Ashlyn turned 10 on January 25th. She was born exactly a month after Christmas, exactly a month after I fell down a whole flight of stairs- face forward…belly down, exactly a month after I spent hours in the emergency room wondering if she was going to be born a month early. That was a lesson about not wearing platform shoes while 8 months pregnant and trying to descend a flight of stairs- not a good mix. Luckily, she stayed a whole month later, days after her due date even which was quite a surprise since Cayden had been born 2+ weeks early. Those last 2 weeks were L-O-N-G! You mean every baby won’t be born early because my first one was? Shocker!
Fast-forward 10 years and here we are. It’s a wonderful place. Ashlyn is so good-natured and kind. I was having a marvelous walk with her one evening as we were walking home from Disneyland…to our hotel… one of those sunset-y moments where any chat is magical and you learn the deepest thought going on in that cute blonde head. I told Ashlyn she was one of the kindest people that I know. She teared up- it was the ultimate compliment- and it’s so true. I don’t know how she does it- it’s inspiring. On my hardest parenting days, she’ll whisk Alison outside and they’ll jump on the trampoline and I’ll hear nothing but giggles. It’s a 10 minute oasis that gets me back on track.
Her family party was early because Matt was going out of town to New York and her friend party was later- the day before we were driving off to Disneyland. So really, it was a full week of partying!
Her friend party was at the Lehi rec center- huge water slide, lazy river, mega bucket that dumps water- perfect! All of the Pitt kids and Jen drove down for the event. The younger crew stayed with my younger crew at the house with a babysitter. Josh and Cayden joined the fun at the pool. Too quickly (and at the same time, it was quite long enough) we went back to our house for presents and dessert. Instead of cake we made two GIANT cookies and filled it with a carton of ice cream. The biggest ice cream sandwich ever created! Genius idea! After the party we walked the full half (or even more than half) of the ice cream cookie sandwich to the Dixons for their family to freeze and finish while we cleaned the house and packed for the trip. Yawn. It was a long, late night which merited not setting the alarm clock for the next morning…. but that is a story for another day.
It was a fabulous party…. and at the same time I’m wondering if we should switch to the every other year friend party schedule. Maybe it’s because I have 2 birthday parties to execute in January and now I have 3 kiddos with birthdays in August. That is a lot of partying! Of course, the night before leaving to Disneyland might have something to do with the exhaustion that I feel just thinking about it 🙂