Margaret was very excited, and chose to get her friend her own copy of The Hobbit and a small stuffed Smaug, just for fun.
I tried to convince her that we should get the golden dragon, but she held firm. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I just let it slide.
The party was one of those marvelous ones that I remember from my childhood, where a bunch of kids ran around in a circle in the yard. There was water. It was awesome.
But the biggest news was that Ellie -- who had previously eschewed all cupcakes -- ate one. With icing. It was THRILLING.
Meanwhile, Margaret, in the background, ate all the icing off of four cupcakes, which I didn't notice, because I was cheering Ellie on. So there was a parenting failure, but the important takeaway is that Ellie ate icing. This is a victory. Leave me alone.