We kicked off the celebrations with afternoon tea at their favorite tea shop. They oohed and ahhed over the lavender-honey spoons and fancy china. It was hard to decide on the perfect cuppa, but they went with a lovely Lavender Earl Grey and a Swiss White Truffle Rooibos. Joel was fascinated by the tea light candles under the tea pots. Then they brought out the tiered tea tray with fancy little sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and apricot jam, biscuits (cookies) and tarts. Their favorites were the little butterfly sandwiches of pumpkin bread with a mascarpone filling, although the curried chicken salad was a big hit with Ariana. We savored each crumb! At the end, they brought out special dark-chocolate dipped gingerbread men.
The next day, Carlos surprised us all with a little getaway using our hotel points. The weather has been cold and gray here, and the indoor pool was the best present the kidlets could have gotten! They had a marvelous time swimming, and since Amaya considers herself allergic to water, she and I snuggled in bed and watched Food Network. (She is the only one of the kidlets who hates baths. The others have always enjoyed it, and Elena begs me to wash her hair every day!).
|The birthday kids|