In years past, I’ve been super excited to plan and throw some fun themed parties. If you’ve been here for a little while, then you may have seen one or two of them. Some of my favorites are Gav’s construction, Ro’s 2nd trip around the sun, and Ro’s Wonka party. This year was a little different.
Well…I did the unthinkable. I sent an evite for Gavin’s birthday party this past weekend.
Ok, ok. I kid. (No really, please don’t think I’m THIS dramatic.)
But, as one of “those” moms, those “Pinterest” moms, I enjoy doing all the bells and whistles for birthdays. Yes, I ACTUALLY ENJOY doing all the crazy labels and renaming food and decor and anything else I can do for a theme. Yes, I realize that it’s mainly just for me and my children will have no recollection of said party. It’s just who I am. However, as kids get older and my house continues to stay the same size, there’s less and less space to have the parties at the house. This means jumpy places and specialty parties and those places cost the money that I would normally spend.
This past Saturday was our precious firstborn’s birthday. The last time his birthday fell on a Saturday was his actual BIRTH day. The day he came out! You can read all about that HERE. What was the theme this year? Why only one of his favorite things to do, tae kwon do! Gav started taking tae kwon do last summer and immediately loved it. His masters are so encouraging yet firm and he thrives under that sort of discipline. This practice has been so good for him and lucky us, they throw birthday parties! We knew this would be perfect. We literally had this party booked in November.
It may not come as a surprise but I LOVE Pinterest. Everything about it from the inspiration to the recipes, even to the gorgeous wedding pics and boards. I may be married but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate all of the pretty inspiration photos! But in my mommy world, the kind of parties I’m looking to plan are of the kiddo variety.
There are probably double the number of pins as there are children in the world for every type of party you can imagine. And you can best believe I already had a full board of pins for Gav’s first birthday before he turned 6 months old. (Ok…ok…Roman too!) I can’t help myself and I’m not even doing it for the “wow” factor of party guests. It’s for me! I absolutely love all of the themed food, games, and favors. As a crafter since birth and perpetual DIYer, it’s fun for me!
But this year, for Gav’s 4th birthday, well…I didn’t. I had a really hard time with it at first. There was just no way I could have as many kids as we were inviting in my house. If Gav had a summer birthday, maybe, but with a January birthday, outdoor activities aren’t an option. So we booked a party at a jumpy place and I began the mourning process of my Pinterest board. But then the more I started to think about how I wouldn’t have any clean up, no worries about where to put the cat, no millions of cars on my lawn, and minimal expenses, the better this party was sounding.
Then, after looking at my board, I realized that there were a few elements that I could still do, like pizza box favors and TMNT balloons. I was going to get to do some of my favorite parts and not have to worry about the rest which, even before I had two kids, can get stressful. Don’t get me wrong, the stress is beyond worth it, but this time around, I was willing to let the board go. Plus, I still have a few years of Pinterest parties left with Ro!
I was feeling so relieved as we pulled in to the parking lot with only balloons in my backseat but the best part was once we were inside, Gav looked around the play area and, jumping up and down, he said, “I’m so excited! It’s my party!” That right there was the most perfect moment. To make it even better, my aunt over heard my sweet boy with two of his friends saying, “Isn’t this amazing?!”
Sadly, I left my DSLR at home in the rush to get out the door, but thank goodness for cellphones!My mom and my aunt even bought matching TMNT shirts!
This is one of my favorite traditions for birthdays around here. I love hearing his answers, even if it takes 15 minutes of “I don’t know”s until I get an answer. He’s a stubborn little Mr. but he’s awfully cute!
See three year old Gav’s answers HERE.
Last night I gave a bath, helped with a devotional, read a book and sang songs to a three year old. Last night watched an almost four year old brush his teeth, pick out his jammies, and say his prayers.
This morning I woke up to a four year old where my three year old slept the night before. I remember the moment they placed you in my arms as if it were yesterday but at the same time it seems so far away. You are tenacious, smart, strong willed, independent, and imaginative. You amaze me every day with what you say, what you do, and who you are. I love our conversations, how you talk a mile a minute after school, and when you tell me all about your dreams in the morning. I love playing Ninja Turtles with you and all of the guessing games you make up. I also love your knock knock jokes, especially when the punchline is always the same. (It’s the interrupting cow joke but sometimes he’ll sub out cow for tree or some other object. More often than not, the object always interjects with “Moo!”) I love your big, bright, handsome smile when you see me pull up in car line at school and when I tell you you can have an extra treat after dinner. I love watching you grow into the most amazing big brother Roman could ever hope for and I knew you could be. You are sweet and strong and growing into the most amazing little boy. You’re not a toddler anymore, you’re a kid!
Happy fourth birthday, Gavin! (aka Gav, Mr. G, Bug, Gav-a-lav)
I love more than all the stars in the sky!
*Featured in September 2017 issue of Parents magazine
We had so much fun last week celebrating Mr. G’s birthday with our friends and family. This year we went with a construction theme since that’s one of his favorite things in the world. He knows just about all of the names of the vehicles and will, no doubt, correct you if you’re wrong. Also, as an added bonus, the street behind our house, a major road that we travel daily, is undergoing massive construction. I mean, like this won’t be done for a few years so there are construction vehicles working on the shoulders everyday. Mr. G is in hog heaven!