The big little had a birthday party with a few friends, outside, at a not-too crowded park.
She called it "the best day so far." I'm not sure if she meant this year, during the pandemic, or just plain ever.
It's spring break at her school, and many others nearby, so there are surely lots of kids doing other things, even with the pandemic. We offered her a half-dozen friends from school, plus one lifelong best friend we've had in our bubble already. Two of the school chums and her friend showed, so a little smaller than she hoped, but during the event, you couldn't tell, as everyone ran around gleefully. We brought pizzas and drinks, fruit and cupcakes, all of which were a hit with everyone.
We'd had a small celebration in the morning, opening a bunch of clothes and some games from the fam, and a giant doll from grandma. We held off a skateboard until at the park, which was a huge hit, of course. Her school bestie has a long board, so it was high on her list of things for the summer. She took to it pretty quickly and was eagerly seeking how-to advice.
The weather is beautiful, pushing seventy degrees, and barely partly cloudy, with wispy clouds floating by. There is a ton of wind, and so the stuff was threatening to fly to Canada, but we taped down what we could, and held everything else down with just enough weight. At one point, the wind pushed birthday girl backwards on her skateboard, which helped make a short-lived game as everyone tried to catch some wind on their wheels.
The life-long bestie and birthday girl just left to take the bestie home. They'll probably hang for a little while. The boys are settling in for some quirky television and due relaxation.
Probably the most normal day in the last year. Except for the small group and venue (we'd normally invite dozens of kids and host it inside somewhere eventful), and the occasional masks, being outside for a picnic and letting the kids swarm in a playground, was about 2019 as we could expect. We did mask-up when not eating and gathered, but let them fly when everyone was more than a few llamas apart.
Everyone is healthy.