We had a great day yesterday. Seriously, it was the best birthday yet and I’m convinced more than ever that simple is just fine when it comes to birthdays. The birthday banner became cupcake toppers for the school party and I’m going to allow myself a little pat on the back with that one – I am really into the whole idea of cupcake toppers and it made the birthday spread that much more festive. As part of the celebration, the kids decorated chef hats and paper cups, and Mark brought the juicer and all kinds of fruits and vegetables for a live juicing demo where each kid got to pick their own juice combination. What’s cool about our juicer is that you can shove a whole apple and juice it so the effect was quite impressive to the kids. I think we got a little ambitious by bringing in spinach, ginger, kiwis and beets when most kids chose apple with a combination of strawberry, but it was all good.
Later that night, we went for sushi at Mia’s favorite neighborhood Japanese restaurant (she made sure to tell the waitresses that too). As a surprise at the end of the meal, they brought out this crazy candle flower thing that when lighted, shot sparkles in the air (was too late in the photo taking to catch the sparkles). It then unfolded like a flower with candles lighted on each petal and slowly rotated around. OMG. We had never seen anything like it and we were all standing back a bit afraid, not knowing what would happen when this thing got lighted. It was magnificent. And when the entire restaurant stopped and sang happy birthday, it made this newly turned 5 year old very very happy.