After the previous post, I feel the need to post something happy.
I am in Bristol today. I am here because of work in Philadelphia. Natalie, Sam and Jake came with me. For me this is a working trip. For them, it is a chance to see my family. We have not seen each other since Natalie and I flew to LA in April. The boys stayed with my parents for that week.
Jacob's fourth birthday was July 23. Tonight we had the Bristol party. There were family members: aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins (both real and might as well be). It was nice to see everyone. And with all the kids, it was a disaster, a wonderful disaster.
Jacob had wanted a knight-themed birthday party. Natalie had ordered party supplies in that theme, but they did not arrive in time (she ended up canceling the order today). Natalie baked a cake, using my mother's Betty Crocker Bake 'N Fill cake pans. The decorated the cake to look like a dragon's den, complete with a knight and dragon fighting (using some of Jake's existing toys).
Jake was also dressed in most of his Halloween costume. He blew out the candles wearing his knight's cape, armor, shield and carying the sword. As soon as I can get the pictures off the camera, I'll put some up. It was cute.
It was nice seeming the people who could be there (being setup reasonable quickly and on a Sunday, not everyone could make it).
I always feel guilty about the people I do not get to see when we travel up here. I'm always too busy with work. Natalie is usually just trying to keep herself and the boys sane. And trying to fit into everyone's schedule is hard.
Of course, it is Bristol, so most everyone is in walking distance.
It was a good night.