Saturday, January 28, 2012

It was her day.

Last Saturday. And it was. The coldest, windiest day we have yet experienced in Doha. I wore a shirt, a sweater, a jacket... and bare feet. At one point, our pizza even flew away.

But it was her day. And she didn't care. In fact, she loved every minute of it.

Can you tell?

Final cake preparations the evening before were intense. I have realized that when it comes to moms, there are two very black and white camps in the world of birthday celebrations : those who love planning parties, making decorations, and organizing games and activities, and those who are stressed by every last detail, wishing they could sit back, put up their feet, and let all those in the first camp take care of the work.

Guess which side I belong to?

Putting on final touches before going out Friday night. She wanted a princess birthday cake, and I'll be damned if I wasn't going to make her one. Look at the intensity! The sheer focus!!

There she is, in all her glory. Kaiya helped me put on all the beads and sparkles in the end, but she definitely ate double the amount that actually made it on to the cake.

The actual party was simple. After all that cake stress, it's all this mama could muster. ;) We gathered at our favourite park, Dahl Al Hammam and watched the kids while they ate and played (and tried to keep all the food and presents from flying away.)

My favourite part was when we sang to Kaiya. We couldn't light the candles because of the wind, but oh how she loved being sung to! Just as everyone began singing, she stole me a look, placed her hand on my leg, and kept it there for the song. It was the best feeling in the world. Kind of an "I'm growing up, but I still need you" gesture. These sweet moments remind me why I'm so happy to be her mom.

All in a row, enjoying the cake.
Larissa and Caleb.
Sweet Adrian, her best boy buddy.

And Laura, Adrian's sister.

Playing in the sand with her best buddy, Kylee.

Hey you, what surprises do you have in store for your mom and dad this year? Will you continue to amaze us with your storytelling, with all the big words you pull out every day, with your amazing, booty-shaking dance moves? What will 4 be like? How will you grow and change? 


Suzanne said...

Wow! What great pictures. I love all the colour, the moments, the friends and the beautiful cake! You did well Kathy. Love you.

Anonymous said...

Very lively pictures happy Kaiya , we also loved the pictures from Dave party , and so much alcohol in dry Qatar ? Love your top , earings , ring . Nothing new here . Call sometimes . Love Mom

Tracie said...

You forgot the part about Kaiya telling us that the princess cake had a gown. "Gown" she explained is the spanish word for "dress". And she informed us that she DOES speak spanish. And this princess was definitely "engowned". (What 4 year old puts together a word like 'engowned'??)
She was thrilled about that cake Kathy. Way to go. The time and effort and stress were all worth it!

mariaborito said...

What a clever girl! Kath, love your epxression. The intensity! Also love the line of kids eating their cake. What a joy to have summer in the winter! Mika wishes she could have a picnic for her birthday!

Fatima said...

It's hard to believe Kaiya is four already. I love these posts because it makes us feel as if we are right there celebrating with you. Kaiya is lucky to have such a wonderful mom in you Kathy. And, although trying to plan the best birthday ever sometimes adds stress it's that one touch or look that ends up making it all worth it in the end. It's those spectacular moments that you will cherish forever. We miss you three.