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May 05, 2011

Ashu's Birthday Party & the Big Surprise.

Last week was a roller-coaster ride. Just before we left for Disneyland, my sister called up to tell me that my Bil is coming to Zurich on 26th as a birthday surprise for Ashu and asked me to keep it a secret. I, of course, immediately sent her the birthday party shopping list before going "WHAT?" Since no one in our family even goes to the bathroom without surprising someone(!), my antenna went up and I asked sis if actually she was coming! She denied of course and kept on denying the whole week and I believed her only after seeing my Bil in the train station standing alone! (Even then, I thought Sis might ve taken a taxi and gone home! One never knows when it comes to my family!) On Tuesday evening, I took the kids to the station and they thought we were going to pick up their father! When they saw Perippa, Antu royally ignored him and Ashu went absolutely speechless and we could see her heart racing! She just held his hand and stood there for a long time before hugging him. And she let him go only after a whole week when he was leaving for the airport back to the US! Plan 2 was to surprise my parents who had no idea Bil was here. The kids and I were skyping with them when cooly Bil came and sat with us on the sofa and it was incredible to see my parents face. My sis was on the phone with them at the same time and they thought she was here too! hee hee! Plan 3 was executed when Hd came home from office in the evening. Ashu planned it and asked Bil to stand behind the door. Hd entered and seeing me armed with a camera, he gave a look and then turned to see Bil and was shell-shocked! muahahaha! Missions accomplished!

Sis had sent a bunch of decorate your own fabric backpacks, fabric pens, wild animals stickers, goody bags and even paper plates, cups, napkins, etc... along with a dozen gifts for the kids! Hd was asking me why I was nt going crazy shopping for the birthday party earlier and he had his answer when Bil arrived! He scolded sis and me for using Bil like a courier service! hmph! What does he know? I wish Reva sent one of her fabulous cake through him as well! Then I would nt have had to lift a finger for the party! ;) The party was that sunday at the Wildpark nearby. Ashu and I decorated the backpacks and wrote each kids name on it and stuck some of the animal stickers. I packed the bag with a juice bottle, an apple, a chocolate cookie and a map of the park. (Inspired by my friend, S. She stitched the backpacks herself for all the kids when she threw a party at the zoo last year! Im not that creative but I ve a sister and Bil who are very useful! :) Once all the kids(15) arrived, we set out for a walk to see the animals. It was a drop off party but a couple of parents stayed back to help me out. Bil was the official photographer! The kids loved to carry their personalized backpacks and consult their own maps! We took a snack break half way through. Once we came back to the restaurant, we cut the cake and ate lunch. I had taken cake, sandwiches, cut veggies, dips, zucchini bread, chips, etc,,, and ordered pizza and fries from the restaurant. Later the kids went wild in the play area and the carousel. Everyone was satisfied after going on the carousel four times straight!

All in all, a very good birthday party. I baked a chocolate cake and glazed it and bought some sugar animals, flowers and sprinkles and decorated it! The cake was a bit dry and but looked good and thats all that matters! Added a goody bag with stickers and sweets to the backpack when the kids were leaving. All the kids cooperated so well and were in excellent behaviour much to my pleasant surprise! The three hour duration was just perfect. We saw bears, wild cats, wolves, mountain goats and loads of deers. Antu was stuck to my Bil the entire time and I did nt even hear a peep from her. Hd was mad at me for doing "so much" for a 6 year old party and was wondering how much he has to suffer at my hands when the girls are getting married! I wont let you down, dear! All my friends were in awe that Bil came all the way to be here for Ashus party and she was so proud! She had been nagging my sis and Bil to come to her party for the past few months and she was thrilled that her wish was fulfilled. Even though she missed her Perimma, she got over it as soon as she saw the Rapunzel loot that sis had sent for her! And the scooter. Bil came with a huge suitcase full of stuff for us and went back with an empty suitcase! I am so ashamed! What does one send from here? The only thing my sis would ve loved refused to climb into the suitcase!

Bil went back this Tuesday much to Ashus disappointment. She kept telling him to go one day later, poor thing! But she was glad that her school reopened after the spring break on Monday and she could take him to her class and introduce him to her teachers and show him around the class. It was so cute this time to see Ashu with her Perippa. She was so much "in love" with him! One day we went out for a walk and she plucked a flower and started picking the petals one by one chanting, "perippa loves me, perippa loves me not,....!" And she was thrilled that it ended with "perippa loves me!" When Bil asked what if it had nt, she said, "Its just a game, Perippa! I know that you love me!" She was literally glued to him, watched the IPL matches with him, made cards for him, played games with him, wanted him to read her bed time stories,... It was so heart breakingly adorable to see them together. Antu for her part charmed him and was attached to him too but I guess she can recognize "true love" when she sees it so did nt fight for his attention too much. Phew. Thanks V for doing this trip. The girls are so lucky to be loved like this. And yes, yes. I did nt forget you, Sis! You are the greatest Sister ever. Happy? :)


Meera said...

Wow...the birthday party sounds really cool..You have such an amazing family :):)
Love the first pic with Ashu & Antu :)

The Inquisitive Akka said...

Here's wishing her a very, very happy birthday!!!!Your cake looks yummilicious!We just celebrated N's first birthday. I think I should get some ideas from you!

A and A said...

That must one awesome party! Ashu and Antu is lucky to have such a perippa and perimma(ok you too)

Reva said...

Whatta party! kalakkiteenga. I might copy this idea in a few years time. A map for each kid is sheer genius I say :)
I made a safari cake for my little girl this year. and it would have been just perfect for your party.. next time - I promise I won't leak out the surprise!!! :)
A big drishti-poosani for the whole family!

Anonymous said...

My wishes to Ashu on her birthday. :)

Since no one in our family even goes to the bathroom without surprising someone(!)
LOL - I remember your post - we are like that wonly. :)


Anonymous said...

Lovely party, post and family! (:


R's Mom said...

Happy Belated Bday Ashu..what fun..and your sis and BIL are super cool perima peripa :):) And what a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday party...loved the idea..and you baked that cake yourself..wowowowow!

Anonymous said...

Belated birthday wishes to Ashu..Cool party and loved the post..

dipali said...

Absolutely awesome party and birthday week, Boo! Love your sis and BIL for being such sweethearts:)

Anonymous said...

Wow, Interesting party and what a way to celebrate..Looks like its a big surprise for sure only if there are no surprising moments in your family..
Lucky kids,indeed :)

mim said...

happy birthday to ashu!
we got the exact diametric opposite of your family, we are the total party pooper of your family.

everyone announces for 5 min before going to the loo.

yennakku susu varadhu

urgentaa vardhu

ok pottumma

ok naan susu porane.

we can only imagine in awe about zipped lips and sealed minds that dont spill beans.

Anonymous said...

That was a lovely surprise :) Birthday Party was so much fun isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Happy mother's day, for the most inspiring mom online! :)

B o o said...

Meera - Amazing family? *hyuk hyuk* Make that an amazingly dysfunctional family! ;)

Akka - Thank you. The cake sure did look good if you did nt look too close! ;)

A and A - Good that included you me too! phew.

Reva - Thanks mucho! The one job the husband had to do was take print out of the map and he did it grudgingly asking me what was the need! hmph!

Visitor - Thank you. That was one helluva post for sure! :)

Shraddha - Thanks.

R's Mom - Ashu takes it for granted these days that I ll bake the cake. And it also seems like a criminal waste of money to spend so much on a store bought cake(at least here in Swiss) when one can do a decent job at home.

The Cotton Candy - Thank you. I love cotton candy! :D

B o o said...

Dips - Thankoo. The birthday celebs are still continuing, btw!

Priya - Thats so true! Last time my sis said, "we are spending so much on air tickets. Lets surprise the cousins and their maids too and get the money's worth!"

MiM - ROTFLOL! You are hilarious!

WeOurLife - It was great, thanks. Im still on a high! :D

Thanks, M. That means a lot to me! Same to you.

anubharat said...

The party does sound very cool. I love your yummy cake Boo. I dont know how you ladies do it. Can you please send me step by step recipe for the same - right from starting your oven ;)
I also love your idea of getting more and more creative with every birthdays. Way to go Boo and YY for sending her husband as a surprise

Anonymous said...

beautiful indeed!

Drew Watts said...

Interesting birthday party big surprise! I just loved reading through this amazing share. Even I am indulged in the preparations of the birthday bash of my twins. I would like to book the garden inspired party venue so that the outdoor games and contests can also be arranged for the kiddos. Do you have any recommendations?

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