Summer birthdays can be tricky. Especially ones that often fall close to the long weekend. I started contacting some of the people Adeline wanted to invite and was hearing a lot of "no, sorry" and "mayyyyybe" (which really means no). In years past I've gotten the invitations out before the end of school, but it just didn't happen for us. We thought Adeline would be upset about no big party, but really she took it right in stride when she heard what some of her party alternatives were and was reassured that there would still be cake and presents. We offered her all sorts of adventures and she chose a long drive to the Paleontology Centre, a fossil dig and overnight camping in a real campground. She was VIBRATING WITH EXCITEMENT and counting down the days to her birthday adventure. We decided to make it a "Dadeline" (Daddy and Adeline) trip as it just didn't seem toddler-friendly and I think I had my lifetime fill of tent camping as a child.
I think the tenting may have been Adeline's favourite part...
The museum was awesome as well, especially since Adeline has decided that she wants to be a Paleontologist when she grows up. They have a full Elasmasaur skeleton, which was found by a young girl and her Dad nearby. I made the mistake of excitedly saying "Wow, Adeline, they have a fossil of your favourite dinosaur there" to have her look incredibly disappointed in me, sigh deeply and then say "Moooooooom, an Elasmasaur is a prehistoric marine reptile, NOT a dinosaur. Do you get it?". I guess the days of Adeline believing I know everything are finally done...
Adeline loves to visit a well-stocked gift shop, especially when she's with her Daddy as he's a much softer touch than I am. Yes, that's a giant, orange and green stuffed Elasmasaur she's holding.
The fossil walk facilitated by the museum was a really special experience. It was a long and sweaty walk along the river, but everyone in the group found fossils. David and Adeline found fossilized clams and other small mollusks, petrified wood and a few parts of an ammonite. I think Adeline was hoping for at least a T-Rex, but she still had fun and learned a lot.
Adeline had a very memorable birthday weekend and she's looking forward to having an "almost sleepover" party with a couple of special friends in September. She reallllllllllllllllly wants to be ready for sleepovers, but she's totally not (and neither are we), so she wants to have a night time party where some friends come over in their pajamas for pizza and ice cream and a movie and lots of silly fun and then go home before bedtime. Sounds like a fun plan!
Happy Birthday, future Paleontologist!