I don’t think I mentioned on this blog or Facebook or really anywhere that in early October, we got a new car. When you’re getting as old as we are it’s just not nearly as exciting as it was back in the day. Nobody cares. Heck, I hardly care. Just as long as I am driving something that isn’t at risk for leaving me stranded on the side of the road with 5 bitchy kids, I’m good to go.
Back to what I was getting at, we got a new Mini Van TAH-DAH! I bet that one surprised you didn’t it? Me with a mini-van. Well, this time we took the kids to the dealership with us and they looked at a couple of van’s with us and saw a TV in the back of one and we were screwed. There was no way we were leaving that dealership without a van that had a TV in the back. Being the pushovers we are, we made our little ones happy and we became the proud new owners of a Honda Odyssey with a DVD player for the kids. We took the kids out to dinner that night to celebrate the fact that we had just went 40K into the hole and I grabbed a DVD before we headed out the door to break in the kids new toy. I grabbed The Lion King. Now, I’m entirely sure that all the kids had seen The Lion King at one point or another but seeing it on the tiny screen in the back of that mini van gave it a whole new lustre that it had never had before. That movie played on loop for days, weeks. Amira refused to let another movie show in that car. She became obsessed with Simba. She began requesting Lion Kind toys and dolls. Uh, The Lion King came out in 1990-what? It’s not like I can just cruise on over to Wal Mart and pick up a stuffed Simba anymore. Amira became determined that all she wanted for Christmas was a big stuffed Simba. I knew via Ebay or Amazon or something I’d be able to find a Simba somewhere.
Mid December we got all gussied up and headed out to Amira’s Christmas party for her the therapy center that administers her speech therapy. I filled out an RSVP sheet for our family. 1 client, 2 adults, 2 siblings.
So, we get to this party and the kids are immediately pissed at me because I missed the memo about it being OK for kids to come to this party in their PJ’s. (A lot of adults had their PJ’s on too but that’s a train I will never ride. No PJ’s in public for me thanks.) I knew they were doing pictures with Santa and I wanted the kids dressed nicely for that. So I’m getting my ass chewed by my son’s and I am looking around, taking in this who party and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a freaking MOUNTAIN of big, fat stuffed Simba dolls! What the what!? Amira’s dream party! Not only did they give each of the kids a very nice stuffed Simba, they all got a nice hardback Lion King book to go with it and Amira got a hand picked and wrapped mermaid playset as a client gift. There was a magician, arts, crafts, Santa came, a juggler was entertaining kids in the corner, there were plenty of cookies, cupcakes, treats of every kind, drinks. An awesome party. Once Amira got her hands on that stuffed Simba she was in absolute Heaven. Ron’s company party may have gone with the wind but this party came right in and took it’s place.
Simba and Amira have been inseparable since the Mighty Oaks party.
Weird how things just work out like that sometimes. Simba, who would have guessed he’s be my 4 year old’s obsession in 2015 and the star of the Mighty Oaks party to boot.