It wouldn't be a Hufford Birthday without the last minute invitation scramble. This time I managed to wait until only 4 days before her party to invite her friends. In day's past, this would have caused me to back out and try to push the party another week back (maybe two)....but Megan has a killer wounded puppy look and she whipped it out at just the right moment.
Timing is everything.
So my thumbs went a-flyin and we texted all the friends. We put out the feelers to see who would be in town and we ended up with all of her friends but one. Not bad at all....
She chose a Minecraft theme.
Which was good news for me.
Square? Abstract? Build it yourself?
Right up my alley.
The PORTAL OF ENTRY: (Ooooh!)
The Crafting Table:
Making their own Minecraft masks: (Megan is standing on her chair)
Turns out I know how to make pinatas!
Provided they are square and made from a box we have leftover from Christmas.
And nearly indestructible.
Without a blind fold.
Giving it everything they got.
I sacrificed my broom handle to the legs of the playhouse.
I could see it was time to upgrade our whacking instrument to something more....
When that didn't do it, we called in the big guns.
A teenage boy.
A teenage boy that owns a pirate sword, a broadsword and a Roman short sword. This was the moment he has been training for.
And then it was time for gifts.
And cake.....Yay for squares! If you aren't familiar with Minecraft, the whole game is made out of these little squares. This is a basic garden block. Turned out cute, no?
This is my favorite part of birthdays: the soft glow of the candles lighting up her face.
And that pure happiness at being the special one that everyone is singing to. It's a cool thing to know that everyone in the room claims you as a friend.
Two hours after it started, the girls all departed. (mini-poem!)
And we ventured out to the mall to mark the day with pierced ears. She was nervous and excited but didn't show it. She has a pretty solid poker face and saves her big displays of emotion for her nearest and dearest.
She's 10 and she has pierced ears and she feels about five minutes from heading off to college.
I love her forever, my Megabyte.