Saturday, October 07, 2006


This evening we had accepted two separate party invitations for two different events. We didn't necessarily plan on staying too long at either party and therefore, decided not to get a babysitter. Elaina was a busy-body most of the day and much to our dismay, was only able to afford herself about a 30 minute nap. This became evident approximately the same time we had to leave for our first party which was an after-the-wedding-wedding-reception. One of the "senior" members from Eric's bowling team had invited us to join them at their wedding reception. ( I think they got married in September) Elaina held in pretty strong and looked just like a doll in her little autumn themed dress from grandma. (I'm still kicking myself for not getting a picture !)

Throughout dinner, she ate minimal food and her eyelids became heavier by the minute. Luckily, the noise from the guests that echoed throughout the facility drowned out any urge for her to make any noise herself. Apparently she recognized that we wouldn't be able to hear her anyhow. (Get the picture how loud it was there ?) After enjoying a wonderful meal, visiting at our table and well wishes to the newleyweds, we headed for round 2.

As I strapped Elaina into her carseat, Eric and I both said "Night-night" fully believing and intending for her to fall asleep during our 20 minute drive to the next party. To our amazement, she stayed awake and didn't make a peep. We joined the next party to celebrate the birthday of my friend from work who had turned 50. Betty's family had planned a fabulous (and successful) surprise party with all of her friends and extended family. We arrived after the party was underway and missed her surprise. Again, since we didn't plan to stay long, we weren't discouraged to bring Elaina along with us. We explained that we were just stopping in after a wedding reception and Elaina was of course, part of our package. No one seemed to mind and Betty picked her up and showed her off to all of her guests. (Elaina likes Betty) Elaina must have gotten her second wind as she proved to be quite the entertainer and stole the second half of the show. She played peek-a-boo with her dress, talked in her monster voice that daddy taught her, answered questions on que and was completely charming the entire hour that we stayed. Way to make your mama proud Elaina ! Although she was the only kid at the party, she was absolutely welcomed and adored by all. Melt, melt, melt ... I love that girl !

1 Welcome Comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi again, well it was surely a surprise when we called you from Disney and Mickey Mouse to invite you all to lunch with us there. We were waiting for the Mickey Mouse big parade to start. We stayed for the parade, but left about 4:30 but before the 9:00 p.m. fireworks. All for now. Grandpa Wade