Sunday, January 05, 2014

I FINALLY Got to Be There!

Ýesterday was a spectacular day in more ways then one.  The weather was spectacular and 70F degrees!  The sky was blue and we were all happy about THAT!

This photo is the grounds at the Real de Minas Hotel here in San Miguel where Sebastian's FOURTH birthday took place.

As I arrived, there were Matilda and Sebastian on the trampoline having a great time.

Sebastian could hardly contain himself.  He WANTED to open his presents!  Finally, allowed to open one until the rest of the kids arrived, he was ecstatic about his Max Steel moving robot.  He was over the moon.  He, by himself, figured out how to make him work and carried this thing, that was almost as big as him, around all day.

Here he's showing me Max Steel, whose arms extend, among other things.

Presents.  More and more presents.

Sebastian, just like every child, loves opening presents.

He and his Dad figuring out how to make something work.

A tent!  OMgosh, a tent!  As soon as it was put together, they both scurried with their toys to the tent.
I know many, many hours of fun will be had inside this tent.

When my kids were little, they would make tents all over the house with sheets and blankets. I believe they spent one quarter of their lives as wee ones, playing inside their makeshift tents.  Sometimes they were up for a month at a this little tent assembled in minutes!

Sebastian got more tools for his Bob the Builder tool belt.  Here he's showing me his tape measure which fits on his belt just like Daddy's does.

Love this picture!  Sebastian's best friend and Sebastian had a little squabble.  John is mediating.

It was a bit of a windy day.  We gave up on any more candles other then one which was blown out in a second.  I didn't even get a photo of it!  However, Matilda had her eye on a better prize.  One of the two maraschino cherries on top of the cake for decoration.

Sebastian was the first to hit the pinata.  Mati followed.  Do you see all the candy on the ground?
She really walloped that pinata with the pinata stick.  This was followed by all the kids
swarming in for the treats.

This was the first birthday that I was able to share with Sebastian.  I'm always at the beach by this time of year.  This year I decided that I wanted to be here for this and other things, but, most importantly Sebastian's  birthday.  It doesn't seem possible that he is already four years old.

It was a memorable and fun experience, to put it mildly.

To top it all off, last evening the sky was lit in blue, pink, gold and purple hues in the sunset.
This  photo of peace and serenity ended my day as I took this photo from up on the roof terrace.

Aaah, life is good.
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Brenda Maas said...

Lovely that you got to be around for his birthday. Hard to believe he is 4 already.
At the parties here they never open the gifts.
Have a nice Sunday.

Babs said...

How strange Brenda that they don't open gifts to share....

Steve Cotton said...

I have had the same experience. With the exception of Jennifer's birthday (where everyone was from the north), presents here are opened after the givers leave.

We will miss you at the beach. But I fully understand.

Brenda Maas said...

No, I have never seen them opened at either birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, etc..
I wonder if it is so that no one knows what the others gave and therefore no one feels bad if they can't afford as expensive a gift as others? I really have no idea; but I kind of like it because of what I think.

Babs said...

Brenda and Steve - Learn something new every day!

Steve - the weather here today is so lovely that I'm contenting myself with that fact. Sat on the roof terrace to eat my lunch as well as to move some plants around......

It looks very warm at at the beach!

Ron Stephens said...

The birthday looked just grand. And the beach is just grand, too. So if you change your mind, Melaque is waiting for you.

Babs said...

Thanks Ron, the party was grand.

Anonymous said...

Ah, tents. When I was a young boy, I used to set up a tent in the yard and essentially spend the summer there. Even though it was only a hundred feet away from the house, it felt like another world. This, of course, was an old-style pup tent, made of fabric impregnated with a special kind of wax to make it waterproof. I still remember the peculiar smell of it. Lying in the tent, reading a book was a perfect way to laze away a summer's day.

Thanks for the memories.


Kim G
San Francisco, CA
Where there's a lot of other kinds of "camping" going on, if ya know what I mean.

Unknown said...

Kim, I do know what you mean, about that smell, about reading in the backyard tent, and about that other kind of Sf camping.

Babs said...

Kim and Dana. I never camped until I was a mother of about 30 and was a Girl Scout leader. I loved it the first time. However, the responsibility for about 30 girls did take away from a bit of the feeling of freedom.
My kids, on the other hand, have camped all their lives both inside our house and out. John backpacked nearly around the world! And, has so many wonderful stories to tell.
My daughter Julie bought a pop up camper and goes with her teenagers every chance that she can get away!

And, yes, both Julie and John remember the tents alllll over our house when they were little!