Just to clarify, I mean my kid’s birthdays. And more specifically, her birthday PARTIES and the planning thereof.
If you know anything about me, you probably know that this borders on obsessive behavior.
Border-shmorder. I’m knee-deep in OBSESSED with birthday party planning. It’s no small coincidence that when Olivia turned TWO it rhymed with ZOO and when she turned THREE it rhymed with Under the SEA and FOUR? DINOSAUR, naturally.
And I of course planned accordingly.
What happened with FIVE, you ask? Well, in an effort to not become (more of) “that mom” I decided to let her have her very own opinion on the matter. It may surprise you to learn that she did NOT go with my brilliant idea of FIVE and BEE HIVE.
Nope. She chose COWGIRL.
Have no fear! I always love a good challenge. Oh, I sure did work in “Sakes Alive, she’s turnin’ FIVE” into the theme. Boy howdy.
So when I saw that this week’s Monday Listicles was a BIRTHDAY theme? Hello, no need to ask me twice.
Let’s do this:
B is for BEING BORN but that’s kind of a given. Sort of hard to have a birthday without this little detail.
I is for ICE CREAM? Too expected. I is for IRRATIONAL which describes the amount of time I spend on party planning. Why do you think we only have one kid? I’d have to quit my day job to plan parties for multiples.
R is for the REAL REASON we celebrate such a joyous occasion. And by “real reason”, obviously I mean the cake.
T is for the TANTRUMS that inevitably ensue at our child’s birthday parties. But I’m usually able to make it to the bathroom and lock myself in before anyone sees me, not to worry.
H is for HAPPY, wouldn’t you think? Well, it sure is! But 5 minutes before guests start to arrive it’s also for “what the HELL was I thinking?”
D is for DADDY because without that guy? None of it would be possible. He’s my Party Planning Partner in Crime and has the patience of a saint.
A is for APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE for sending your kid home thinking that every party they go to will include a 26-page customized coloring book with their photo and name. I’m sorry, if you let your kid play with the kid who has the neurotic mother, you’ll have to deal with the consequences. It’s the collateral damage of play dates.
Y is for YES! We survived another YEAR! YAY! (see all the Y’s there?)
S is for SLEEP but ha ha ha, nice try sucka! S is for SUGAR. That’s what S is for.
! is for the excitement!!!! of planning the next one. Better get started, it’s only six short months away!
How do you feel about birthday parties? I’d love to hear from you!