Anais turned 9 recently, hard as it is for us to believe.
We went to Brussels for the weekend for her birthday to watch the musical production of The Wizard of Oz (a bit bizarre that Dorothy speaks French in Kansas, but never mind) in which her music teacher was performing.
We did what any self-respecting tourist would in the home of TinTin: we ate waffles with hot chocolate and french fries with beer and we went to the Belgian Comic Strip Center.
We found shelter from the cold in this sweets shop and were treated to a live demo of artisanal sweet-making. Needless to say, we didn't leave empty handed, despite my best efforts.
Anais and her friends got invited backstage . What makes a nine year old's birthday dream come true? A scarecrow, a tin man, a lion, fairies, a girl called Dorothy and her dog Toto, all wishing you a happy birthday.
It started to snow while we were in the theatre so all the way back to the hotel a snowfight ensued. With frozen fingers and rosy cheeks, Anais makes a wish over her favourite butter cake (which had travelled with us from Paris), a yummy ending to her perfectly perfect birthday.
This mother forgot the candles for the cake, but life is about improvising although I admit, it ain't so easy blowing out light bulbs. But hey, I figured its never too early to teach your child that life isn't always easy.
Happy birthday big sister!
Thinking about this fabulous weekend has given me a craving for a hot toasty waffle as the temperature continues to drop. Might sneak off and go look for one. We are expecting a cold snowy weekend. We will be thinking of our Malaysian friends eating kuih kapit. Gong Xi Fa Cai, wishing you all happiness, health and fortune in abundance!