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Everybody singing: Happy Birthday Day to you. Happy Birthday Day to you. Happy Birthday Day Dear Angie and Alice. Happy Birthday Day to you!!!
Bette could be heard telling them to “Make a wish and blow out the candles.”
Angie and Alice did their now ritualistic act of blowing the candles, cutting the cake, and making a mess as they smash it into each other’s faces. Everyone is laughing and Bette gets it on video while Shane does the digital shots.
As the party winds down everyone can’t stop talking about what a fabulous time they had and how impressed they were with Peggy’s private beach mansion and her attentive staff. Douglas and the hired servers kept up with the food as it was being consumed almost as fast as it was being served. Manuel and a certified lifeguard ensured that everyone adhered to safety regulations while enjoying water sports, swimming in the ocean or wading in the pool. Martha and the housekeeping staff refreshed towels, cleaned up messes and kept up with both kids and adults to maintain tidiness and order.
The sun was setting and most of the guest had gone. Now only the family hung around and relaxed, many of them dozing off in loungers, or laying on beach towels. Bette, and Angie were cuddled up on a double standalone hammock.
“Well sweet pea this was some birthday party. Did you have fun?”
“Momma I had the best time. This was the best birthday party I’ve ever had. Thank you, Momma.”
“You need to thank your grandma for letting us have the party here.”
“I did Momma. Grandma Peggy said I could have my party here all the time if I want to. Can I Momma?”
“If your grandma says it’s OK, then it’s OK with me. Hey, I saw you playing with Joshua a lot today. He’s getting big, isn’t he?”
“He doesn’t cry so much anymore. He’s getting teeth and he’s trying to walk. Did you see me helping him Momma?”
“I did. I think that was so sweet of you. So, you think babies aren’t so bad anymore?”
“Not too bad.”
“You know your cousins David and Gina are going to have their baby girl in a few weeks. Auntie Kit is going to fly to Boston to stay with them. I told David to send us lots of pictures when the baby is born.”