Sunday, 5. December 2010 3:59
Ellie knocked this one out of the park! Although we’ve attended numerous gatherings at (not to mention lived with) my cousin’s, I have learned (the hard way) that detailed prep work is where it’s at. I was unable to gather the photos of all in attendance, so a couple of hours before the party, I relied on my buddies Fisher and Price. I dragged out the house and all the people I could find, including the vintage pieces I had as a kid.
I set all of this up on the floor and started with our family driving over, getting out of the car, knocking on the door, and mimicking the chaos of the dogs going bonkers, the loud hellos and big hugs and chatter and clinking of glasses and where we would sit and what we would talk about and what we would eat and how things would smell and how we might eat some more and have dessert and talk again in different rooms and then maybe play games and get our coats on and tell everyone goodbye and go home and pass out.
Ellie didn’t take her eyes off of this five minute presentation. When I was finished, she wanted me to do it again. She watched with equal intensity. She asked for seven repeat performances and I obliged. On the eighth, however, my heiney had fallen asleep on the hardwood floor and I needed the assistance of all adults present. After I got up, she played with it all. This is miraculous in two ways. One, she didn’t miss a single detail and two, it was the first time she’s ever played with the house and people on her own.
We had such a great time. Ellie even played a dice game with us, waited her turn (and there were eight of us), rolled the dice, picked out the ones she was supposed to without being reminded and passed the cup. It was like sitting next to my Grandma at the retirement home. She was that cute!