Then presents that make a bedroom makeover, complete with two colors of wall paint, fuzzy bright pillows, sparkly lime green curtains. Then pastels to draw with after you've read good books while you're wearing your new shoes and your hat-like-kaisha's...all the while eating Skittles. Plus the lime green garbage can that any decent 9 year old would kill to receive for a birthday gift.
Treats on birthdays aren't allowed at school anymore due to kids with allergies. But stickers are in. I stopped by school to drop off 25 sheets of monkeys and fish and bees and frogs for Mia to give to each of her classmates. And the whole cafeteria sang Happy Birthday to her, which, evidently, makes a little girl sit there with big eyes until it's over.