First order of business? Strom the hallway to see if they could mess up T1's room, which he had guarded with this:
|You can't see it, but the sign says, "Keep Out! Boys Only!|
Their enthusiasm in creating salt dough ornaments was beyond intense. They were ninja warriors, wielding balls of kneaded dough like nunchucks The concept of "less is more" was completely lost on their "more, more, more" little girly-ness. The disks of dough were etched, poked, impaled, and razed so much that some girls needed to start over just to get one on the cookie sheet.
The decibel level really started to rise when the cupcake decorating began. All of a sudden, when sugar was involved, voices got more shrill, like squawking crows. "I want chocolate! I need pink frosting! Pass the cherries! I NEED CHOCOLATE!!" Decorating icing, sanding sugar, and sprinkles were pooled all over the table, and not so much on the cupcake. Ultimately, the girls took to rolling their 2nd and 3rd frosted creations in the dregs of the abandoned sugar not worthy to find its way to the original, more decoration-savvy first cupcake.
And one by one, as they started to leave at the end of the day, the house got quieter and quieter. DG came home after taking T1 on a playdate away from all the girls, and he said, "Why is the music on so loud?" "Because it's an 8-year-old's birthday party, and it got LOUD." That, or it's 1965 and I'm trying to hear it above the screaming for John, Paul, George and Ringo.
But above all, T2 had the time of her life. She was Queen Bee, with all the drones buzzing around her. This is her element. It was all for her--not shared with her twin--not compromised to accommodate other friends or people's feelings. She could take it all in. And that's what birthday parties are for.
I hope she remembers this party when she grows up. I still remember the cake at my 6th birthday, and I marvel now at how my mom was able to know exactly what I needed to feel special. T2 was special today, and now, as my ears are still ringing and I can almost feel how good the beckoning bed will feel, I am happy to have made her feel so.