I find myself in strange but familiar territory lately. As usual, I am putting it on the kid (doesn’t that sound better than blaming it on the kid?). Her birthday is next week and all of a sudden the Pinteresty beast has been awakened in my belly. Even though I wouldn’t label myself a Type A mom, I do love a good color palate and I’m not above assigning one to her second birthday party.* In another life, I loved arts and crafts. I even gave a speech on how to decoupage when I was in college. Shockingly to us all, I passed.
*Thanks for asking! Yellow, red, and purple, in honor of Peep and the Big Wide World
I’ve really enjoyed preparing for her birthday party. We didn’t have a big blowout for her last year because her birthday actually fell on Easter and, honestly, I was still a little shell-shocked from, oh, y’know, having a person come out of me a full year prior. We celebrated with cake and presents (and naps…still recuping from the baby-having) at home and called it a day. This year, some of the friends we’ve met through playgroups and sundry other social channels over the year will be joining us at a local cafe that is very accommodating to small children. The goody bags are stuffed, Pin the Hat on Quack is ready to go, a lovely red and white polka dot table runner I made (read: cut out nicely) for the spread is secured, and all my cupcake-decorating supplies are standing at attention on my kitchen counter.
We are ready to celebrate the second year of keeping our kid alive.
We’re ready to make memories.
I’m crossing my fingers that those memories will not include C having a tantrum halfway through the shindig. It’s a valid concern, as the Terrible Twos showed up a few months early. But I know better than to assume that Hurricane Cee won’t show up. We’ll be packing the iPad for her to watch videos on along with all the other handmade tchotchkes just in case.
We’re no fools.
And really, it’s her party and she can cry if she wants to.
For this month’s Remember the Time, please share your birthday memories! If you’re anything like me and the little girl I’m in charge of, birthdays are a mixed bag. You look forward to them and prepare for the best, but then right when you go in to cut the proverbial cake you remember that it’s been a long while since you let out a primal scream.
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Firstly, please only submit your link if it is related to the prompt. While we LOVE all nostalgic stories, this is a writing “challenge” of sorts and we’d like for all submissions to be thematically similar. Hold your great tale of the time your cat fell down the chimney for a Wild Card month. ;D
Also, the Inlinkz form has changed recently and it’s doing that sorta-kinda annoying thing where the description of what goes in each box is actually BELOW the box. (I know. But it’s free.) Be sure to pay close attention when when you’re filling in the boxes or your link won’t work.
And last but not least, for the box labeled “Name”, please type the name of your blog instead of the title of your post. Capiche?
The linkup will close at 11:55PM EST on April 26th. Be sure to check out everyone else’s posts, too!