May and August are the busiest months in our household in terms of birthdays. Wifey (she celebrated her 39th when I was away. She actually called me to ask me to wish her a happy birthday which was unlike me coz I remember birthdays and important dates. Because of the time difference I was a bit confused plus my time was fully occupied with ibadah), Ib and I (mine will be later this month) celebrate our birthdays in May whilst Khadijah, Yusof and Kauthar (our late daughter) have their birthdays in August. That's left with Umar who's a January baby.
Birthday celebrations for us are always private affairs confined to immediate family members. Except for one which we threw for Khadijah and Yusof when we moved house seven years ago - it was really a 2-in-one kinda thing (housewarming plus birthday).
Ib has broken the tradition though since last year. He actually asked for a party! We organised a mini party for him so that he could invite his closest friends which came up to about nine kids. It was themed Power Rangers and boy they had fun! He has asked for one again this year. Wouldn't you if dad and mom had given their greenlight last year?
He's turning six on 17th May and as usual, parties and the kids stuff (apart from cooking) is my portfolio. I really didn't have the time to organize one before I left...So there I was, over last weekend frantically arranging for food and venue! I had a picnic in mind but that was left as that i.e. NO ACTION......!
Drove deep in to Kemensah last Sunday (10 minutes' drive from home) and found this eco-friendly resort called Isi Rimba and were were greeted by the owner who led us on to his wife, Kak Heart who organizes parties, campings etc. This is exactly what I had in mind - an adventurous party for Ib! They'll be catering the food - a barbie with fried rice and fried mee hoon and dessert plus the decor! Basically we just have to turn up with cakes (cakes because Umar wants a party too!), extra clothes and towels! They have blocked about 5 huts and a bamboo chalet for us to use and of course the stream! They are also throwing two water games and a 1/2 an hour river-trekking adventure up to the water fall (if our guests are up to it).
Yeayy...problems solved! Till Sunday and Ib and Umar just can't wait for it....(me too... - sheepishly).