Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Fourth Birthday

Ok, I know this looks bad. Like I was waiting for the comments count on the last post to reach 100 before I posted again. But really, it’s just been an awfully busy month – dropped Ayaan off to my mum’s place for a couple of weeks, had some small construction work going on at home, went for a week-long training course, and then went back to Jaipur to celebrate Ayaan’s birthday, which was on last Wednesday.

The poor fellow has his birthday bang in the middle of his summer holidays, so more often than than not, we end up celebrating it away from home. This time, I considered having him back in Mumbai in time for a birthday party but his chief cronies from the school and the park were vacationing too so we finally settled on celebrating in Jaipur. The big upside of this plan was that all the administrative responsibility of the actual birthday party organising was happily delegated to the mother, while we waltzed in the evening before...

The day dawned with him getting his presents from us. I had picked up an airport set (on the brat’s request) and a pair of swim goggles for him on my trip. I also threw in a free calculator which I got at a training course. He was absolutely delighted with all of them, including the free calculator.

During the day, he went for his painting class (my mum signed him up for one), where he proudly introduced me as his Mama and announced that it was his birthday. We left behind some sweets to be distributed in class and the drawing he made on the day was a birthday cake :)

Post the afternoon nap, we were all set for the birthday party. My mom invited everyone she knew who had kids so we ended up with a pretty large party of 15-20 kids with their accompanying adults. The back garden was done up with balloons and Winnie The Pooh cut-outs.

There was a Pooh cake. (which he blew out the candles on but then refused to cut since all the clapping freaked him out)...

And last but not least, a magician - who kept the kids (and the grown-ups) enthralled for the best part of the hour.

So fun was had overall and bar one incident of chair throwing, Ayaan behaved impeccably. Or what passes for impeccable behaviour in a boisterous four-year old... :)

32 comments:

  1. Aww, happy budday, buddy. The garden party looks like great fun.

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  2. Happy birthday to Ayaan:) The party looks like fun. Definitely not something that's easy to throw together in Mumbai (in terms of having it in your back garden).

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  3. Belated Happy Birthday - Ayaan.
    May God shower happiness all around. Amen !

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  4. Happy Birthday little man!! What a cool, colourful party...

    and pretty hassle-free for the mum, too! The best kind possible! :)

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  5. that was such a fun birthday party.. belated birthday wishes to Ayaan.. :)

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  6. Looks like a very fun filled party and I loved the location and the gifts!

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  7. Happy 4 to dear Ayaan! And happy 4 to you too! I love the idea of a party in the backyard!

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  8. happy budday ayaan!

    the birthday gifts sound just right , incl. the calci :)

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  9. happy birthday ayaan!! looks like grandma and mom put up a great show for a great little man.

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  10. Thanks for the birthday wishes aunties and uncles...

    [Sue/ Preeti] The joys of life in a small town! I think my mum's garden is way bigger than the play area in Ayaan's school :)

    [Mamma Mia] Yep, have escaped 4 years without having to throw a birthday party. Next year might be the year of reckoning :)

    [Choxbox] It's the cheap gifts that always rock, don't they? Atleast at this age..

    [Art] Mostly by the grandma actually :)

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  11. the garden does look inviting :)

    i guess this will be the start of birthday parties, now that he is 4 and more worldly :)

    many happy wishes to you and ayaan.

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  12. Sho cute. HAPPYBUDDAY Ayaan! :)

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  13. Aww Happy birthday ! The party sounds nice, just the right number IMHO

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  14. Belated Happy Birthday Ayaan! Looks like you all had major fun - and I'll kill for that garden :)

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  15. Belated Happy Budday Ayaan, looks like you had a grand one!

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  16. Aww, belated birthday wishes, Ayaan. The presents, the party, the pooh cake - it all sounds super! Glad you had a wonderful time, and here's to an exciting and eventful year 5!

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  17. What a lovely party! Sounds like a great time:)

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  18. Hey Rohini,

    A very happy (belated) b'day to Ayaan :) I think I saw you at an alumni meet last weekend.. ofcourse, recognized Ayaan first. Would have been great to meet you in person, but just wasn't sure because I don't delurk very often. Keep writing. :)

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  19. Thanks All.

    [Soul of Alec Smart] Really? You should have come and said hi...

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  20. belated happy birthday ayaan!

    and the mother of the four year old, you still have to make that wish list for a goodie bag for the mommy to be.

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  21. Belated birthday wishes to Ayaan. Looks like you had a great party :)

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  22. Belated happy birthday, dear Ayaan. :) Love the idea of the party in the back yard.

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  23. Looks like a fun party -!

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  24. Delurking to say happy birthday to the brat! I recently let my friend's 3 yr old 'help me' blow out the candles on my cake, and let's just say I have a little fan for life. Does Ayaan love that too? :)

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  25. [Sur] Right now, what the mommy-to-be needs in her goodie bag is a nice bottle of wine. But i guess that will have to wait :)

    [Myveryown...] Well, he loved the candle blowing but the ensuing applause freaked him a little :)

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  26. happy budday to Ayaan!! :)

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  27. Birthday wishes to Ayaan! K's 4th birthday is next weekend :-)

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  28. Belated birthday wishes to the big boy. Garden party? Ooo... Sooper.

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  29. Wowee! I can't believe he's four already! That means Jabin is close, too! AAAAUGGHH!!!

    He's really gotten tall and lean over the last year! Very handsome!

    Jude was quite impressed by the cake!

    Yay! for birthdays!

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  30. Happy Birthday Lately Ayaan.

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  31. Seems that Ayasn had an awesome party.We also celebrated my son's 5th jungle themed birthday party with party poppers.We all had lots of fun.

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