An Awesome Day

My daughter’s birthday party went very well. We had 20+ people at our little house. Luckily it was sunny and we were able to have the party in our back yard. Everyone was very generous and my daughter got some really nice gifts. It was fun to see all her little friends, though they were hard to tell apart from behind, as they all have roughly the same colored blonde hair and are all around the same height.

It was also fun watching the little two-year-olds “play together”, as they don’t really play together. Rather, they play beside each other, each one doing her own thing.  So funny.

One quick story.  We had all the gifts on the lawn for my daughter to open.  The video camera was trained on her.  We called her over to begin unwrapping gifts when all of a sudden she spied a Winnie the Pooh umbrella in one of the gifts.  It took all of our might to get her to concentrate on the other gifts.  She just wanted to run around the yard with the umbrella!  Oh well.

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Just a quick follow-up on my post from Friday about the 18-year-old kid with cancer. They reported in the Post-Gazette today that the Pittsburgh Penguins invited him to go to their playoff game last night, which has been sold out since the tickets were first on sale. He was also able to meet Hall of Famer and Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, Dan Rooney (owner of the Steelers), and Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger.

Here’s a video of his visit. Here’s a link to a follow-up story about John Challis, which talks about the attention he’s received in the week since the article was published. He was also voted King of his High School’s prom.