Yesterday, we had Lucia's birthday party. It was a small affair - three other families came for hot dogs and macaroni and cheese and the best cupcakes I've ever made (I think I'll be sharing the recipe soon - they were truly fabulous), and six kids under five playing and sleeping and eating. It was the first time we've hosted more than one family in our home since we've been married and even though our home is a bit small and probably couldn't hold much more than attended, the first question out of my mouth to David this morning was, "Can we have a Valentine's party? Or St. Patrick's day?"
Because it was so, so fun. It turns out that I probably more of an extravert because it was incredibly refreshing to spend a day with friends. I always underestimate the value of adult conversations while the kids play underfoot. In typical fashion, the men stood around the grill chatting while the women sat around the living room doing the same. It's such a blessing to have friends with similar values and lifestyles as us. I realized that all of us cloth diaper at least part time! The dads that were here spent plenty of time on the floor with the kids or in Lucia's bedroom upstairs with the kids while the moms were able to talk. And it's probably obvious by the number of children that all of us value family life. In fact, between the four families, there will be two more little ones for Lulu's party next year. (We also had a few families who couldn't join us, so if we're living in this same townhouse, we'll have to find a new venue. Is that reason enough to move into a new home when our lease expires?)
I'll probably be sharing some more about Lucia's birthday, party, and her "official" TWO year old post replete with pictures during the upcoming week, but I just wanted to share some of my random post-party thoughts today.
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