Wednesday, 3 June 2009

And Now He is 6

I'm sitting in front of my computer with a glass of wine, watching the sun set over Mont Blanc with the satisfied feeling that today I was a good parent (those positive parenting moments occur so infrequently). J turned 6 today and we celebrated with a party attended by a dozen of his classmates in our back garden.

Thankfully and unlike last year, the weather was perfect - sunny, hot and around 26c. C2, was unable to take the time off to assist as he had some long-standing important meeting scheduled today (a likely story - coward!), fortunately, my mum more than took up the slack.
This year's theme was Disney in keeping with our visit to Disneyland Paris a month or so ago. C2 rendered a perfect life-size Mickey Mouse face in support of our 'Colle-le-nez-sur-Mickey' game, a variation of the Canadian classic 'Pin-the-tail-on-the-Donkey'. Sounds simple enough, but explaining the game in detail entirely in french is not so simply done. However, they got the general idea and the game was a hit.

Popping the kids champagne - always popular

The game 'Statues' went over well too (thank you Hannah Montana and your 'Hoedown Throwdown'), as did wacking the heck out of the packed-to-the-brim 'Pirates of the Caribbean' pinata. Still, the bulk of the time was joyfully spent by this group of six-year olds on the trampoline, the swings, and at the sandbox; nice that the classics still have appeal.

I don't know how my darling boy got to be 6 but he is beautiful, thriving, confident, well-adjusted, assertive, and healthy, and I am one grateful and happy mother.


Jen said...

happy happy birthday to a wonderful big boy; so sorry we didn't get a card to him for today! hugs and kisses, J&J&N&C

Sher said...

Happy birthday Jack!!

You're right, you're not a good parent. You get up everday and give it your best shot - that makes you a great parent, the sort of parent every child needs, regardless of how the day plays out.

I'm sure our mother's didn't question themselves half as much as our generation does. They relied on instinct and common sense for the most part and we all turned out fine, right? RIGHT??

Mighty Mom said...

Happy Birthday J!!!! Keep watching the mail box. A little something from the Mightys is on its way. We love and miss you so much!

Emma, Mouse, the Captain and Mrs. Melissa

Jawahara said...

Awww...Happy Birthday J. Great pics! Here's to the most interesting, and considerate 6-year old around. his very cool mom....hope you've recovered well. I'm sure it was the best party ever.