Posts Tagged ‘birthday parties’

Whew! What a busy three days I have had. Friday was Maya’s first birthday. My daughter wanted to take her to a restaurant where they’ve gone for the first birthdays for the boys, to keep the tradition. However, it’s a pricey steak house and no one has any money. My daughter belongs to their frequent diners’ club and got a twenty-five dollar gift certificate for her birthday which was set to expire on the fifteenth of this month. Twenty-five dollars is not enough for all of us to go so I suggested that she and Chris take Maya there for lunch (cheaper menu) and I would take the boys to pizza at the same time. The pizza place was having a promo where we didn’t have to pay for the pizza if we bought a Pepsi product so it was a good deal. After pizza the boys and I went to the park but not until we went to Dollar Tree to get paper airplanes to fly at the park. We also went for a short hike through the park grounds which is a habitat reclamation project so it has nice trails. Then they wanted a slushy drink so we hurried to Taco Bell so we could get them for one dollar during their happy hour! Then finally, home. Or at least to my home where they watched an old movie, Harry And the Hendersons. Whew! I’m exhausted remembering it.

There were a lot of things to be done on Friday night to be ready for Saturday’s party so I was up late, putting together a photo “clothesline” of pictures of Maya’s first year and some other stuff I said I would make. I’ll have to remember to say I will make less in upcoming birthdays (we have Anderson’s in four weeks then Spencer’s four weeks after that).

Then on Sunday I was called to go entertain Maya while Tina got things ready for the party. The cake and pizzas had to be picked up and no one volunteered (meaning Chris didn’t go get them. Tina was busy the entire time. Finally, after one o’clock, Tina sent me home to iron on some transfers for five t-shirts and then to pick up the pizzas and the cakes.  I got that done and dropped off the shirts before picking up pizza and cake. Luckily, I dropped off the pizza before going to get the cake because guest were already there and unbeknownst to me, when I got to the store bakery to pick up our order of two cakes, there were no cakes. They had messed up and had put the order in under the wrong Saturday. By the time the realized they had messed up (after looking and looking for the cakes and calling the bakery manager at home) and solved the problem by giving us a different cake and I got back to Tina’s, it was three forty-five and the party was almost over. They were just waiting for the cake! I missed the whole thing.

That’s the whine which made me need the wine! I had a glass of wine spritzer my daughter had made then sat in the recliner after everyone left. I finally managed to get my weary bones out of the recliner and home by about six. I was in so much pain that I didn’t even make it to my bedroom. I sat on the couch and didn’t get up for about three hours! And today, after twelve hours of sleep, I am still very tired and my body is sore all over, as in where’s the truck that hit me kind of sore! But it’s all over for this month. I told my daughter last night before I came home, that I am not going to go pick things up next time and if I do, I won’t do it at the last minute. She needs to tell me in advance and I need to have time to rest in between because I just can’t do that thing where I go non-stop for twelve to fourteen hours anymore.

And the more! The party was a success. The decorations were fun and the photo clothesline turned out really neat. I stole the idea from my daughter-in-law. I printed out a bunch of pictures in tiny form (nine to a 4″ x 4″ sheet). They are cut out and hung with a tiny clothespin (I used pink glittered ones) on a clothesline made of the thinnest cord I could find. Very cute. The kids had fun. The pinata was a success. The birthday girl was happy and full of energy. All things considered, it was all worth the hassles. At least it was when I think of how happy the kids were!

That’s my whine, wine and more. What do you have to share?


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If we were having coffee today, I would be in a rush because it’s my grandson’s third birthday and the party is right now. My internet is out at home so I am sitting in the car outside my daughter’s house typing this so I can send it from her connection.

I ran around this morning because, true to form, my daughter didn’t get stuff for the kids’ goodie bags so she let me know around midnight that she wanted me to go get stuff! Thank goodness we have a Dollar Tree nearby!

Last night I went to a fundraiser for the local high school’s Senior Night. It was a bus ride, yes with drinking, to the casino. I didn’t now a soul because I don’t have anyone in any of the schools here anymore. It was still fun. Fireball shots. Seven and seven. Fireball with 7-Up. That last one I made up myself and it got to be quite popular with the drinkers on the bus! I never participated in anything with a crowd like the one last night where it seemed to be “anything goes”. On the way back, there were several drunken couples dancing in the aisle…on a moving bus…provocatively. Interesting seen. If the kids had planted a camera on the bus, they would have a lot of “blackmail material” on their parents!

Well, it is quite difficult to type this in the car so I think will cut it short and go join the party where there is a mimosa with my name on it!

I’m currently participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge with a theme of Abuse. I hope you’ll stop by and take a look at my Monday through Saturday posts in April.

Tell me about you. How was your week? Any plans for the coming week? Reading any interesting books? Are you participating in A to Z? If so, please leave me a link in the comments so I can stop by.





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To join in the fun of weekend coffee share posts (informal catch up posts)just write your post, publish it, then visit Part Time Monster to enter your post URL in the linky at then end of Diana’s post.

If we were having coffee, I would welcome you for a quick chat and I would hope you would forgive me if I started to yawn. I would not be yawning because you were boring me. It’s just that I didn’t get any sleep last night. As I type this, it’s 11:15 PM on Saturday. On Friday, try as I might, I could not get to sleep. By the time the yawning came and I was able to close my eyes it was after 8:30 Saturday morning. And I woke up wide awake at 9:51 AM so I only slept a tiny bit over an hour. That’s it. No naps. Nothing. And it has been a busy day. So I am tired and I am sleepy. Please forgive me.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I made a rainbow colored tutu for Anderson’s little girlfriend who has her fourth birthday on Sunday. She loves rainbows and what little girl does not like tutus? So I made her one. It was very easy and I am impressed that I pulled it off. The part that took the longest was running around town getting my supplies. It’s a good thing tulle is cheap because I used all 7 colors of the spectrum, a yard each. I hope she’ll like it when she opens it at her party. I don’t have little grand daughters so I will have to do for others what I would do for mine, at least until I get a grand daughter.

The boys and I have been to the park every day this week, except Friday as I don’t watch them on Fridays. Tomorrow I am taking them to the birthday party which is at a park. So more park play! I am hoping that it is not as hot tomorrow as it has been. The park we will be at has no shade. So I’m crossing my fingers that it’s not horribly hot. Do me a favor and cross yours for me, too! 😉

This week I will be going to California for the memorial service. At least that’s the plan. It is next Saturday but I will be flying down there on Thursday so I can help with some of the cooking and anything else that I can help with. I may not get to post a coffee share next week but I will be thinking of all of you and I’ll come around to read what and when I can.

Midweek travel means it will be a busy week getting myself together for the trip. I’m going to make photo boards for the service so I am scanning and sending photos to Walgreens then I will pick them up and take them with me to assemble the boards down there. I did it for my brother’s service and it took hours but a lot of the photos are already scanned so I’m hoping it won’t take forever. Even if it does, it will be worth it because the photo boards capture my dad and our family during happy times and that’s what I want to think about right now.

No sleep last night has left me very tired and I think I will be getting myself to sleep now. I’m already nodding off. I’m just hoping that doesn’t mean that I will sleep for 4 hours then wake up. It will make me tired again by noon tomorrow.

Before I go, I want to tell you about a book I just finished last night. It’s called 600 Hours With Edward by Craig Lancaster. It is excellent. It’s about Edward who is an adult with Asperger’s who lives alone because his father doesn’t want him disrupting his home life. Edward takes us on a sad, yet hopeful and at times humorous trip that I would recommend that you take with him. There is also a second book, Edward Adrift. I actually read Edward Adrift last year, not knowing that there was a first book. I’m glad I read the first one even if I read them out of order.

You? What’s up? How’s your sleep cycle? Books? Movies? TV? Tell me!

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Last night and tonight have been spent scouring the internet for ideas and patterns, especially free downloadable ones, for Lego theme party decorations, crafts, favors, etc. Yup, it’s that time of year. It is about five weeks until Anderson turns 5! He has requested a Lego party which makes sense because that’s all he ever wants to play with these days.

I’m thinking of making individual rubber stamps of a Lego type figure or block that we can include in the goodie bags for kids. I’ve made hand carved rubber stamps before but it has been a while and I’m not sure if I still have my cutting tools. I’m hoping I can find them this weekend and settle on some easy graphics and buy my erasers and get started because I think I will need some place between ten and twenty! Then I can use a set to make some stickers for the goodie bags, too.

My daughter is making Lego brick shaped crayons and will get started on them as soon as the mold arrives. I think she’s making the cake or cupcakes this year, instead of me. I’m the one that usually makes and decorates them. But it’s her turn and she wants to do it so I’m good with that.

We have a couple of games for them to play and a craft, all with Legos! These kids will have fun and it will be a blast to watch them.

I’m glad Spencer is not old enough to know about requesting a birthday theme because their birthdays are only four weeks apart but within the next couple of years, that will change and we’ll have to do two themed parties in a four week period! Whew! At least they are both boys so there’s a chance the little one will be into some of the same things his big brother has been into so we can do a repeat!

This was the cake I made for Anderson's first birthday.

This was the cake I made for Anderson’s first birthday.

This is the cake for his fourth birthday.

This is the cake for his third birthday.

This was for birthday number 2.

This was for birthday number 2.

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