The day

Ah, I have paid my penance for the day by shipping 25 packages and listing 10 more auctions on ebay– oh the pain! But my reward is the pleasure of writing about Mary’s birthday yesterday.

We awoke to 10″ of snow(16″ by noon). Everyone greeted Mary with cheers of “Happy Birthday Princess Girl!” While I was making breakfast, Gabriel and Mary ran into my closet and pulled out the unwrapped presents I had stashed in there– a pink guitar and a new ballet outfit. I have no secrets from those two. I was sad that she wouldn’t have any presents to open later but Mary did not care.

Erik left for work later than usual. In Utah we are used to big storms, but this was the kind of storm that had the snowplows in overdrive and warnings on the radio not to drive unless necessary. The kids were in heaven. Ben went skiing(teenagers don’t listen to radio warnings) and Erik sent Stefan and Xander out to shovel the driveway. Hans was off the hook because of his tonsillectomy; he simply wanders the house like a little shadow, curling up in random chairs to read and drinking apple juice slush.

After an hour of completely ineffective shoveling the driveway looked like they had simply rolled around in the snow. I think that’s all they really did.

We had planned to go downtown to the Children’s Museum for Miss Mary’s big day but the snow kept us home playing tea party and dollies with Mary’s darling friend Sarah. Stefan and Xander went sledding with friends while Hansie shed a few tears over being abandoned at home with the little kids.

In the evening we ventured out to Barnes and Noble. We are readers at our house so everyone gives us B&N for Christmas and birthdays. We had a stack of about 10 cards and decided this was the night to redeem them. The bigger boys found about 10 books they agreed on and I was unusually generous and let Mary and Gabriel pick out tacky paperback books like Scooby Doo and Barbie Rapunzel. Those little books are cheap and they were HAPPY!

Since we were really going all out we took the kids to Pei Wei for dinner. “You mean at a restaurant? And we’re all going to sit down and have dinner?” For obvious reasons, we don’t eat out much.

And shockingly, amazingly, the dinner went really well. Gabriel only had a mild fit that we were drinking water and not buying root beer and Xander was a bit offended that he didn’t get any orange chicken(you snooze, you lose), but no one lay down on the floor and screamed so it was a rousing success.

At home we put on jammies and pulled out the cake. Ben had to run upstairs and call not-his-girlfriend the minute we walked in the door. He didn’t respond to our efforts to get him back downstairs so Erik turned on the song “I’ve Been Dreaming of My True Love’s Kiss” turned on the phone and put it next to the speakers. Ben came racing down pretty quickly. 🙂 Erik and I laughed like little kids– we have got to be the meanest, most immature parents ever.

The song is from “Enchanted” and it’s so catchy that Ben cannot help walking around the house and whistling it. I love teasing him about it.

Finally, with oohs and aahs, we lit the candles. A frosting covered Barbie cake always causes a few giggles, especially when you start to cut the cake–“Ahh I’m uncovering her nakedness!”

But Miss Mary truly took the cake when she yelled “It’s my birthday so I get to lick the Barbie!”

I rescued both Mary and Barbie from that indignity.

Ahh, bedtime, tacky storybooks and another birthday well celebrated.

January 22, 2008
January 24, 2008



  1. millertimeab

    January 23, 2008

    sounds like a truely wonderful day!

    Your photography is just amazing! I am awed at how far you have come so fast!

  2. StubbyDog

    January 23, 2008

    OMGosh I love that guitar! Looks like she has the technique down already LOL.

  3. Mama

    January 23, 2008

    Eeek — I think I just glimpsed Mary as a teenager. Hold on to your pettiskirts!

    Love the pictures and love the little girl. Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you.

    I have to ask the obvious question, though — haven’t you had three children with birthdays in the past two weeks or so? What happens nine months before now that makes you so… prolific? ROFL. Love you, Michelle!

  4. twoelves

    January 23, 2008

    So fun! Your family so so much fun. I love Pei Wei by the way 🙂

  5. Linkousfrance

    January 23, 2008

    We totally love that little girl, what a cutie she is!
    And I must say Kit and I laughed ourselves silly thinking of how quickly Ben must’ve flown down those stairs.It reminded me of how my Dad loved to keep us humble with his “Dad jokes”. Wow 16″ of snow! Kit would love to go skiing and I just miss how beautiful everything covered in white is, especially those mountains.

    The pictures look awesome too! Capturing life through a lense is amazingly satisfying and addicting!

  6. Ashli S.

    January 23, 2008

    We love our best friend Mary! Sounds like you had a great night out.
    Sad but true, those cheesy books often become the favorites and are easy to take for ride.

    Thanks for being my listening ear…I know how you sympathize and it really does make me feel better.

  7. Jan Russell

    January 24, 2008

    Fun, fun times! I am totally lol at Mary’s Barbie comment! The pictures turned out SO CUTE, too!

  8. Denise

    January 24, 2008

    I have 4 daughters and none of them, not a one, can pose like your Mary. She is such a girl! I think she would love playing at our house — it’s girl heaven. You are invited to NY anytime.

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