DIVA [ˈdiːva] (noun): An operatic prima donna. A female version of a hustler. A usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality. A woman who has self-confidence, self-respect, and hella swagger. She knows who she is and exactly where she is going.
True divas should be treated with respect for their enormous talent and strong will.
For Bradley's 2nd birthday party, I had everything planned to a tee for an Elmo's World birthday party at Tiger Point Park. The kids would play on the playground, the adults could stay under the pavillion and nosh on snacks. I had decorations galore, and had thought of everything- a magic marker to write names on drinks, coolers to keep the cupcakes and ice cream cold, extra toilet paper for the park bathrooms, and even a towell to dry off the playground equipment should a rain cloud pass. I was stressed-out, but prepared! However, no matter how much I thought I had everything under control, there was one thing out of my control... the weather.
What appeared on the radar as a few tiny rain blips before we left the house turned into a full on monsoon just as the party was about to start. I began to field phone calls texts from party guests left right as we tried to decide how to handle things, & I remained in panic mode, beyond discouraged by the rain.
Bradley with Grandma Ann, Grandma B & Papa
Family photo- notice the pouring rain in the background, our soaking wet clothes, & windblown-decorations!
This face says it all. I had wanted a picture-perfect photo of me and the birthday boy, and this is what I got... wet clothes, soaked hair, and a fussy boy not wanting to smile for the camera! If there is one picture that represents the day, it's this one.
After 30 minutes of heavy rain, thunder, & lightening, we gave up and took down the decorations at the park and loaded everything in the middle of the thunderstorm back into the cars, and relocated the party to our house. 20 adults and 10 kids in my house on a rainy day was not my ideal party scene, but you know what? Bradley had no idea what was going on, and so I'm sure he was happy no matter what. The kids played inside and out back on the patio, the adults hung out, and everyone celebrated our little man turning two.
the party decor
Blowing out the candles... the cute Elmo 2 candle got lost in the shufle between the park & our house, so I settled for two regular birthday cake candles.
Finally the birthday boy gets what he's been asking for for weeks- Cake!!!
opening presents- a toy guitar
Family members caught sitting around amidst all the chaos- Laura, Ann, Mom & dad
I hope someday soon we will look back at this party and laugh at the circumstances surrounding it. I'm not to that point just yet, however.