The First Birthday Party in the New House

Birthday Party means kids, presents, food and fun -- and most of all, a piņata. 

Karina is 5 and this is her big day -- and the first birthday party at her new home.

Uncle Enrique is manning the rope to bounce the piņata -- gently  for the little kids and a bit wildly for the big guys.  The other end of the rope is tied to a metal hook that we built into the top of the property wall opposite the second floor balcony.

At the end, the boys move in for the kill -- tearing the piņata to pieces.  

Christmas party piņatas are filled with candy, but birthday ones are not.

And, of course, no party is complete without a cake and balloons.

Dinner was pollo mole with rice and tortillas served to about 35 adults and 20 kids, almost all aunts, uncles and cousins.

We started at 6:30 and the last of us went home about 2 AM.  It was as much a party for the new house as for Karina.

The patio at night is a beautiful party place.

Also this week, we had another birthday of the real kind as Copi, the house dog, gave us seven little ones in her little room under the stairs.

She has gotten lots of attention from the kids and the grown-ups!

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