Ms. R was completely excited about the idea of having a birthday party with all her Canadian cousins during this visit to Canada - and since I rarely deny my children reasonable requests, I arranged for us to do so yesterday. I invited Tina and her girls, Michael & Jenie and their kids, Dawn & Gary and their kids, Rachael's daughter, Maria Wert and her kids, Ben & Becka and their troupe, my Dad and Sandy, my Aunt Norma and my Mom and Rod. Ben/Becka and their kids, Rod and Sandy were the only ones not able to make it. 18 kids, 10 adults, two dogs, two cats ... Dawn's place was a bit of a mad house for a bit. A lot of fun though. I'm glad I had a reason to get all those people together, I think everyone enjoyed themselves.