October 11, 2010

Hit Something

gray birthday

I am coming off a weekend that did not feel like a weekend to me at all. Do "weekends" exist for mothers? I have found that they do not. What in the world me and all these children that have birthdays? Gah. Reprieve!



We had Gray's birthday party yesterday. He had a blast. We stuffed and hung a piñata and everything. I remember thinking in the past who buys these things and then wonders why people get hurt? For the record, only Carter got caught in the bat-swinging crossfire, and he was fine.

pinata

(We had originally worried not everyone would get a chance before it burst open but it ended up after many kid turns that the adults had to beat it open in the end.)

(It was fun. Piñatas are totally worth it.)

(Also, they are refreshingly... violent?)


glasses

We do no disposables for our parties- means lots of dishwashing and laundry but that's just normal life. We don't have matching drinking glasses or plates, which comes in handy because everyone knows which one is theirs. Win!

It just so happens to be 4:30 am right now and I am (duh) awake in bed with Ivy, Gray, and Carter (all also awake) watching cartoons . And I'm trying to hold myself them off from raiding the kitchen for cupcakes and leftover pizza at least until normal morning time.

gray birthday #5

Update. We are now all eating sticky homemade popcorn balls and individual-sized bags of chips. In my bed.

Now this feels like a weekend. Only it's Monday before-the-sun-is-even-up morning. I'll take it.



24 comments:

  1. Love his flash shirt! I've been wanting to do the piñata thing! Maybe I'll invite some girls over for MY birthday. I'm sure we could all use the release!

    Hope you find some pockets of time to rest this week!

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  2. Once during an Easter party, my cousin hit my aunt in the face with a bat while going for a pinata. That was, consequently, the last year we had a pinata. But I am glad you had the old fashioned kind, because those new kinds where you just pull strings til the candy falls? Those don't seem right.

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  3. What a fun birthday party! I love that you don't use disposable plates, etc. :)

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  4. Sounds JUST like our birthday weekend... including the pinata :) The one my daughter picked out was one of the ribbon-pull ones, which, of course defeats the whole purpose. Those kids beat that thing like you wouldn't believe and it wouldn't come open! We had to disassemble and shake it out, too! HA! Totally worth it, though.

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  5. but that is a wonderful worthwhile memory to have :) what a great birthday...i don t do disposables either for parties

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  6. I totally agree with the weekend thing! The big birthday sounds like it was a success :-) You are such a fun mom :-)

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  7. It was a fun party and the pinata was a BIG hit. I want one for my next birthday! Sorry you didn't get to sleep in. Maybe you will catch a nap today.

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  8. love the no disposable cups. it just makes sense.

    happy belated birthday to Gray!

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  9. His flash shirt rocks my socks. Happy Birthday Gray! Did you see the flash cake my hubby made my son last year?

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  10. Awe, sounds like a lovely "weekend" to me (and I know the feeling -- they don't really exist! Esp. when people still have to work and things still need to be done... Sat/Sun... just two more days, but it's no biggie.)

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  11. Happy Birthday to Gray! This looks like a fun party that he will carry the memory of. And this morning's popcorn balls in bed....sounds divine.

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  12. mmmm...popcorn balls...

    We had a pinata at K's party last weekend. It was fun and the kids loved it! They are WAY cool!

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  13. I think my favorite part would have been the 4.30am with all the kids in the bed. I actually can't wait until Olivia is old enough to come hang out with me in bed.

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  14. That sounds fantastic! Way to go, Mom!
    I recently went to a bday party where they had a non-violent pinata. (each kid got to pull a ribbon out until it fell apart). Not quite as fun!

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  15. Great job on what seemed to be a fun and well-executed birthday party!

    P.S.--And, no, I don't think "weekends" exist for mothers. I've learned that in just 7 months of being a mom. :)

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  16. Happy Birthday to Gray! I hope he thoroughly enjoyed his party.
    I hope mama takes SOME part of this weekend to put her feet up.

    Yes, par-tay weekends or no weekend at all for the mama, if any weekend is to be had for the mama. I can remember Maggie's 3rd birthday landed of the weekend of Easter one year. (we always hold major holiday at our house because it is a) centrally located for the local peeps, b) has a large dinning room table and c) a play room for the kids so there are snip-its of converation to be had at times. I had a hairbrain idea that I would go ahead and have Mag's party on her b-day on Sat and since the house would be clean (hardy-har-har) for the party just go ahead and host the 10-15 people for Easter Sunday plus easter egg hunt the next day. Literally... almost had a nervous break down. Between hosting the party, which ended up being Mag's preschool friends and all the neighbors (hey sure, why not, the more the merrier), the MESS after that, cleaning for the next day... the cooking for the next day, waiting for the easter bunny to arrive, the easter bunny arriving, the outside hunt at our house the next day for the kids+cousins... then the meal.

    Um... and people wonder why I started catering in the main portion of the holiday meals and just making the special stuff. Huh, wonder why?

    I hope you all enjoyed your popcorn balls, in bed at that ;)

    Michelle

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  17. I love that you don't use paper cups or plates. I try not too either....but I don't know if I would still do it without a dishwasher! I admire you!

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  18. Once we made a pinata when we lived in Florida and I have to tell you that it took 3 grown men with hammers to get the pinata opened. I was banned from making them, but then we moved to Ohio and the girls have winter birthdays so we have only had one since when Ariel's birthday was unseasonably warm. They loved it!

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  19. I'm totally distracted by the 4:30am thing. That's eeeaaarrrllllyyyy...

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  20. Seriously we are heart neighbors aren't we? We and our birthday boys.

    I've been away awhile, and I welled up all missing you.

    I'm glad you got a Monday in the middle of the night for a weekend. Take em where you can get em.

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  21. very impressed w/your no disposables. i managed to pull that off at my daughter's 1st, but this year was paper plates and disposable napkins and cups. your glasses are very cute.

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  22. Is 4:30am a typical wake-up time in your house? Or was just that a spontaneous post-birthday celebration? ;)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  23. Okay. My comment totally didn't make sense. My words are all jumbled.

    (I am tired).

    (I know you understand).

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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