Thanks to a felicitous coincidence in the timing of my vacation, I was in Boise for Shae's fifth birthday party. We were both delighted that I could be part of the special occasion.
|Legos featured prominently among the gifts
|An outdoor Lego pool that Barbie would have loved.
I hadn't realized the company had made such strides in marketing to little girls.
Way to move beyond spaceships and castles, Legos!
|Look at that face!
The object of such excitement: an iPad-like device called a
LeapPad, which has cute educational games geared for
|The princess candles sparkled. They were a little scary, at first.
|They also took a few puffs to blow out.
|Shae's cake of choice was a vanilla and chocolate "Oreo" ice cream cake.
Naturally, I covered mine in chocolate syrup.
Legos, ice cream cake, princess candles. The only thing missing? A gun. Oh, wait, no! We had one of those, too:
|Jordan's newest toy
Because apparently it's totally normal to show off your new handgun at your daughter's birthday party. But then, in a world where the wedding party goes shooting before the ceremony, I guess this should not come as a surprise.
What was really awkward is that, right as Jordan was showing me the gun, the doorbell rang. Instead of answering the door with a fire-arm in hand, he handed the weapon to me and left me to stand my ground in the kitchen -- which I did by putting the gun in my pocket and pretending like it wasn't there.