VP Trish: Another Birthday Celebration!

Baby Ryan!

My Ryan had a birthday this week; our boy is 9! His celebration usually involves a trip to the movies, shopping, lunch out, browsing at Barnes & Noble and a day trip to Geneva.

We did have a very successful shopping trip to Ross. Ryan is his Nonni’s boy; he loves shoes! Later that day, we went to lunch. There weren’t many of us in the restaurant, which was fine with me!

The celebration took place at our house. Ryan’s theme was a combination – his love for cars (Maserati, Bugatti, Lamborghini) so it was Hot Wheels, but he also wanted a VIP reception.

Ryanna helped me convert my family room to a VIP Lounge with candles, balloons, Christmas lights, a mirror ball and special lighting. Ryanna had her invitation-only guest list as she greeted visitors at the door. Upon verifying their identification, she opened the barrier (decorated with the black and white checkered flag print) to allow access.

We had soft pretzels, cupcakes and apple cider. While inside we played Simon Says, pin the tail on the donkey and drop a clothespin into the milk bottle (no one else in my family knew what I was talking about (including John!)).

Daddy (Jim) and Gaga (John) joined us for dinner which was pizza followed by more fun. We played wiffle ball, Simon says (again!), water balloon toss (as I was telling all that John and I are much more experienced in these silly games, I broke a balloon while trying to catch it. I was drenched from my neck to knees! All were quite amused!). Of course, the egg toss and this time, Ryanna threw a low toss so when Gaga went to catch it, the egg broke filling his sock with egg!

Ryanna helped me decorate Ryan’s cake to look like a drag strip! The favors were hot wheels pencils, glow sticks, and erasers. Ryanna loves to help – passing out the favors, serving everyone their pizza and also their cake.

It was another fun filled day/evening simply enjoying ourselves. It is cool also that my grandkids are having so much fun doing what I used to do. When I was a kid, my brothers and I played wiffle ball in the middle of the street with our neighbors, the Pawlowski’s (they are why I am a Falcon) every spring/summer evening when the weather cooperated. Every birthday party, we played pin the tail on the donkey and clothespin drop; this was prior to crafts and renting out a place for a birthday party.

Again, making the best out of the current situation and having so much fun! Happy 9th Birthday to my very special baby boy!

Now my wheels are spinning regarding the Polar Express in my family room!!!

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It is a bit chilly this morning, but so pleasant!

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VP Trish: Birthday Celebrations!

Ordinarily, Ryanna and I (we) celebrate her birthday for a week. We go shopping a few times, a couple lunches, a trip to Washington County Fair, a movie and then the best, High Tea at the Westin William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh (site of the 2012 PFA National Convention).

Obviously, movie theaters are closed and the fair was cancelled. We did meet her Gaga for lunch one afternoon after a brief shopping trip to a small mall (am surprised this place is still open, it’s rarely busy there even prior to the COVID!).

We decided to hold things here at our house. The theme was Nightmare Before Christmas! The kids and Jaylyn came over at noon to have our tea. Ryanna was thrilled because I did find a loose tea strainer but the best were the sugar cubes! We had tea (several choices), ate silly little sandwiches and a few crumpets for dessert (cookies, carrot cake and biscuits). We had tea cups, tea pots, cloth napkins, flowers (from her Gaga) and fun.

Later in the day, her Gaga (John) and Dad joined us for dinner. Gaga cooked Ryanna’s favorite chicken along with mashed potatoes and corn. Ryanna requested an ice cream cake (I also had to bake a cake for Ryan.). Ryanna gave everyone a small jade plant as a favor and had a list of activities for us.

The front yard and porches were decorated. The canopy was set up; balloons were everywhere along with other decorations, and lights were hung on the side porch and the lamppost.

First, we played musical chairs (Ryanna won!). Then we did the egg toss (John and I won), then the balloon toss (which John and I lost on the first toss), kids won, then cornhole (one of Ryanna’s requests for a gift). Dad (Jim) and the kids played wiffle ball and hung on the dome. The day and evening were perfect. (Reminds me of a Falcon Nest picnic!)

Funny how we thought we were making the best of a bad situation and ended up deciding that this was the best birthday celebration yet! Happy 8th Birthday to my very special baby girl!

Would love to hear how you are modifying plans these days!

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