My birthday was last Saturday and we just put the wraps on one of the best birthday weekends I've ever had! It started out on Friday night with Eliot's "Slipper Party" which was a slumber party that we threw for her to celebrate her big sister status. Somehow, "slumber" got translated into 4-year-old speak as "slipper" - it was actually a pretty cute and fitting name so we let it stick.
We had multiple motives for throwing the party. The first was to thank all of the families who helped out so much with Eliot's care while Casey was pregnant and I was going crazy trying to juggle everything. The second motive was to reward Eliot for being so easy-going with all of the schedule changes and uncertainty that each day brought her as we shuffled her from house to house in order to give Casey the rest she needed and me the time I needed to keep my head in the game. We figured a night off for all of the parents and a night of giggles, movies, cookies, and cream would just about do the trick!!
Eliot had five little girls come over for the evening with four of them staying the night. We got them off to a quick start with a pizza party followed up by freshly baked cookies, ice cream sundaes, and a movie on the big screen! After they were good and sugared up, I worked as much energy out of them with lots of wrestling on the couch, games of tag and hide-n-seek, and lots and lots and LOTS of giggles...it was GREAT FUN!!! When it was time to settle down for the night, we put them all in sleeping bags in the gameroom and left them alone with Cinderella for the remainder of the evening. Believe it or not, the girls actually got some sleep, though probably not as much as they are used to on a normal night.
In the morning, the girls got in a good round of cartoons, Lucky Charms, and playing house before their parents came to get their tired little angels. There was no rest for the weary Joneses, however, as we had to run out the door to get Eliot to a princess party thrown for one of her friends' birthdays. She had a blast, of course, dressing up like a princess and playing with all of the other little girls!
After a trip to the NICU and a little bit of rest time, Casey and I got to go out on our first real date in who knows how long. Casey's mom and brother came to town (Uncle Kyle's first visit to see the babies!) and they entertained Eliot for the night while Casey and I did some shopping and fine dining at The Domain in Austin. What a night we had! Good wine, good food, and good conversation about what was, what is, and what's to come in this oh so boring life of ours!!! This was without a doubt one of my best birthday's ever!