Ashley turned ten today, and to celebrate, we sent out invitations last wek to kids in her class. Now granted--Ashley insisted on only inviting the popular kids, and not her tried and true friends...and as a result, only received "yes" responses from two kids. She was a bit devastated, and spent a great deal of time sulking yesterday.
My suggestion had been to turn the negative into a positive, because having a smaller group meant that we could do something a bit more extravagant. Rather than staying at home playing in the pool, we could take the kids somewhere, which is exactly what we did. We went to a place called the Funway Cafe, which had mini golf, bumper boats and go-carts, and a nice restaurant and arcade.
It turned out to be a great time, and the kids had a ball, so--yeah, me! I'm glad Ashley enjoyed the day. Tonight I drove Annie to therapist. We didn't talk much about things afterward--she doesn't usually like to, but I did ask her whether seeing the two of us be friendly and loving to each other is helpful, and she said it definitely was. "You were holding hands with Mom today and I pointed that out to Chad, and said, 'isn't that nice?', and he agreed. It was nice to see."
Funny, though, when I asked her if she had any questions she wanted to ask about this whole thing, she just had one: "Is the pool at your apartment indoor or outdoor?"