I made Lily a couple of signs for her birthday: Feliz Compleanos! and 9 Anos! Both of them never made it out of my bag. I was still a little uncertain about my Spanish word selection and decided decorations were unnecessary when you are surrounding by Marina Paraiso.
Lily had a really fun time with her three new friends – Looli, Zephyr and Lior. I think there is something about sailors and unique offspring names. I told Lily that after Looli left, I might just nickname Lily “Looli” (for you cowboys, rhymes with “Dually”). Follow? It just slides off the tongue once you get used to it.
Anyway, Lily and I had blown the insides out of a dozen eggs prior to the party. Lily loved watching the clear liquid ooze out followed by the plop of the heavier yolk. Mexican chickens specialize in extremely bright orange-yellow yolks. Everything is more colorful in Mexico, I guess, to stand up against the glaring sun but who would have thought that would include egg yolk? We stirred three of the eggs into the cake batter and put it in our tiny little galley oven. Then we ran out of the kitchen in an intense sweat and stayed out until someone (me) had to go in and check on it. There is a very nice grocery store here with a bakery full of ready-made, nicely iced cakes which you can stand in air-conditioned space, pick out and take home. I had not known what would be available in Isla, so had brought a cake mix from Marathon. Our box cake turned out just fine, according to Zephyr, who ate four pieces (Randall was hesitant to dish up the fourth piece, worried it would make her sick, but he walked away and she talked Jake into the fourth piece).
The girls had a great time painting the eggs. They worked on them quite a while then set them aside to eat cake and swim. While they were swimming, Randall and I cut up confetti from construction paper, poked it in the egg holes and taped over the holes. The idea is that they can then break the eggs and let all the confetti fly. These eggs are a Mexican fiesta tradition called “Cascarons.” Lily is saving hers to break on the next passage and throw in the water. We plan to stay a few more days and then head down the coast.