Sean and Sarah threw another fantastic birthday party this week. Eva had her fifth birthday and she chose "Sharks and Mermaids" as her party theme. How ever do the children of non-artsy parents ever have the courage to throw a party? These guys pretty much set the standard year after year.
This party happened in the park like all the others and had all the usual suspects present. All Eva's grandparents came as well as Peter, Ruth, and Sammy. (It was our first time to meet him.) Lots of Sean and Sarah's adult friends also came including Brian and Kristina Faheyberg. Eva also had more friends there than before.
As ever, Sean and Sarah made sure they served wonderful food. This year Sean cooked hot dogs, brats, etc. on his grill at the park. They had tons of beautifully decorated cupcakes to celebrate the big day. And this year they added a piñata to the party, shaped like a shark, of course.
We spent a great evening after the party in Sean and Sarah's backyard with some of their family and friends. I always feel impressed by the diversity of the people in Eva's life and how loved and accepted she must feel every day. Her life consists of a never ending stream of interesting and intelligent people who clearly think the world of her. She pretty much reigns as the number one kid in their circle, so even as the other families grow, she still gets that special status.
Generally, we have to leave the birthday party early so we can make our plane home, so this trip we gave ourselves a treat and took some extra time. We flew in on Friday morning and left Monday afternoon. We had a great time staying all the way through the party and not having to rush during any part of the trip.
Monday morning, Sarah took us to one of her favorite breakfast places before we left for home. They seated us at a nice, quiet table at the back. Unfortunately, the table sat right in front of a floor to ceiling mirror. Eva could not pull her eyes away. For anything. At all. She had to see everything that happened through her reflection. Sarah said she didn't think Eva had ever had the opportunity to just look at herself like that. Clearly, the girl was in love.