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Rain Threatens

It rained on our wedding day. And by rained, I mean poured! It rained so much the hair stylist was late since trees were down due to the storm. Luckily, all of our guests made it to our wedding safely. The rain was more annoying than anything else since we got married in late December and didn’t plan on doing much more than taking a few photos outside of the hotel. But, no one wants it to rain on their wedding day! (If I had a nickel for every time I have heard it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day. That’s the garbage they tell forlorn brides to appease them.)

I’ve been checking the weather forecast as much as a bride planning an outdoor wedding for the past ten days. Why? Ari’s fifth birthday is coming this week and we have outdoor plans. But, our outdoor plans might be thwarted by — RAIN!

No child who has spent 30% of their life following “the rules” amidst a global pandemic wants to hear that it’s raining on their birthday. So, I’ve hid the truth about this possibility of rain in the forecast from him. Sneaky? Yes. Necessary for me to keep my sanity while coming up with alternate plans? Also yes.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out what we’ll do if our plans get rained out. I’ve tried to think beyond open presents, play with presents, and eat cake. So far I’ve come up with:

  • Make brunch with Ari’s favorite “breakfast” foods.
    • Some of Ari’s favorites are pancakes, French toast, bagels, and lox.
  • Learn how to crack eggs.
    • Believe it or not, this is something he’s been wanting to do since I told him he’d have to wait to learn to crack eggs until he’s five.
  • Make homemade ice cream.
    • Speaking of which, Marc put the bowl into the freezer freezer tonight — just in case.

I need more ideas! Please leave your best indoor birthday ideas as comments.

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17 thoughts on “Rain Threatens

  1. These kids have had to go through so much! I hope the skies stay clear. Five is such a milestone birthday- I’m sure that no matter what, Ari will have a great day. It rained on Adi’s last birthday. We waited for a break and went to visit some goats- her favorite animal. Happy birthday!

  2. I hope he has a lovely birthday, inside or out! We will be in the same position for our 5 yo but for lockdown reasons. So it might be indulging in fun activities he enjoys like Nintendo, card games and eating takeaway. I’m sure you’ll come up with a plan your 5 yo will love.

  3. Happy birthday, Ari! I like Erika’s out in the rain ideas, but if you have to stay in. Have a great out. I hope it doesn’t rain! Also, yes to the brunch and cracking eggs and homemade ice cream. Great fun.

    How about a Newspaper Olympics? It’s messy, out-of-control and a blast. (Maybe good for the garage.)

    Start with a stack of newspapers. Separate into two teams. Then have a series of events. 1) Create an outfit for one member with newspaper and clothes pins. Model. Judges choose winner. 2) Choose another child and let them don adult size sweat suits, one for each time. Then on Go, they stuff the sweat suit full of crushed newspaper balls. Whoever is fuller wins that event. 3) Snowball fight. 4) try to get all the newspaper on one side of a masking tape line for two minutes. Winner has the least amount of paper. 5) Clean up. The team with the fullest trash bag at the end wins this event.

    Or bounce blown up balloons around the house. Still one of my favorite activities!

    1. I will have to store away some newspapers and save this idea for another rainy day since (a) I only get the local paper and the Washington Post digitally and (b) it looks like the rain will hold off for Ari’s outdoor celebration tomorrow. That said, this sounds like fun!

  4. I’m glad that the forecast is looking brighter! I cannot believe he’s already five! I was going to suggest a “Top Chef” kind of cooking challenge since I know he enjoys working in the kitchen. Happy birthday Ari. 🧁

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