Watch a google created story slideshow of it by clicking on this link: Wizard's Train Birthday Story
We did, however, have a little picnic for Amara at a park in Heber beforehand, and she got to choose what we ate. Her only request was hotdogs. That surprised me and Steve because every time I've made hotdogs, she turns her nose up at them and usually just ends up eating a bun. Initially, Steve and I tried to persuade Amara toward a different food, bringing up the fact that she doesn't ever eat hotdogs when we have them, but our persuasion was just making her feel bad, like her choice wasn't good enough,and like we didn't approve of her menu planning for her birthday picnic. I could see her holding back tears. "Amara, I think hotdogs are a great idea. Let's do hotdogs. It's your birthday and you can have hotdogs!" That made her happy again.
So, a hotdog picnic it was! Amara loved her picnic. Her Aunty April, Uncle Spencer, cousins Devon, and Tommy were there, as well as her grandma and grandpa Christensen and Uncle Matt. Her grandma and grandpa Mapother came later on and wished her well on her train ride. Along with the hotdogs, we had chips with homemade salsa, and fresh sliced peaches. Her cake was a masterpiece. I stacked 3 texas donuts on a plate and filled the center with mini teddy grahams and mini oreo cookies.
Incidentally, on our way back to the train station, there was a huge fire on someone's property not far from the train station. The fire department was putting it out when we drove by. Eek. I think some wicked wizards were meddling in the dark arts and made a mess in our muggle world.