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.


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.

6 thoughts on “An Awesome Day

  1. Happy birthday to your darling girl! I remember well that phase when they just don’t really care about presents. That’s a good thing, really!

  2. So glad you had a great day. I so remember when my huge great boys were that age – all they wanted to do was play with the boxes that their presents came in. Adorable 🙂

  3. I’m glad your daughter had a happy birthday. Just wait until she and her friends are two and a half, they’ll be having great fun playing interactively with each other. It’s happened gradually over the past six months with Kiko. The downside of that, of course, is that there is double the potential for mischief. Kiko was playing with his friend of the same age yesterday, I turned my back for a minute and the pair of them had locked themselves in a shed and were eating potting mix… I will spare you my reaction to that!

    That is so cute about the Winnie-the-Pooh umbrella. I bet you got some good photos of that!

  4. I just read your post below.

    I hope there is a cure for cancer one day. I know that sounds trite, but I think everyone knows somebody who has had cancer. It’s awful and insidiuos.

    He is an inspiring person. Puts life in perspective.

    Thanks for posting this.

  5. writinggb – thanks!

    Diane – I hope I never forget these days!

    Helen – I can’t wait to see them all playing together. That’s crazy about Kiko and his friend. I’m scared for those days!

    Christine – I hope there is a cure someday too.

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