Let The Month of Parties Begin!

June is here and with it comes our round of Summer celebrations. We literally have a birthday party every Saturday for the next 3 weeks. Then we’ll get a week “off” to recoup and prepare for our 4th of July celebrations. My one and only nephew, Xander, turned the big o-4 today (well yesterday considering it’s already 1:30am). I promised my sister I would help her setup for the party on Saturday while Ellie has the big job of playing with her little cousin until party time.  

Ellie isn’t taking the “job” lightly. She has already packed a backpack full of toys she thinks he’ll like. Never mind the fact that he has a bedroom overflowing with everything and anything they could possibly want to play with.  There is definitely no arguing with a 4 year old (who reminded me today she’s closer to 5!) when she sets her mind to something. I think the Scorpio in her is definitely shining through!

Then comes next week. I seriously can’t believe my baby girl is going to be 1 in 9 days! What happened to the last year? I swear this one went way faster than Ellie’s first year.  Most of the decorations have been bought, and the stuff for activities is in the process of being made. I’ve got so much to do next week I don’t know how I’ll get it all done. It may seem a bit excessive to throw a big bash for Aubrey’s 1st birthday, but we’re doing it for a good reason.  We’re also using the party to celebrate the fact that my sis-in-law, Sam, is home from the hospital and doing great! She was locked in that dreaded place for 74 days, and we’re happy to have her home. 

So, Aubrey’s 1st birthday/Sam’s welcome home party will be a luau. I like to choose party themes with decorations we can reuse many times instead of 1st birthday specific decor. We’re planning a large kiddie pool for the big kids, a small splash pool for the babies, a treasure hunt, some bubble fun, and Ellie swears we can’t have a luau without doing the Limbo. I don’t know where she even learned the Limbo, but she’s dead set on it…yet again showing her power to set her mind to something and accomplish it! She’s been practicing all week with my broom stick propped between two chairs, and just watching her get down low makes my back hurt. Oh to be a kid again!

I still have to figure out the food situation. I originally wanted to do crock pot barbecue, but I’m not sure if I’ll accomplish that or not.  It’s a matter of finding enough pork butt at a decent price. I’ve been diligently watching meat sales for a few weeks, and so far the price hasn’t been within my budget for the amount of meat we would need to buy. We only have a small number of kids coming to the party, but with all the adults in our family we tend to have around 40-50 people present for birthdays. Considering we’re having a late afternoon party and not something at mealtime I may be able to pull off my pulled pork idea in a snack size form.  We’ll just have to see!  

I think the hardest part of planning her birthday party is keeping myself off Pinterest. I already have so many ideas, and my Pinterest stockpile keeps growing.  The problem is I don’t have the time, money, or energy to do everything.  I tend to forget I can save those ideas for many future birthday parties to come. 

 

Pampers Celebrating Firsts Winner Announced

 

The Pampers Celebrating Firsts Prize Pack Giveaway has come to an end, and I want to first off thank everyone who entered.  The winner will receive a prize pack with the following:

· Baby’s First Friend Plush Doll

· Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box

· Baby’s First Words Book

· Baby’s First Steps Push Toy

· Pampers Swaddlers

*Drumroll Please!*

Congratulations to Celeste, entry #119!  I have emailed you for your information, and will choose an alternate winner if I don’t hear from you in 24 hours (from 5:45pm EST).

Chew While I Shop

Today has been all about Christmas shopping and decorating yet neither are finished. Truth is I’m not even close to finishing my decorations, but at least I got started. I still have a few more gifts to pick up as well, but my list is getting much shorter. If I get a chance to order the nanokontrol at guitar center I think my brother-in-law would like I may be able to knock one more gift off my list tonight.

Everything at this point depends on the may or may not be cutting another tooth baby girl sitting in my lap as  I type this.  She may allow me to do more this evening, but I have a feeling most of the night will be spent sitting on the couch trying to appease her.  She’s happily grabbing at her socks as she balances between my arms at the moment, but that is sure to change in the blink of an eye.  Aubrey has been rather fussy most of the day today,  and she wants to chew on everything in site like a little destructive puppy.  Yes, I just compared my teething baby to a puppy, but the truth is IMO no puppy holds a candle to this adorable baby face!

I’m going to attempt to crack open another container of homemade sweet potato baby food (squash was a total disaster earlier), fill her tummy to the brim, and hopefully put her to bed early this evening.  Who am I kidding?  If today is any indication of how the rest of the evening will be she’ll still be wide awake at midnight!