A Very (Mr.) Happy Birthday

29 Nov

I was feeling a bit low last Friday. Our two weeks of holiday were coming to an end and I really would have loved to have another week (or 3) off. But by Sunday I was looking forward to resuming lessons and trying out Song School Latin.

Saturday was Esa’s seventh birthday. I decided to throw him a real party. In the past we’ve either done something as just the three of us; stayed home, ordered pizza, and watched a movie; or just had a cousin or two over to play for a bit. I’ve always made him a cake and made a fuss over him, but he’s never had a real party.

It was, however, still a modest affair as birthday parties go. We played pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey (homemade), musical chairs (which made me a little uncomfortable because I don’t like games where children get “out”…they always look so sad, and it’s supposed to be a party after all…), pass-the-parcel, and the piece de resistance: a piñata (again, painstakingly homemade.) The piñata was filled with fantastic goodies: party crackers, mini Mars bars, Kinder hippos, Pop Rocks, chocolate coins, Love Hearts, and loads more.

The piñata took nearly an  hour to bust. Initially, the children were blindfolded and allowed 3 swings (they were allowed to feel for it first). After each child had had 2 or 3 goes, we did away with the blindfold. At one point, the piñata broke away from the string, and the children shouted with joy, but my husband, who was enjoying it more than anyone, shouted, “Wait! It’s not open! I’ll reattach the string and you can keep bashing it!”


So, the fun went on for another 30  minutes. By the time the piñata was well and truly busted, the stick they used to bash it was broken and those poor kids barely had the strength to gather up the goodies.

Not really. The sight of chocolate was like reviving salts- they dove after the stuff.

As I’ve mentioned before, Esa loves Mr. Men. We decided to do a Mr. Men-themed party, so we had plates, cups, napkins, and banners all in Mr. Men. He requested carrot cake, which I iced and decorated with Mr. Happy, his favourite Mr. Man.  He also received a Mr. Happy mug, a SpongeBob calendar, a Lego annual, Tonka trucks, some money, and agamefor thexboxthathegotfromhisdadandIknowIsaidI’dneverallowhimtohaveonebut theyworemedownandreallyhe’sbeenveryrestrainedandI’mnotallowinghimto playittoomuchsopleasedon’tshootmeeventhoughI’mahypocrite.


Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Family Life, Milestones, Second Grade, Time off


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12 responses to “A Very (Mr.) Happy Birthday

  1. Elsie Hickey Wilson

    November 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday, Dear Esa!
    Happy Birthday to you!

    Learn a lot this year!
    Create a lot this year!
    Play a lot this year!
    Grow a lot this year!
    Have fun all year!

    Lots of love,

    • whimsyway

      November 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

      Thank you, Elsie. 🙂

  2. Suji

    November 29, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I remembered too early and now I’m too late LOL. Happy happy 7th birthday dearest Isa! Hope you will be able to play with the game you’re not allowed to play too much with a little now and then although I understand exactly where your mom is coming from! (Phew…I managed to say that in one breath but it took me 3 breaths to read how your mom wrote it!)

    Hugs from CA

    • whimsyway

      November 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

      Lol. 🙂 Thanks, Suji. 🙂

  3. Kez

    November 30, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Happy birthday Mr Esa!!! Sounds like a fun party! (I’m glad its not just me that doesn’t like musical chairs because someone misses out!)

    • whimsyway

      November 30, 2010 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks, Kez. You, too, huh? 🙂

  4. sravani

    November 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Happy Birthday to Esa! He is 7 already…..
    That was a wonderful party and great pics!!!

    • whimsyway

      December 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      I know; time sure flies! Thanks, Subadra.

  5. Neo

    November 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Wow. Happy Birthday, Esa! Sounds like a great party!

    • whimsyway

      December 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      It sure was. Thanks, Neo. 🙂

  6. kaitlin

    December 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

    • whimsyway

      December 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      Sometimes spam makes me laugh.


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