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10:41 am: gr8@8
So we got through Teddy's birthday party. We went back to the movies this year; we saw "The Rise of the Guardians" with 9 of Teddy's friends. No adults stayed this time, so it was lots cheaper but also a bit more hectic. As with The Frog Princess, I'll need to see the movie again because I missed parts here and there as I did bathroom runs with the kids.

Our host said it was the calmest, nicest party group he'd ever worked with. Maybe he was angling for a tip (which he got, and seemed genuinely surprised by), but it could've been true. They were mostly really good.

Teddy does have a couple of friends who are talkers. One in particular seemed to have a running commentary going through the movie. Fortunately, he was sitting next to another kid who's very responsible and who did a good job of shushing him.

After singing, cake, and ice cream, we did some word games (find the words in this word, word search, and a crossword). We made contests out of them, which kept the more, erm, active kids involved. We were able to avoid opening gifts at the party (a disaster at the last one).

I do believe we had kick-ass gift bags, with Lego mini-figures, stamps, and finger lights.

It seemed to work out just fine. In fact, Teddy declared it his party ever.

:phew:

Sadly, my family's all sick, so it was just the 3 of us for the birthday itself. It was still fun and perhaps a smidge more productive. I made Teddy write a thank-you note for a party gift before opening a family gift. So the notes are done and mostly delivered (one girl is new to his school, so her address isn't in last year's book; for reasons that are unclear, they still haven't published this year's book).

It was a quiet day, but mostly a pleasant one. Peter worked in the afternoon, so Teddy built his Hobbit Lego while I finished reading the book to him. Then we watched the original Willy Wonka on TV (all the commercials - COMMERCIALS! EGADS! - were for perfumes, makeup, and home goods, to my perpetual surprise), had Taco Bell for dinner (Teddy's choice, of course), and read The Journey to the Center of the Earth before bed.

All in all, a good weekend.

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From:xtingu
Date:December 25th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
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Wow! Just you with 9 kids-- great job! Glad to hear everything went well!

I'm relatively new to your blog... can I ask why Teddy didn't open his gifts in front of everyone? I haven't been to a kid birthday party in decades, so I don't know if this is typical for parties today, or unique to your sitch. I love learning how some things are exactly the same as when we were kids, and other things are so different.

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From:katehaney
Date:December 27th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)

me 'n' Peter

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So there were 2 adults - and there was one parent who watched with a sibling in the back, then joined us for cake & games afterwards; she helped a lot for that part. But it was, erm... suboptimal for movie enjoyment, shall we say?

The reason for not opening the gifts is that kids are little fuckin' monsters. It's about a 25-75 split around here for opening or not opening gifts at a party, and it's almost always a disaster when they do.* Other kids want to do the opening or feel left out, the birthday child or someone else says something tactless, people get overwhelmed. Horrible. So I was determined to avoid it. DONE. LEVEL UP.


* Significantly worse with a high ratio of boys to girls. Dunno if it's because parents expect less of boys (re: manners) and they live up to expectations, or because boys are actually more competitive or aggressive or something.
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From:xtingu
Date:December 27th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)

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"....kids are little fuckin' monsters."

HA! Yeah, what is it about presents that make other kids all Lord of the Flies?


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From:katehaney
Date:December 27th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)

innate avarice?

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No idea, but it's a certainty.
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