How is it possible that two years have passed since I wrote this? (well almost two years since I lagged on actually writing about his arrival)
We celebrated Nate's birthday with a pool party for his friends and then a backyard party for family. Saturday we hosted ten of his friends at the swim club for a couple of hours of quality pool time. It was a big hit and such an easy party - I didn't even have to clean my house! A friend of mine said we should do it every year and if Nate allows, we just might.
Sunday we had Nate's Philadelphia family along with part of his Harris family - the Cleveland and Louisville contingent - and some of our closest friends to celebrate with lunch and cake in our backyard. My favorite moment of the day was after we sang Happy Birthday (and he beamed ear to ear) he looked around the table, smiled and said, "Sing again!" Of course we all obliged and sang another round of Happy Birthday before the candle was blown out.
Nate's favorite part was not the cake nor the endless mountain of generous gifts. He is still talking about the moment when he, Sam and Will noticed Donald Duck in the window, waving to them. All three boys stood there in amazement and waved back for several minutes. It's a mystery how this happened. I don't think we invited Donald to the party. Also a mystery is where Aunt Flann was when this waving was going on. But it is all Nate talks about. He fell asleep telling me, "Donald waved. Sam waved, Nate waved, Grandma waved." And the first thing he said to me this morning when I woke up was, "Nate waved to Donald." Glad we didn't rent a pony or hire a clown - all we needed was a stuffed Donald waving from the window to make it Nate's favorite party ever.