Jenna was so excited to be going to Melody’s dragon themed birthday party. We both wished we lived closer so that the girls could spend more time together – though my cousin is ALWAYS connected to a schedule – or it seems, wanting to make plans and have get togethers but rarely ever finding the time.
She and her husband seem to spring for more elaborate parties than Roland and I could ever give – though we have attempted a few times – there was always a restriction on how many friends could be invited. Always less than ten. I’m guessing Melody’s invites have always been 30 – 50.
Michelle and John started out with Gymboree, MusicTogether, and other playful invites. Michelle didn’t want to deal with the mess at her own house – though I don’t think this is actually the first year it has been at their house. One year they held it at the Leonardo . Jenna was unable to attend.
In the past, Michelle had always given a definite time with instructions to PLEASE be on time. I always felt that was awfully nervy of her as (for as long as I’ve known her) she has never been on time for a celebration event – unless she is hosting. But even with that, she was not as organized as she should have been – and though she had left instructions for her guests as they arrived – the party did not really start on time in my opinion. But then not everybody showed up on time. In fact, most seemed to drag in on Michelle Standard Time.
They were blessed with such awesome weather this year – awesome for all those invited and had to drive the hills to get to John and Michelle’s house – and driving there in bad weather is less than awesome. I was happy that only the first day of November (thus far) was the only November looking day we’ve had thus far. And I hope that this Indian Summer will linger forever for it is truly my favorite season (take away the politics)
I wish she would have done name tags. I have in previous years. Jenna’s friends all go to different schools and not everybody knows everybody else – which is how it has been at each of Melody’s parties. When Jenna turned 7 I had passed out tags with a colored shape in one corner. That way I could mix up the children into teams without them saying: “Oh, I want to be on so and so’s team” “Why can’t I be with so and so?”
Each game I would scramble up the children. “I need red and blue on one team and orange and green on the other.” “I need triangles and circles over here and squares and rectangles over there.” I think it worked out pretty well. But that’s me. Michelle is usually not as organized. Although she appeared to have put a lot of thought into the activities this year – some of it just didn’t come together until the last minute.
The kids were on a dragon hunt. Jenna said she misplaced her paper. She didn’t appear to be having fun. She said it was because Melody wasn’t having fun. I truthfully hadn’t noticed – but did hear from both mom and dad that she was being a brat. Why are so many birthday children like that? Enjoy the day. Enjoy your friends. Have gratitude to mom and dad for giving you a party. I’m blessed that Jenna has not acted bratty at any of her parties thus far.
At one point I guess Michelle told Melody that if she didn’t behave, she would have to go inside and her friends would have her party without her. Maybe Jenna heard that and misplaced her paper out of fear. She didn’t finish the dragon hunt. She actually didn’t seem to participate as much as she normally does.
When it came time for cake, Melody said she had picked out specific dragons for specific guests and would be in charge of passing them out. And I think she probably really had picked certain dragons out for some of her guests – but not all 18 of them or 22 or how many ever there were. Michelle kept on saying who needed cupcakes still, and Melody practically threw a fit.
As Michelle continued to pass out cupcakes as Melody pretended to put thought into them, I heard some of the children ask one another if they would like to trade dragons. One guest, aware of Melody’s feelings and behavior said, “You can’t trade dragons” which came out more like, “If I’m getting stuck with this dragon, than everybody has to keep the dragon that they were given.”
Michelle’s sister, Rosa, had asked me about mom – and I started bawling as I spilled off my descriptions of her. Mom had actually called me while I was at Michelle’s house. She sounded normal – like had been two Saturdays ago. That’s when I like to visit. When she knows I’m her daughter and isn’t oblivious to my being there even – like she was on Thursday, for example. She (her mind) wasn’t even there for the most part. I am having a very hard time with it. I think possibly worse than Corey.
After the party had ended, Jenna asked if we could continue to stay so that she could play with Melody. I had told her okay, and tried to get a hold of Roland to find out his plans. He didn’t answer the phone.