Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bella's Birthday

It was a weekend of birthdays. Each kid had friends' birthdays to attend Saturday and we had a "quiet" dinner and cake party planned for Bella and Jackie who share their birthday. Lily woke up not feeling well and Phil and I set to work trying to get everything in order while I secretly wondered who would get Tripler duty later that evening. Her head hurt, her frog was biting her, she just generally was in a bad place. I repeatedly took her temp- 99.3, debated whether or not to call the on call doc, while assembling cakes and making dips and picking up the house. I even managed to sit and hold Lily when asked and Bella, after all it was her birthday party day. I was really debating Lily's status when our friends started arriving and she immediately perked up. I don't know if it was the tylenol kicking in, an extra dose of hydrocortisone or Pono and Maggie being here but she got up and played and even danced outside.

Bella has been waiting for weeks for her big day. Since all of us Mallory girls have spring birthdays- it makes for a busy couple of months. The kids know the order -Lily, mommy, Kiera, Bella. Each one knows when theirs is next. Bella has been proudly stating- Bella's abby dabby birfday next! She found birthday packages left out back by the postman early this week and Lily told Bella it was her birthday so they took it upon themselves to open the presents while I was upstairs. Every day since then has been her birthday, according to Bella.

It was a good evening with good friends and good music. There was dancing and limbo-ing and only 1 Mallory child was injured in the process. Kiera, in an unfortunate wrestling mishap broke her "ring" toe. We skipped the ER and used our combined medical prowess to fix her up at home. Bella was so excited to open the rest of her presents, she even opened Jackie's presents for her. She outlasted the rest of the kiddos and finally crashed a few minutes ago. Now it's my turn...if Lily is sick we'll have to delay treatment, but we won't know until tomorrow.


  1. Oh my gosh,, another wonderful birthday and more beautiful cakes to go along with it! Happy birthday Bella!
    Tracy Heiman

  2. OHHHH! Happy birthday to both Bella and Jackie Bella looks beautiful. The cakes are great. Jen, aain you've outdone yourself. Love, Mom (Grandma)


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