As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bongo's Birthday


At our January birthday celebration, I mentioned that there were no more birthday celebrations at Pineapple House until April. "No one has a birthday in February or March, so the next birthday is Bekah's."

And then I heard a little girl say, "Bongo's birthday is in February."



Now Bongo is not just any monkey. Oh no. Bongo is much-loved by Nora and he is a regular part of our family gatherings!


He went on the kayaking adventure last fall.

He comes to sleepovers.

He visits us every time Nora visits. 

He is a part of all of the children's play. 

Sometimes he "hides," but he is always found.




Since there were no birthday peeps in February,

and since we don't need really much of an excuse for a party,

and since we discovered that almost everyone loves banana pudding,

well . . . why not celebrate Bongo's birthday?!

So we did! 😁


Decorations had a tropical flair! 
Here is the birthday boy with his new baby brother, Bingo (one of Nora's own birthday gifts).

Kati made little banana picks to top her homemade coconut cupcakes. (She made a few mini cupcakes for Bongo's party table.)

Gammy and I both made banana pudding for the party.

We played Birthday Bingo Bongo. (Call out "Bongo" when you get five in a row!)

Bongo was on Nora's team.



There was a pair of pineapple sunglasses for photo props. (When I picked those up off the clearance rack in Target, I knew they'd come in handy some day. They were just waiting for the right occasion.)



Bongo took a turn. 

Here, Nora is showing Bongo the cards and present that the cousins had made for him.



We all sang to Bongo and then he blew out his candles!




We loved watching Nora, who was shy at her own birthday celebration, having such fun at Bongo's. I suppose the pressure's off when you are not the center of attention!

I think Bongo enjoyed his moment in the spotlight!


28 comments:

  1. Cheryl, this is absolutely charming! How adorable! Bongo and little Bingo look so happy and appreciative of all the attention. The cupcakes with the banana picks and some for Bongo is just the cutest. Along with all of your grands in pineapple sunglasses--so darling. The thumb sucking grand really cracked me up! Fun times at the Pineapple House. ♥

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    1. Martha Ellen, we all had such a good time celebrating Nora's little guys! ♥

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  2. That’s so adorable! Happy Birthday, Bongo!

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  3. You are one imaginative grandmother. How honored Bongo (and Nora) must
    have felt. I am the grandmother who secretly kidnaps the Bongos of the world
    and chucks them in the washing machine. So you can see which of us has
    a higher rating with her grands. Love those glasses!

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    1. Sometimes the best things start as a whim and you just decide to fly with it! But, hey, there is definitely something to said for clean, fresh Bongos! :)

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  4. Yeah, what were you thinking, that there were no more birthdays until April! Lol and now you'll have Bingo's as well. This is just so much fun, Cheryl!! I love all the love and fun shared by your family!

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    1. Yes, I spoke too soon, didn't I?! :) It was lots of fun!

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  5. What a fun day. You have the best ideas and like you say...any excuse for a party!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! Celebrating Bongo gave us a new idea for a theme! :)

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  6. What a great memory-making day! Loved all the tropical decorations.What fun!

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    1. Thank you! We sure did make some great memories!

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  7. What a good grandma you are to think of such a thing and carry it out so creatively! I think you guys just love getting together for any reason, even no reason at all! Bongo seems to be a special guy and much loved.

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    1. As I said to Vee, sometimes the best ideas begin as a whim. They key is saying "yes" and "why not" to the whim! But you're right, we do love to spend time together and a fun theme is a bonus. Also yes: Bongo is much loved!

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  8. I love everything about this party. What a fun celebration. Very creative ideas to keep everyone entertained. Happy birthday Bongo!

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    1. Thanks, Ellen! We all had great fun! :)

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  9. What fun! The grands will always remember this special b'day for Bongo. Cute photos with the sunglasses!

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    1. That is my hope, Cheryl . . . that the grands will always remember these special times we share!

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  10. What fun ... special family times, even for Bongo!

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    1. I am quite sure that he loved it! ;)

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  11. Definitely a BRILLIANT idea & excuse for a very clever party! Happy Birthday, Bongo! ♥

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