This is Melissa’s First Blog Posting. However, I never got around to posting it when I should have in March. Better Late than Never.
Then the other girls came running back and asked me for help. I thought they were asking me to help blow up balloons but I quickly realized that they wanted to go shopping with me to buy balloons. So we got permission from the parents and headed off to the store, where we picked out balloons and headed to the checkout. But they said, “We need chips…and soda…and cheese.” Whoa! Chips and soda will be enough. But as I was finishing paying one of the girls asked, “What does Kate like to eat, cheese or salami?” I said, “She likes both”, so off they ran to get both. So, I checked out a second time, looked at my watch and realized that I had to get the girls back so I could get back home to pick Kate and John and go to the airport to get John and Rhonda. On the way I explained to them about Kate’s grandparents coming in and that we would have to postpone the party until 6:00. Fast forward an hour or so, we told Kate that we were going out to dinner but had to make a quick stop first. When we drove up kids came running. I asked Kate, “Do you know what this is? It’s a surprise party for you!” She was thrilled. A group of 5 or 6 girls ran the whole party. They brought out drinks and plates of food…chips, cheese and salami on toothpicks, crackers, popcorn. It was quite a feast. And quite a special party. When we got home Kate said, “I’ve always wanted a surprise party.” What a memorable first birthday in the Dominican! And what a lesson–when asked to bake a cake, always ask who it’s for!