I actually enjoyed the party at the bounce house - the time went by pretty quickly and the kids all had fun. All of Autumn's kindergarten class had been invited, and I have never seen such a nice bunch of kids - no one was rowdy, pushed or shoved, and they were so well behaved while having fun at the same time.
This is Ara and me:
Autumn's cake - and ...
Another cake that looked like a pizza but was chocolate with strawberry preserves mixed in. It reminded me of Billy Bob's chocolate cherry cake - at least the blending of the flavors.
There was plenty of Mountain Mike's pizza to eat as well before the opening of the gifts. Today (18th) is her actual 6th birthday.
Ara and I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday and I completed my Christmas shopping. Kids have way more toys and clothes today than I think they need, so I prefer to get books. And before anyone says it, I understand that Amazon and ordering online is cheaper, but I hate to think of the day when that will be the only way a person can shop. For myself, I like to hold things in my hand, see the quality or lack thereof, and just get a feel for whether I think the person (or myself) will like it. And as I've said a hundred times or more, I like to support local businesses that employ local people.
I can't believe there is just one week until Christmas! Mike and his family arrive on Friday evening, and I hope the weather enroute doesn't cause them any delays. I don't know if they are flying nonstop or have to change planes somewhere, which is where timing and a smooth trip can begin to break down.
It's lunch time and I still haven't gotten dressed. The sun will be going down before I know it and I will have missed a beautiful sunny day in Sacramento. I need to enjoy it because I think we are in for another week or rainy showery weather.
Speaking of Sac weather, when I moved here in the 1980's, people told me about the rainy winters. They said "It rains a lot, and you just dress for it and go out in it and do whatever you would like to do. You don't let the rain stop you." And I did just that. But now, 20+ years later, I look at the rain and think "Aw hell, I'm not going out in that mess." I guess I miss a lot.