I've been hearing from more than one
parent relative friend reader that I have been missed during my hiatus. Unfortunately, my blog brings me no income, so it is not (yet?) a job for me.
Parenting my four boys, however, is my full time job and with our busy summer schedule of camps, swimming, playing, vacation, and some more playing, I simply released blogging from my list of priorities. I really wanted my boys to enjoy their summer before they start public school this fall.
It felt good. But I'm glad a few of you missed me.
Being the cheapskate that I am, I've never really put on big productions for any of my kids' birthday parties. But this is likely my LAST chance to celebrate a three year old in our home, so.....
This year, via a raffle, I wound up with a gift certificate for use of our town's indoor field house. A perfect place for lots of little ones to run around. For a small fee, I added some bounce houses to the mix and proceeded to invite everyone who I thought I might be able to convince to come.
Squirt had been talking about an "Elmo Berday" for months, so Elmo was our theme. Dorothy and Mr. Noodle even came along to decorate his cake.
We wound up with nearly 50 people. We had a blast.
See for yourself.
The birthday boy.
Jenny, Deb, and Jessalyn with little Cordelia.
Christa, me, and Jenny
There were so many kids, it was impossible to get a picture of all of them. Here's a handful: Sawyer, Parker, Squirt, and Silas.
Sweet Maggie playing with Squirt.
The Hunter with his friend Ellie. These two have been the best of friends since before they could walk. Now they are starting FOURTH GRADE!!!!
A long line of cake eaters.
Gentry and Sawyer. Little sister, big brother.
This was the point when Aunt Louie said, "Maybe I could just move out here and you could convince all your friends to keep having babies."
To which my friends all shouted, "Okay! Yes! Please do that! How soon can you make that happen?"
Singing Happy Birthday to my little man. This picture speaks volumes to me. I tear up whenever I look at it because I can see how my heart felt.
Make a wish!
These were the three women who helped me labor and birth this big boy. Erin, Ashley, and Jenny.
Because we had such a large party, I had to carefully plan the subject of gift giving. Squirt really did not need one more solitary toy, not to mention the stress and selfishness that comes out when a three year old opens gifts.
I also wanted to acknowledge in a tangible way our gratefulness for our healthy family, for living always in plenty, for never wondering if my boys were going to get enough to eat each day, and for so much more.
I made the request on the invitation to please not bring a gift for Squirt. Instead, I gave the option to our guests to contribute to Compassion's Child Survival Program that my friend from college Julie and her husband have started.
We decided that we would match the funding that we received at the party and I am pleased to say that we will be donating a total of $170 toward these moms and babies in great need.
It was a wonderful way to top off our celebration.