Friday, August 21, 2009

8 years old, part 1

Saskia turned eight this week. Because most of her friends are out of town right now, her party has been scheduled for next weekend. Consequently her actual birthday was pretty low-key.

She started the day by waking us all at 7:30am. This is a kid who will happily sleep until 10 or 11 if we let her. So we all trudged downstairs at this horrific hour to watch her tear into her presents. She got:

An American Girl Doll (Rebecca)
A Taylor Swift CD
A Jonas Brother's Backpack and Lunch bag
Clothes for her doll
A gift card to Rhapsody to buy music for her MP3 player
A kitten named Zack

The kitten and the doll were the big hits of the day, while the books, clothes and school supplies didn't even register except as mild disappointments (I'm sure she was thinking, "cheep ass mom, I would have gotten these anyway for school, why did you give them to me as presents?!"). The fact of the matter was, after plopping down a shit-load of money on her doll and the kitten, I wasn't prepared to buy much more that wasn't going to serve a dual purpose. Sorry hun, you should have been born in May if you didn't want to get clothes for your birthday...

After opening presents she and I went out to IHOP for breakfast. She'd been looking forward to the free ice cream since her sister went there on her birthday. Sure enough, by 8:30 am the staff was coming out singing and presenting her with a huge sunday, which she gobbled down appropriately.

The rest of the day was spent playing with her new stuff and generally lounging about unproductively. Oh, I forgot to mention that Fiona presented Saskia with a trip to Build a Bear (which mommy paid for of course) as a present. We went on Saturday and of course I ended up buying both girls a bear and outfit... for a total of $60! Damn, I had no idea that BaB was so friggin expensive! Guess there was a good reason why we never went there before. Anywho, now-a-days BaB has it's own website where you can register and play with your bears (someone feeling the Webkinz heat?) so Saskia spent a lot of time on there as well.

We didn't get around to actually having cake until about 9pm. Since Fiona is now on a dairy free diet we made two cakes, and can I say my dairy free cake kicked serious ass. It was awesome. From now on that will be the only cake I make.

All in all, it was a decent day, although I felt very guilty for not spending more time with the birthday girl or doing something special for her. Hopefully I can make that up when I have her friends over for their very first sleep-over party!, and all the fun stuff that goes with that.


HomeSlice said...

BaB is insane. but glad she had a great birthday!

Lweeks said...

It seems to me it was a super special birthday hon. No guilt zone. Sundae for breakfast - mmmmm, sounds like my kind of birthday breakfast. Happy Birthday Saskia!

Jess said...

Don't feel guilty about the dual purpose gifts, both my kids get those every year. Saskia's birthday sounds perfect and I'm sure that she'll have a blast when you have all her friends over too.

Happy Birthday Saskia!

mom911 said...

That sounds like a pretty good birthday to me. A girl and her kitten, that has GOT to be the best gift ever. =)
I'm with ya on the duel gifts. Christmas is 'winter clothes' time! LOL
Oh yeah...Build a Bear is insane! I have to plot my course thru the mall to avoid it at all costs.

Alicia said...

I'm only just catching up on blogs. I'm sorry I suck.

That sounds like a pretty good birthday to me! I didn't get anything like that as a kid. Man, your kids are lucky!

There, I hope that made you feel tons better:)