Last night we got together with a few friends to celebrate Hayden's birthday. Before moving to Haiti I would be awake in my bed (when sane people were sleeping) wondering all sorts of things, trying to imagine what our new life would be like. As neurotic as it sounds, I panicked about normal things like more earthquakes and abnormal things like birthday parties. Would my kids ever have another fun party? Would they hate my guts one day for moving them away from friends, family, and Chuck E Cheese? While birthday parties (and most everything else) are a little different here, I am pleased to announce to all other neurotic people like myself that fun can be had no matter where you live. Whew. What a relief.
Hayden's favorite food is Haitian food (works out well for us, considering where we live) and his favorite game (along with almost every other kid in the world) is kickball. So we had a Haitian food/kickball party. Just wait. Party stores everywhere will be selling Haitian food/kickball themed merchandise soon. It will be right next to the luau stuff.
Hayden may love Haitian food, but his mother has no clue how to make it. Thankfully we know some cooking rock stars. The food was delicious. I asked the ladies to cook for 25 people. Lesson learned. They cooked for 60. We will be eating Haitian food for awhile. Want some? I'm pretty sure all of you could come over and there would still be leftovers.
Go see! Go! Paige got all fancied up at our house while the rest of us were getting covered in dirt on the soccer field. It was special to be a tiny, tiny part of this big evening for one of our favorite families. We watched Troy dance with his daughter in our living room. After they left the room Aaron said, "Was Troy about to cry?" I looked over at my husband and said, "Are you about to cry?" Yep. He was.
Yum! Hayden was in Haitian food heaven.
After gorging ourselves with mountains of rice and beans, we did what all smart people do...played an intense game of kickball. Brilliant.
The team captains. Hayden and Dr. Jen.
Heidi running the bases pregnant. She was amazing!
These gummy worms for the dirty cupcakes were sent to me in the mail by Flower Patch Farmgirl.
She's my internet bestie, and she knows how to love us!
Dirt was definitely the real theme of the night.
It was a perfect evening. Kickball will forever be one of the world's greatest games, and Hayden will forever be one of the world's greatest kids. See? Perfect.
These pictures were too good to leave alone.
So I decided to do some zooming.
Happy Birthday, Hayden.
We can't give you Chuck E Cheese or a bowling birthday party but we CAN give you FREAKS!!