1. says:

    May 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Martha, this post cracked me up! The things we swore we’d never do, right?! I do a pretty good job of keeping the kids’ b-day parties in check – just a few friends at our house – but I cannot control myself when it comes to the cake, the goodie bags, planning games, etc. I have to take a half day at work just so I have time to decorate the damn cake! But you know, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am telling myself someday the kids will look back and appreciate what we did for them. Hope Annika has a FABULOUS fourth birthday!!!

    • says:

      May 8, 2012 at 7:56 am

      The funny thing is, it’s not that I swore I’d never do that. But it’s so unlike me, it’s just not in my nature. It just never occurred to me that I would do any of this. But here it is!

  2. says:

    May 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Happy Birthday Annika!

    Birthdays are so hard! My son’s birthday is right around the corner, and since he’s the oldest I have a history of going way overboard with him. In kindergarten I decorated cupcakes for his whole class, homemade/frosted sugar cookies for the 75 kids in his after school program, a homemade cake for his party, and goody bags that were chock–full of prime stuff from an online sporting goods vendor. I haven’t been able to keep that up and it kills me. He turns 12 on Saturday and when I asked what he wants to do for a party, I thought he’d want a big shindig somewhere (basketball arena? his whole class playing ball? football stadium? Pool party? Not that we can afford any of that, but he’s my BABY! Turning 12! I would work something out!)

    Imagine my surprise when he said he wants to have 4 buddies over to play video games, eat take&bake pizza, homemade cake, and have a water balloon fight! THAT, we can do …LOL! Maybe when she’s old enough to give a shit, Annika won’t care about the big party! Maybe she’ll be tired of the big productions–You never know…

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