Pre-Gaming for Princesses

Gracie’s birthday is coming up. Oh, you didn’t know? Then you must not have heard her the first 3,623 times she has reminded the entire world that her birthday is coming soon.  She is beyond excited.  I finally had to make a paper chain for her to count down the days until the Big Day so that she would quit asking me every single morning when she wakes up and then every single night when she goes to bed. Last year, we had a big party for Gracie.  It was…

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Celebrating a Five Year Old in Style!

Michael turned FIVE last SUNDAY, people. FIVE YEARS OLD! How did this HAPPEN!?!? My womb is saddened by this news.  She feels old and useless.  And old.  And empty.  But mostly old. We had a hard time figuring out what to get him for his birthday this year.  We thought about a scooter, like Gracie got for her birthday, but he didn’t really want one of those.  We asked if he wanted a new bike since he is getting so tall for his, but he wasn’t too excited about that…

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The Festival of Gracie

The term “birthday” is so misleading. “Birthday” (singluar) would seem to imply that the celebration lasts a single day. Our family is either doing them so right or totally wrong because birthday celebrations around here last about a week. And – whew! – are they some kind of exhausting excitement! On Tuesday, sweet Gracie Girl turned three-years old. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Her birthday celebrations began last Sunday when we had her official birthday party. This was the first one that we’ve had for Gracie that was for her…

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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

Our goal for this weekend was to not be sad. I think we pretty much nailed it. My sister, John Michael, and Baby Tut Tut came down for the weekend to celebrate Tut Tut’s first birthday with family (his actual birthday is next weekend, but since we can’t be there with him, we celebrated here this weekend) and to honor my Dad’s memory by just being together. We spent Saturday at our house and had a little pre-birthday party party for Tut Tut. We spent the day soaking up the…

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A Rip-ROAR-ing Good Time

When I was asked to review the new VTech Switch & Go Dinos, I thought it would be a breeze. Send me some dinosaur transformers for Bean to play with? Are you kidding me? SIGN ME UP! The dinosaurs are actually transformers that morph into cars. Two of Bean’s favorite things in one toy. This was going to be a breeze. He loved them, and they are virtually indestructible (believe me, Bean’s tried…). Bean likes that the faces of the dinosaurs (or the windshields of the cars, depending on what…

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Mother of the Year

Because we were traveling on Bean’s birthday, we scheduled his party for the following weekend. Which would be this weekend. Aw, crap. Let me tell you about this birthday party. It has not been my finest parenting adventure. And let me share a few reasons why: A) A few weeks ago, I found these birthday invitations on sale on Vista Print. I had a great coupon on top of that, so I got them for super cheap. I think I paid 20 or 25 cents an invitation. The downside? The…

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Birthday Plans (ALREADY?!?!)

Oh, my Gracie Girl. How I love that child. I simply cannot believe that she is turning one at the end of March. I keep redoing the math and checking my calendar just to be sure that it really is here. Gracie, on the other hand, has been counting down the days. I think she thinks she gets a drivers license on her first birthday. I haven’t had the heart to tell her that the only car she’s getting will be made by Fisher Price. And have pedals. I really…

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