birthday party hijinks

Alex's 11th birthday is this coming Tuesday; because her birthday falls midweek, we decided to let her celebrate her birthday with a few good friends this weekend.  Marcus and I took the girls to a nice restaurant for dinner (where they got to sit at a table by themselves), and then we went to a little cupcake place for them to sing "Happy Birthday" before returning to our house for a sleepover.

Because I'm a pretty cool parent, I even remembered to bring birthday candles and a lighter with me for the singing festivities.


Because I'm not that cool of a parent, I bought those annoying trick candles that spontaneously reignite ... over, and over, and over again.