In my attempts to redeem myself and to keep a promise long made long ago, this weekend we successfully pulled off a surprise 8 1/2 year old birthday party for dear Miriam. In our family, each kid gets a special sleepover party when they turn 8. Being that Miriam's birthday is in the middle of basketball season and during the months that there is always at least one person sick, it just didn't happen.
A few weeks ago I found a paper that she had written. It was a letter to herself in which she was questioning why it is that she had not yet had her party. "Maybe it's a suprize. I hope it is."
I think she was very delighted to open the door to a group of friends and family all dressed in cowgirl attire. Horses are her favorite thing right now. The older girls had a lot of joy planning and preparing for the party in secret.
We ate a cowgirl dinner and then headed off the Jump and Play, an indoor inflatable playland. When we returned, the girls roasted marshmallows, made jewelry and slept in a tent.
This evening when I got home from work she was still smiling. Happy Belated Birthday to the most patient eight year old in the world!!