Interstellar Adventures

September 25, 2006

Happy Birthday Elle!

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Family & Friends,Mom Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:45 am

We had a blast this weekend! At least Elle and I did. Nick and Zed did lots of male bonding over lawn chores and oil changing. Our weekend started with me being the first one up and waiting for Elle to rouse her sleepy head. And then I cuddled her in the recliner and sang her Happy Birthday. Zed finally woke up, and the three of us went to IHOP for breakfast. Nick wasn’t feeling well, so he slept in.

After, Elle and I went to her soccer game while Zed and Nick mowed the lawn. Zed mowed for the first time, completely supervised of course.

Elle’s team played a tough game against a team with which they’re pretty evenly matched. The last time we played them, we won, 1-0. Saturday, it was their turn. But, our girls left the field in good spirits.

Back at home, Elle and I showered, changed and primped for our Girls Night Out. Nick and Zed weren’t interested in a professional soccer match, so Elle and I were on our own. We went to Macaroni Grill for dinner. Sadly we were too early for the opera singer to sing Happy Birthday in Italian, but we still did get a piece of their awesome chocolate cake.

We made it to Pizza Hut Park (it was a lot further north than I thought it was!) and paid the exorbitant $15 parking fee. Then we picked up our tickets and our special wrist bands, and found her teammates inside. Oh, did I mention that Elle and her team were going to get to walk on the pitch! (Yes, in soccer, er, football, it’s called a pitch, not a field.) The team was having a youth soccer night of some kind,  and soccer teams from all over got to come be a part of a parade down on the pitch. We got to watch the players warm up, the we got to walk out on the pitch, and then we got to stand and listen while the national anthem was sung, and then we got to watch the players walk out. Soccer is way more formal, with the officials leading the player parade, the teams walking side-by-side with their child-player escorts, and then lining up and presenting themselves to the spectators.


The game was fun, with FC Dallas coming out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half. During halftime, some local kids played a boys-on-girls game with the boys winning 1-0. Then, during the second half, Real Salt Lake scored a single goal. But, FCD hung on for the win. We had a good time, and I think we’ll go back again.

Sunday was busy with the friend party and the family party. We had the friend party first at a local pizza place, and Elle and her friends had lots of fun. A couple of girls hit the ‘jackpot’ on some of the games, and everyone racked up lots of tickets and got good prizes. I bought Elle’s cake for that party from Central Market. They have To die for.


We barely made it home in time for me to grab a bite to eat before our family was streaming through the door. One of Elle’s friends came back home with her to play. I was already exhausted! But it was just (more) cake and ice cream. My mom and sister made the cake, and my sister brought the ice cream, so all we had to do was make coffee and provide the plates and forks! Elle opened her gifts, we ate cake, she played with her friends, and it was all very relaxed and casual. Phew!

I think Elle had a great day. She got some nice gifts, all her friends had a good time, she had a good time, and now she’s 8!



  1. What a blast. And what a lucky girl Elle is! Weekend long birthday! Of course, every girl deserve an especially long birthday full of parties, gifts, friends, family. That is what it’s all about. I’m glad everything was so much fun.

    Comment by Jolynn — September 25, 2006 @ 11:28 am |Reply

  2. Sounds like a perfect birthday… I have a child turning ten this year as well, and it boggles my mind…where has the time gone???

    Comment by kristin — September 25, 2006 @ 12:00 pm |Reply

  3. Elle is just a mini-you. That’s so sweet cuddling and singing to her. Oh, makes me want my mamma. And why the heck are the IHops so scarce around here???? There’s not a one!!!

    Good idea getting Zed trained on the lawn cutting, one less chore you guys need to do. Can you send him up here? My lawn needs mowed!

    Comment by carnealian — September 25, 2006 @ 12:30 pm |Reply

  4. Those photos are precious! Carnellian said what i’ve often thought when I see her picture.. that sh does look like a mini-you! Lucky kid;)
    Souns like an awesome day, overall. My daughter just turned eight…TEEN today. yikes!!! don’t blink Lass, or Elle will be 18 when you open your eyes. 😉

    EIGHTEEN! Noooo! I will not be able to face that day!

    Comment by Laura — September 25, 2006 @ 12:35 pm |Reply

  5. Sounds like a great birthday weekend! Well, you only turn 8 once!

    Comment by AbbyNormal — September 25, 2006 @ 12:35 pm |Reply

  6. Happy Birthday, Sweetie! sounds like a perfect bday!

    Comment by Nancy — September 25, 2006 @ 3:34 pm |Reply

  7. I love the birthday pics. what a sweet heart!

    Comment by KaraMia — September 25, 2006 @ 5:58 pm |Reply

  8. $15 parking fee? Exorbitant, indeed.

    Happy birthday, Elle!

    And for me, mowing the grass was kinda like shaving. The first couple of times were really neat. Then it was just a pain 🙂

    Comment by Bone — September 26, 2006 @ 8:29 am |Reply

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