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Concord, California, United States
I am a sometimes-writer, everyday mama, creative failure and experimental cook. I am interested in living a beautiful life, spending time with my family and making things that I can feel proud of. When I'm by myself I'm usually outside. Don't bother calling because chances are that I didn't bring my cell phone because I couldn't find it. If you see me walking, it's because I lost my keys and if you see me with only one child... I'm probably in big trouble.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lila's Belated Birthday Party

We finally had Lila's birthday party today. It wasn't the party that we had planned, but I think she had a great time. We did the best that we could with what we have.

Our only regret was that we weren't able to include all the people that we wanted to and had originally invited to the home-party that we planned. Unfortunately, because we've stretched ourselves so thin financially, we had to be very careful to keep our guest list small. Lila was able to choose five of her closest friends to invite and we all met at the Rockaway Mall Build-A-Bear and then headed over to a local Pizza Hut. Lila felt strongly about eliminating cupcakes from her birthday tradition. In the spirit of Halloween we gave out chocolate lollipops instead.

The Build-A-Bear portion of the day was really special. Even though I worried that it would be too generic, the party host was fun, lively and dressed in costume. Each child seemed to really love the process of Build-A-Bear and seemed genuinely excited to go home with a new stuffed animal. Further, it was actually nice to leave and go to a different place to eat. Lila was so excited that we'd be going out for dinner and including all of her friends. Remeeting up with them at the Pizza Hut seemed to give her a little thrill!

Here are a few pictures from our day:

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