Daughter #1 turns 11 in two weeks, and we're only now
working out the details of her party. We didn't want to throw a lot of money at it (but as it ends up, we probably will be), and initially she was just going to have 3 of her friends come for a sleep-over. Well, we've added a small party at American Girl Place for them (and The Wife), while I take Daughter #2 up to Chuck E Cheese to get her out of the way. She will be included on Sunday, though when #1 and another
of her friends go back to A.G.P. to have their dolls' hair "done" at the "salon" and to see the stage show. Oddly enough, I
did all the "legwork" on setting this up, although I suspect (hope) The Wife will be the accompanying parent on both of those expeditions! We still haven't triangulated what we're going to be doing on her actual birthday (Saturday), but I guess most of it will be trying to put the place back together after the sleep-over, opening up her prizes, and going out to eat or something.
#1 came up with a list of what she hoped to get for her birthday, with the top item being that Robosapien V2 robot thing ... I told her that was highly unlikely to happen, as it costs two hundred bucks
! However, some of the other stuff (like ice skates for her A.G. doll ... under $10) is more doable. I kept thinking it would be so cool, however, if they had bought Pete Shelley's tune Homosapien
to promote the Robosapien ... lines like "And I'm Homosapien like you"
could easily be turned into "it's the Robosapien V2"
... but I'm guessing the song was just too damned gay
for pushing a toy!
I'm wondering how the Chuck E Cheese side-trip is going to go. I actually like
going up there with both
of The Girls as they will disappear with the tokens and I can sit and read (yes, the chaos up there is just intense enough that it, effectively, become "white noise" and I find it easy to dive into a book). However, I suspect that #2 will be wanting me to play the games with her (she is, after all, still only 6), so I might end up as exhausted as we're hoping she'll
be by the time we get back!
We have a whole week with the little darlings coming up ... their school is "emancipated" from the Chicago Public School system and is able to tweak their calendar, which they did to create a full week off for Thanksgiving. While this certainly has its good points (for those who are going out of town, especially), it means that we're looking at Big Time Chaos around here! Hopefully we'll survive (sort of like Iggy Pop's line "Gonna have some Fun Time, might get killed").