, burned and delivered message in a bottle invitations to Yoda's friends. So with minimal coaxing, Kooka convinced me that we HAD to carve the watermelon into the shape of a porcupine, to make up for my failings in other areas. Yoda woke up from her nap, took one look at it and said, "That used to be a watermelon - what da heck is dat now?"
Just an hour down the drain - that's all.
|Cake, polka dots, and colors by mom and Kooka. Sarcastic dog courtesy of Punk.|
|She got all of the candles eventually.|
|Monsters Inc. Fuzzy Pumper Barber Shop.|
The next morning was a puppy/mermaid party. Hey - I don't judge, I just bake and plan party games. (Though I must admit it was almost as strange as the time Punk and Kooka shared a Strawberry Shortcake/Robot party - but at least there were two of them.)
This was Nika's first time having a group of friends over to play and she loved it! They wore puppy dog ears, won biscuits for sitting, barking, jumping and spinning. There was an animal hunt, puppy drawings, a little dancing, lots of splashing - and of course PUPCAKES!!!
|Eating the nose off was the best part.|
|She's crazy serious about that candle.|