Woody's Birthday 'feast with the Gruffalo'

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beep. Beep.  Beep.  It is 4.50am and that is Justin's alarm set for a workday at home.  It is not a workday and he is not at home.  He is at my house.  Annoying.

 Elwood wakes and comes and joins Noah and me camping out on the couch.  It is crowded.  He sees his birthday present and literally stops in his tracks, his mouth wide open and his eyes as wide as saucers.  I tell him that yes, it is his birthday present, there is no point in denying it.  But I also tell him it is not his actual birthday until the sun comes up.  He accepts this (I did not think he would!) and the 3 of us snuggle down on the sofa.  Even in the half light and Woody closing his eyes to try and get to sleep, I can see he is just smiling his face off.

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  It is 5am and that is my alarm.  I planned to get up early and get some cooking done before Woody wakes up.  I can’t get up or Woody will get up with me and I want him to sleep longer.  So we snuggle uncomfortably.

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  It is 5.30am and that is Noah’s alarm. He wanted to get up early and do stuff.  He switches of his alarm and he doesn’t get up.

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  It is 5.40am.  Turns out he did not turn his alarm off, he just pressed snooze. 

Peace at last.  We doze.  (Although still uncomfortably.)

And in the quiet, we hear voices.  Justin and the girls are awake.  Woody is up like a shot and running down the hallway looking for Uncle Justin so he can tell them about his birthday present.  He is delighted to show Shea his behemoth train table.  The two of them play happily with the trains. 

Noah and I are like zombies on the sofa.  So, so tired and I feel like someone snuck in in the night and poked me in the eyeballs about 200 times.  Like an angel in Pj’s and slippers, the mothership delivers us heavenly tea.  Noah and I wake up a little and sort of limp into action.

I go into the kitchen and get some chocolate cake topping on the go, and make the scones.  I duck in and out of the lounge room with my big bowl of scone mix so I can see the present opening

Woody is delighted with all of his presents.  Remote controlled truck and flying helicopter from Uncle Justin, a metal detector from Super Grandma, an amazing twirling pasta fork from the Bush-Hollidays, a gorgeous rex the dinosaur fleece from Joycee1-2-3-4-5, a book about him from the awesomestows, some much longed for and instantly loved books from nannypapa and (hopefully) some new favourites from Noah and I.  Woody is over the moon.  Completely.

So, imagine his surprise when he goes into the kitchen to see Shea and Skye playing with a toy kitchen, with a stocked pantry.  He cannot believe it.  He just loves play kitchens and this IKEA one from NannyPapa is an instant hit.

Back in the kitchen the scones work out beautifully, I wreck the icing, and Mum and I wrap 48 cheerios in ketchup, cheese and then pizza dough. 

Then I redo the icing and ice the cake.  I also ice 24 cupcakes - all decorated with Gruffalo-ness.  I am chuffed with it. 

The fellas set up the chairs and table outside, this is a massive faff but I won’t bore you with the details.  The fellas take the kids to Little Kickers and Mum and I crack on.

Next Mum makes 24 fruit rockets and we make bags of 'poisonous warts’ and ‘gruffalo crumble’  and wrap the hot dogs/’roasted fox’ and put together the ‘feasts’.  Excellent

We then decorate the tables outside, hang bunting and pretty much get outside sorted.  I also trip over the back door steps and hurt my calf, knee, forearm and wrist.  I feel this is an excellent effort on my part.  The fall is a result of inappropriate footwear.  Sadly, not in a glamorous ‘killer heel’ way.  More in a socks and moccasin mule way.  I lie on the steps for a bit to work out how hurt I am and if I am going to cry.  Turns out I am okay, I do not cry, and the motherships gets me back to my feet.  

We finish the decorating and get ready and put some makeup on so I look less sleep deprived.  The fellas come back and Noah finishes decorating the garden, sorts the music, and makes a trail of gruffalo paw prints.  We are blowing balloons and people arrive.  Let’s gets this show on the road...

More and more people arrive.  With presents.  Big presents, piled high.  We put on the Gruffalo audio book and wait for all the kids to arrive.  The kids love listening to the story.  At the end, we start our hunt for Gruffalo.  All the children traipse through the backyard and they really love the ‘hunt’. We find all the characters, and finally, the gruffalo.  We play lots of Gruffalo themed games and decorate gruffalo biscuits and then we take a break for lunch. 

The children seem to love the food and get stuck straight into it.  This makes me super happy.  The kids then eat ice cream, fruit rockets, and scrambled snakes as well as their 'gruffalo feasts'.

The kids play for a bit, we have a game of pass the parcel, and then it is time for cakes and the ‘happy birthday’.  Woody loves his cake and loves the singing – he says this was the best part of the day. 

The children play some more and then it is party bags and farewells. Mum and Justin head off too.   And then there is the tidying up, and then flopping on the sofa, then opening a trillion presents, and then cleaning up some more.  Noah and I are shattered, so we conserve energy by walking in slow motion.  But we keep going; tidying up etc seems to take all afternoon in between playing and eating biscuits.  The boys play with bubbles and I put Elwood’s new toys away, but secretly just enjoying sorting the cupboards in his toy kitchen.

We sort of watch a movie but Elwood is distracted by the trillion presents.  I make Woody dinner, sausages and scrambled egg.  It is like Woody knows I am too tired to manage much more than that! 

After dinner Woody chats to Nannypapa on Skype and tells them all about his party and his presents.  He is very happy.  Sometime this afternoon he has developed a cold and he seems poorly, although he fails to notice this.  I tell him he needs to drink lots of water as it will help him get better.  He replies though watering eyes and very running nose, ‘better from what?’ 

Woody has a bath, puts on his pj’s and returns to the computer to say goodnight to nanny papa.  We read some stories and he falls asleep.  Even when he is sound asleep you can see how happy he is and what a great day he has had.  He falls asleep holding a new book, ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’.

Noah decides he won’t work tonight and we’ll just watch a movie.  But then we decide we’ll just do the blog.  So we download a movie and watch TV whilst it downloads.  I cook dinner, which involves taking things from the freezer and putting them in the oven.  Very good. We have icecream left from the party and it is delicious.

We watch the movie, and we love it, and we work on the blog.  But the tiredness hits me and I just cannot stay awake.  The next thing I know Noah is waking me up.  I am asleep, sitting bolt upright on the sofa and the laptop on my knees.  Turns out I was even too tired for blog and a movie.

So that is it for Woody’s Birthday.  An incredible day.  Elwood had the party he wished for and he just loved having all of his friends at his house.  Elwood loved all his presents and was grateful and good natured.  All of the children who came to the house were an absolute delight.  So many kids but they were all so lovely it was a pleasure to have them at our home.  And we met so many lovely parents.

So we are thoroughly tired but just delighted to have had such a wonderful and memorable day.  We would do it all again in a heartbeat. 

We are also reminded how lucky we are to have each other and Woody.  Happy people.  And happy 4th Birthday Super Elwood.

Sleep tight.  x
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Leonie on

You are SUPERSUPERSUPERSUPER!!!! that was amazing what a fabulous memory you have created for your special little boy! xxxxx

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