It’s been a whole year since Mami was whisked off to hospital in an ambulance as Rikuto made a rather dramatic entrance into the world. Boy, they sure grow up fast!
We took the little “Person of Continents” to our local shopping center to have a really cheapskate party in front of the birthday party goods in the toy section.
He then went for a ride in a flashy, red sports car!
After he drove us home, we had a video conferencing party with Granny and Grandad Don Don, and somehow Rikuto managed to blow out the candles on a cake in England!
Blowing out a candle in another continent is one thing, but his grandmother couldn’t get the cake down the telephone line and Rikuto got a bit upset. Fortunately, we had a cake of our own for him.
At the end of the day, our little one-year old was quite content with his first birthday.
For his family on the other side of the world who haven’t been able to watch hime grow up quite as we have, here’s a video compilation of footage from July 2008. It’s quite long, so you might want to make a cup of tea first.
The next year should be very exciting as Ricky learns to walk and talk! Stay tuned for more updates.
This last week has been pretty hectic. The weekend was dominated by Christmas parties with my school’s children’s party on Saturday, another school’s party on Sunday morning, and a party for my adult students on Sunday night.
The first party was a bit crazy. There were about 45 kids and we played all kinds of games including pass the parcel, cake walk, Christmas fruit basket and bingo, and managed to find time for some food and drinks, too. The two highlights were the boy who downed four cups of soda and threw up on the floor, and the seemingly drunk Santa Claus who belched in to the microphone and told the kids his favorite food was reindeer meat! Since ‘Santa’ might be reading this, I better assure you that he wasn’t really drunk… he was just having a little too much fun.
The second party the next morning was relatively problem free with the staff doing a great job. Most of the 50 kids were younger than those the previous day and seemed to get into the silliness of it all much better. I tell you, most of my kids are just too ‘cool’ to have fun, but these little guys had a great time. Santa behaved himself too, so the children went home with their dreams intact.
The adult party was a much smaller affair with about a dozen of my students coming out to the Italian Asian (?) restaurant I had reserved. There were a great mix of personalities and fun was had by all. We went to town on the bingo prizes with something for everyone, and most of the prizes cost more than the price of the party itself! Since I was drinking, I crashed on the school floor, only to wake up at about 5am freezing my goolies off.