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May 28, 2006
A Birthday Party With A Missing Guest

We celebrated the Little Admiral's fourth birthday today, along with our son's 22nd birthday, making for a special father-daughter party. Last year, the LA wanted an Incredibles party, but this year she wanted a Princess theme. Since she is the first and only grandchild on both sides of her family, we were happy to oblige, and probably overoblige. (Hey, what are grandparents for, anyway?)

However, I'm glad to report that she never fails to appreciate all of the attention she gets, and hasn't let it spoil her -- a testament to my son and daughter-in-law. Even after a long day of swimming and an almost endless parade of presents, she still had enough delight in hearing everyone sing Happy Birthday for this moment:

We all had to wear that tiara at some point during the day, by the way.

Unfortunately, the First Mate could not be with us today, making this the second time in four years that she has missed the LA's birthday party by being in the hospital. She's doing a little bit better, but this is going to just take a long time regardless. I had our granddaughter talk to the FM on my cellphone and they had a long chat talking about all of the fun at the party. That perked up the FM's spirits quite a bit.

I hope all of you are having a happy holiday with your families!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 28, 2006 9:55 PM

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