The party favors, cake mix, cake pan, and most of the Wilton section of a Michael's store arrived today, courtesy of our party planner and invitation-maker, Auntie (Dr.) Shannon. I am not sure whether we had more fun opening all of the packages or she had a better time making the purchases.
Oh, and yes, the invitations have arrived! If possible, they are even cuter than in the picture. They were shipped by Global Priority Mail and arrived within 7 days. So, if you have nothing that Icelandic Customs* might want to taste/borrow, feel free to send it to our actual doorstep.
Kelsey also received a package with an actual gift in it! Okay, she received two (the Birthday Box is here, Dad & G), but she won't see the others til her birthday; one wrapped gift is a suspiciously-Barbie like box and could be quite telling.
So, I let her look at the gift from Shannon, Mark & Sandy. She looked and then when asked promptly put on the table for next week. She didn't shake it or play with the bows (a la Jen & Caitlin) or state affirmatively that she knows exactly what was inside (Pete) or eat the ribbon and then yak it all over the floor (Bailey). Nope, she put it on table and is perfectly content to wait until the big day. Frankly, if she didn't look so much like I did as a young'un, we might worry.
Then again, she spent this evening cleaning up the entire den for me without so much as me asking her to pick up one toy. Hmmm....
In other news, Caitlin is doing well in her enrichment class. Since she is still two years + ahead in literacy and one of the few native English speakers, she is pulled out each week for enrichment in said subject. Her first project was a two page report on ther topic of choice. Her older classmate chose Hilary Duff while Caitlin picked Velociraptors.
We did not realize just how 'heavy' the topic was until we sat down with her last week. Most of the research was more on an upper high school level. She ended up shortening the paper slightly, but 6 plus hours later, it was complete. She proudly typed every word, including more Latin than should be legal for a third grade report.
As it turned out, her enrichment class was canceled today due to the teacher being ill. Berta, Caitlin's new homeroom teacher, thoughtfully let her share the report with her classmates. The entire class listened, asked questions and even the boys really were into the discussion, thanks to the dinosaur theme.
*liquids, hard to find clothing, pharmaceuticals of any kind, any items someone in Customs might need for their own personal use....