When you turn seven years old, celebrating your birthday can turn into a week long, or in our case, month long event. No one in my home is complaining about the never ending birthday soiree that has taken on a life of its own.
The triplets birthday was actually October 2nd. Children who have an October birthday were invited to the Learning and Activity center inside the Market District Giant Eagle for a celebration. All of the kids were truly excited for this day, and they were chomping at the bit to get there. Like you need to twist my arm to drop them off, let them make messy crafts, play games and do puzzles while they are supervised by the team of "teachers" and aides? As if I would pass up the opportunity to have a made to order omelet and a latte by myself while waiting for the kids to finish their party on a Sunday morning?
As I peacefully ate brunch and sipped my cinnamon and brown sugar latte the kids were at their party hosted by Giant Eagle. There was all kinds of pomp and circumstance, including professional face painters. Did I mention that this was free, as in we were guests at the party hosted for the October birthday people? If you are thinking this is mom's of multiples nirvana, you are absolutely correct.
Two and a half hours later, I had cut all the coupons from the Sunday paper, done my grocery shopping and had eaten brunch. BY MYSELF.
I went to pick up the kids from the center and they were not ready to leave. Do you even understand how amazing this is? They wanted more time. They wanted to stay longer. Like I am going to argue with that? Okay, so I shuffled back to the cafe area with my overflowing cart full of groceries and I read Mommie Porn, also known as People Magazine. I got current on the drivel about Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise (yawn) and I saw Kate Middleton's boobies as she sunbathed in France.(whoop-dee friggin do)
When the kids were finally ready to go, I picked up Ironman, a cute puppy, a zebra and a cheetah.
This was the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, if you ask me- or my children. Free childcare, face painting, cupcakes, games and prizes....c'mon Giant Eagle, you had me at hello.
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