Which then led to gift time... Marlee got some clothes, some crafts and lots of wonderful attention.
After she went to bed the real work began... decorating that is. Banners, balls and balloons, birthday card banner, and the table set for the morning.
And at the last minute (of course it was around midnight) I was inspired to add pictures of Marlee all over the house. I took out a pile of her photos from my card file (see Stacy Julian LOM) and a number of scrapbook pages I had made of her. I got to bed at 1:11.
And enlisted on the requested scavenger hunt which ended with her pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (she asked for money to go shopping with - together).
We later moved inside for some ice cream cake and cupcakes that the kids decorated...
And finally some pinata time. We had purchased the filling earlier in the week and it was Marlee's favourite activity. It was filled with wrapped candy, granola bars, rice krispie squares, welch's fruit snacks and raisins. A little healthy but all wrapped. (We are still making some concessions regarding the environment).
The older boys were sequestered for the pinata time despite their protests.
Drew and Matt had baseball practice so we went out and rented Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
to finish off the evening. It was a hit.