well, we finally had time for a birthday party for ellen. only 4 days late, not too bad given the circumstances. let's see. we decorated the room with balloons and streamers. we made a little ellen wall and had a cake and cup cakes. we spent some of the afternoon making pinyatas as well. the african kids had never seen a pinyata before and they had a blast taking whacks at them. ellen got a doll for her birthday and hasn't really let it out of her sight ever since. it was a good little party. she was really cute walking around with her crown on all evening.