Sunday, September 17, 2006

Good day, sunshine

Bud enjoyed his birthday party yesterday.

He had been very clear about the guest list: Mama, Daddy, Nana, and Papa.

He had also been clear about the specifications and agenda (most were a direct lift from Dora, but it was heartfelt all the same): Balloons, streamers, party hats, blowers. Pizza, cake, candles, ice cream, treats. Pinata, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Goodie Bags, Musical Chairs. And, of course, presents, presents, presents. We also threw in a treasure hunt for good measure, and Bud delighted in calling the shots and orchestrating the event.

When the scheduled activities were finished we had a family dance party, in which we followed along with Bud as he acted out every song on his Dragon Tales cd. Then Bud had a music concert for us, pulling out all his instruments and becoming a one-man band.

After a very brief rest, round two began with a game of hide-and-find-the-toy-animals, and then I was recruited as his sidekick as we built Wacky Wild World in the backyard. I think we were recreating a Blue's Clues episode, as we built Cardboard Land, Bubble-opolis, The Clay Desert, and Puzzle World and dashed back and forth between the house and the yard to gather supplies and accessories.

Through it all, Bud didn't mention storms a single time. But as dusk began to settle, his anxiety started to return - did the darkness mean that bad weather was coming? We went for another walk to find the pink sky that would tell us that tomorrow would be a sunny day, and that seemed to reassure him a bit.

But, really, it's one day at a time around here right now. We just try to take each one as it comes, and do our best with whatever it brings. And that day - that birthday day - that day full of smiles and adventure and song - that day with only a hint of worry - that was one day that was very easy to take.

13 comments:

Kristina Chew said...

Sometimes the whole world just seems to come together and shine.......and all the more for our kids, and those who love them, every, every day.

MommyTof3 said...

OH Im so happy Bud had a great B-day Party!!!!Days like this-we can only pray for and hope they keep on a comin'
That was beautiful Kristina and oh so true from the heart.:)

kirsten said...

I love when people really do the things their KIDS want to do for their birthdays - no matter what that is. Glad he had a good time, and I am wishing happy weather to you!

MOM-NOS said...

Kirsten, I was really glad I went with my instincts on that, too. Bud had looked through the Birthday Express catalog and wanted the Teleubbies-themed plates and decorations. I bristled at the thought - Teletubbies was the theme of his 1st birthday, and I was reluctant to make it the theme of his 7th. I actually sat in front of the order page on the computer thinking "He'd be perfectly happy with Clifford or Curious George..." but ultimately I went for the Tubbies, complete with purple, green, yellow and red streamers and balloons. He was delighted - and after the week he's had I was so, so, so glad that his birthday party was just as he'd imagined it.

gretchen said...

What a charmed birthday- just what you all needed! Will you be seeing the doctor tomorrow?

One day at a time- we're right there with you...

tara said...

I was sorry to hear that Bud has been struggling lately- it sounds like the birthday party was just the thing to cheer him up!
Owen will have his sixth b-day in a couple of months- I am going to let him choose whatever he wants for his party too.
I am wishing for calm skies for Bud.

Jannalou said...

Yay for Bud! :)

Birthdays are good when you're a kid.

One of the kids I worked with in Vancouver turned 12 on September 1. She wanted 12 guests, 12 presents, 12 candles, etc. I knew she would; when she turned 8 she wanted 8 of everything. Maybe she'll be a mathematician when she grows up. ;)

Happy Birthday, Bud - and many more to come! :D

Wendy said...

Happy, happy birthday Bud! I'm glad to hear it was so wonderful for you!

Steve said...

It sounds like you've found the solution to the storm anxiety - Birthday parties every day!! :)

Daisy said...

One day at a time -- that's the best way to handle things. Glad to hear the birthday party was fun!

kyra said...

aw! happy birthday dear bud!!! so glad the day was full of fun and cheer and a beautiful, non-threatening pink clouds at dusk.

Frog's mom said...

Feliz Cumpleanos Bud!

bubandpie said...

I've been lurking for a bit - I hope you don't mind - but this post has forced me to de-cloak because it ripped my heart out. You are quite a writer, Mom-NOS.