Big brother Bem(as she calls him!) sharing the fun.
For lunch we had another stalwart favourite of ham and mushroom pasta, followed by mandarin jelly and ice-cream. Dave very kindly took Pip out in the car to collect wood for the burner and for her to have a much needed nap. This little miss will not nap at home. She is the earliest of them all to drop her daytime rests and boy does it show at the end of the day!! I also managed to catch up on some chores and even had forty winks myself, the crafting and cooking had caught up with me.
Whilst Benedict and Pip watched a panto on television Dave and I had the interesting job of de-icing the tree in the garage! It was well and truly stuck fast in a solid block of ice. Thanks to Dave's quick thinking we placed the workshop fan heater next to the base of the bucket and within half an hour it had melted enough for us to smash the surrounding block. With the tree safely ensconced in the corner of the dining room we sat down to the birthday tea: cucumber and cheese sandwiches, apple boats and of course the cake.
A snow themed confection of butter icing, white chocolate buttons, snow men shapes and silver sprinkles.
Getting ready to blow.
A gentle puff to start with and then...
... one big blow!
Next came the fun part, opening presents and cards.
"I wonder what this could be?"
"Come on Bem I need some help!"
"It's like pass the parcel!"
Ostheimer figures all the way from Germany! A mummy, daddy, a Bem and a Pip,a Guardian Angel, one dog, one cat and some small woodland animals. They are absolutely beautiful and were a joint present between both sets of Grandparents and ourselves.
Opening the cards.
Our last present of the day, a Melissa and Doug shape sorter train.
Birthday girl just before bed.
The tree in all its glory...
... and the happy elf who it made it so.
Blessings San x