July 11, 2009

My Own Private Perfection

Yesterday I stood in a long line for one-dollar sub sandwiches and then ran into Kmart for the skateboard Carter had his eye on. I was waiting until payday. It was $13.

I got home and put out the sandwiches only to realize that I forgot to get one for Gray. Thankfully he doesn't eat the bread and I had the ingredients in my own sandwich and the rest in the fridge to make a pretty convincing mock-up. He never had
a clue.

I spent the entire day washing veggies and preparing food for the birthday party. It was one of those rare moments in time where I found enjoyment in every single task, and everything turned out exactly as it should. Even hubby had finished with
the grill just as the final dish was set out and our guests were ready to eat.

[Our plates and cloth napkins didn't match and I did have to wash the forks again before dessert. But I love the quirkiness. I wouldn't do it any other way.]


[The hot potato salad that everyone loved. I doubled this recipe and only had 1 packet of ranch so I added a packet of Tastefully Simple Savory Cheese dip as a substitute. Divine.]


[Carter read each card out loud. Really loud.]


[He asked for brownies instead of cake. I also served mini pound cakes with fresh strawberries & blueberries topped with whipped cream.]


Not everything was "perfect"...

I realized I forgot the candle when Carter said to me, "Now Mommy, you didn't forget my
candle now, did you?" And so a quick call to Mimi had that taken care of (she was already picking up the frozen pink lemonade I'd also forgotten for the punch.)

I did buy balloons. And forgot to 1.) blow them up and 2.) put them out.

When searching for the allergy medicine for a guest our hall closet
might have thrown up on me. I quickly shoved everything back in and managed to get it shut again, with a little shoulder/half body slam.

I totally cheated and copied our entire menu (aside from dessert) from Amy's birthday post earlier this week. Seriously, the punch and the potato salad I could probably live on. And maybe had for breakfast this morning.

I still have eleventymillion dishes to wash. I do not have a dishwasher.


I later found Carter outside practicing his skateboard. "I'm not really good at it yet, Mommy. I'm a little wobbly. But I'll keep trying."

Oh, kid... me too. Me too.


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31 comments:

  1. I can guarantee you that he will always remember how cool his birthday was! We moms tend to focus on the things that go wrong, but it's the big picture celebration that is the happiness maker. Happy birthday to Carter. :)

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  2. Happy Birthday Carter! I'm definately trying that punch for Stella's 1st birthday next week. Yum!

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  3. I love your honest posts like these. My biggest fear with becoming a mother is failing, not being perfect. Then I read these and remember that the beauty is not in the perfection, or even in the imperfections, but in the attempts at goodness.

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  4. Happy Birthday Carter!

    It sounds like it was the perfect party ;).

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  5. It was perfect!

    Happy Birthday Carter!

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  6. Sounds like a pretty perfect day to me! Thanks for the links to the punch and potato salad, I'm definitely going to have to check them out...

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  7. Sounds absolutely wonderful!! And I LOVE your plates! I want some!!! ;)

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  8. Sooooo happy everything turned out! We had those moments too. Our weather barely held out for the big day and I had planned to do lots of cool stuff for the kids. They ended up playing outside with a random ball for two hours...and everyone was happy. Even if it wasn't exactly how I pictured it in my head :)

    Glad the recipes were a hit!! Happy Birthday to Carter too!

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  9. It was a great party. I loved the cloth napkins. I loved the container your potato salad was in with the basket. Carter had a wonderful 7th Birthday party. I didn't even notice there weren't balloons!

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  10. I think it sounds (and looks) divine. What a wonderful party!

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  11. When I was turning four my mom blew up TONS of balloons and stashed them in the closet for a surprise. She then forgot they were there, and before she was ready she opened the closet door to get the broom and WHOOOOSH!! out came all the balloons.
    She was disappointed that her surprise failed, but we were SO PSYCHED about the balloons ^_^

    Your post made me think of this.

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  12. Sounds like you had a great party for Carter. :-)

    He is lucky to have such an awesome mommy!

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  13. It does sound wonderful! I love the brownies instead of cake!

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  14. Aww. Such a sweet post. :)

    Happy Birthday, Carter!

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  15. Still sounds like it was a great day to me! I'm glad everyone had fun and it was a memorable and sweet birthday with yummy treats all around!

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  16. I am so glad you used the hot potato salad recipe at your party! It is a great crowd pleaser. Thanks for linking it back to me! pamela

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  17. sometimes we get into deails that are not quite important and when they go wrong we dont even bother about them...

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  18. These are the best days, when we can look beyond the imperfections to the joy of living! May today have some magic in it for you!

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  19. Oh how fun!!! The potato salad sounds AWESOME. And I love the different dishes-if we have more than 3 people eating, the others all get unmatched plates-the survivors of many broken dishes from various moves, while we were in school, so they are pretty hardy dishes!

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  20. Happy Birthday, Carter!

    And I absolutely LOVE this post.

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  21. I'm sure he enjoyed his birthday so much. The little details are never remembered by kids, right?

    Happy birthday to Carter!

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  22. Love it. What a fun birthday party for your little man.

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  23. Sounds like a magnificent party to me! Happy Birthday to Carter, we will be celebrating Sierra's 7th birthday next month. My how the time flies.

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  24. Perfection is SO overrated. And this, sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate your boy. Happy Birthday to him! : )

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  25. Oh I just love that. Sounds like you had a great mommy day. Those days ARE perfect. Perfectly lovely.

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  26. Happy Birthday Carter!

    The food looks really good. Yum! Why don't you have a dishwasher? We don't either because among other things I don't like the way they smell, but was starting to think that I might be the only parent I know that doesn't.

    (Can you tell that I'm pretty tired of guests discovering that I don't own this appliance, nodding their heads wisely and telling me that I'll want one as soon as Elizabeth starts solids. Somehow I doubt it.)

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  27. There is one thing I know for absolutely sure, certain, forever and ever... kids SEE and FEEL perfection in their mommies' eyes and hearts and arms. It is magic. It always has been! What a perfect day and memory you created for Carter.

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  28. sounds perfectly great to me. :) love your honesty. happy birthday to carter! what fun! :)

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  29. Wow, how great. If you just remember it as perfect, then it was because memories are all we have when it is over. :)

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  30. Happy birthday to Carter! My son will be seven this month, and he can't wait!

    Oh, and I totally sympathize with you on waiting till payday to buy something, even if it's only 13 dollars. Living on one income can be stressful at times, but the benefits are worth it by far!

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