It's dangerously close. Our day. The day where us moms get to have everything we ever wanted and more. We're continuing our motherhood moments theme through this weekend simply because we're having so much fun. Today the fresh and original Annie brings us a topic near and dear to my heart - kids' birthday parties. And the fact that her daughter's party is on Mother's Day weekend - well, that just really takes the cake. Enjoy.
Written by Annie
It seems just like yesterday that I was yelling at my husband to shut up and stop being so cheerful while I was in labor. I remember the smell of the McDonald's breakfast my mom brought him & yelling to get in the bathroom or leave the room with that stinky stuff. My nostrils were aflair and my contractions were a-kicking.
She was born on Mother's Day. It was and will be the only peaceful Mother's Day I have. I did not have to tend to my mother-in-law that day. It was bliss. That and the fact I squeezed out an 8-pounder and lessened my bowel issues and my waist line minutely, I would call it a success.
What is not a success? Planning the parties that birthdays require....
As I readied for this years 6-year-old bash, I did it very crankily.
Why, you may ask?
Well, for starters,if your kid is at all like mine, they have about 117 too many toys, 34 extra books, 21 too many movies, and about 50 extras that they haven't used in a good year. So, when they hand you their list, which they have in their very best kindergarten writing whipped up, you see:
American Girl Doll
Junie B Books
Golden Retriever Puppy
Okay, so the books are the only thing under $100. Thanks for the selection, kid.
I've given in and gotten a larger gift, which is crazy for a 6-year-old,but fine. Plus, she is the last in our neighborhood to have one of these. Obviously, some people are more indulgent than I.
Next comes the phone calls from her friends asking what she would like. Hmmmm.....how about a surprise!? Or your presence? Or a donation to someone who really needs it?!? After all, it isn't like I can ask for one of her most cherished wanted items and I've already pimped the Junie B Books out to the max.
I'm cranky. Why all the stuff? Why do I go nuts on parties? I even "toned it down" this year to a home party where we will all be making our own aprons and then decorating cookies and baked goods. I figure if the guests parents are going to load my house up with STUFF, I can load their kid up with ample sugar and send them home.
So, stuff overload, themed to the hilt, and then.........the infamous party favors.I don't remember getting more than a hat and a paper blow horn when I was a kid, but these days you get favors that could rival the giveaways at the MTV awards! Seriously, people. Why don't we just say NO?
But, alas, I don't want to be the trendsetter in the "Less is More" parties just yet. I'm already the social outcast for having a "home party" over an extravaganza at a playland where you shell out $21.99 for each of your 22 guests, plus favors and personalized, non-handwritten invites.
Love to my sweet Delaney, who is worth every penny and even all the extra stuff we will be housing.........
Confidential to my daughter: Quit rolling your eyes at me. You're 6, not 16.