Today is the day of Chippie’s actual birthday.
I could go into all manner of gushy blah, about how it was the most awesome experience and how much he has changed our world and [insert any other of the hundred million cliches about childbirth here] but there were cupcake to be baked, iced and eaten.
Also, the usual Monday evening affairs, from the cooking of dinner and music and swimming lessons and trying not to yell at the kids again.
Et cetera …
Despite not wanting to, I had baked some sixty cupcakes last evening.
Today, they required icing, so I popped into the school first thing to confirm the time they were needed. Generally, it is around 3.25p.m. however, today they requested it for 1.25p.m.
Lucky I checked, because I’d have just turned up and been really annoyed that I had 60 cupcakes and the kids were all at assembly!
I not only managed to ice them all without incident, and, for the first time ever, without getting any icing on either of my breasts or pants, shoved the remaining lollies I had leftover from the weekend on top, and delivered them to school, just as the rain started to come down like I haven’t seen for some time.
In keeping with the healthy eating policy of the school, the icing was gluten free; although, to be honest, that was unintentional. It just so happened that I noticed the gluten free information on the half-pack I had in my possession. I also suspect that icing is mostly gluten free, anyway, and it was put on there because That’s Just What Marketing Companies Do with whatever the latest health fad is.
(Again, no disrespect to genuine gluten-free-requiring people.)
I also ensured there was an abundance of fruit and green leafies adorning the cupcakes.
Again, more of a coincidence than good planning – it just so happened that I had purchased a pack or two of Party Lollies for the weekend and promptly forgot about them. It also just so happens that there were lots of fruit based lollies in said pack and … well, it all worked out for the best really.
Okay, they may also have featured the odd baby and a dinosaur or two. But it was mostly fruit and leafy stuff.
The signing and cake distribution done, it was off to the pet shop to purchase Chippie’s birthday present; the much coveted goldfish and also if I could buy him a giant T-Rex please?
I bought a fish tank with a T-Rex theme, and five fish; two gold and three teensy little fish and had loads of fun setting it up and decided I’d really prefer to keep it myself because I like fish.
I did find myself sitting and just watching for … I have no idea how long. They just relax me and I could watch them for quite some time.
His arrival home was marked by much, much tantrum as he ascended the stairs, only to be stopped mid “I don’t want to upack my lu ….” when he saw the large, wrapped gift. It was pretty much the box with a few, minor fish tank related items in it.
I do like fucking with my kids heads like that. It’s fun.
A large box, a small net and a gravel cleaning thingo. Oh, and a small thing of fish food.
He was unsure what to make of it, but smiled and appeared delighted like the polite child he can be at times.
His eyes, however, lit up at the sight of the rest of his pressie and he was very happy.
We both sat, quietly, and just watched. It was nice.
Then we ate cupcakes …