So today is my 4th kiddos birthday. The big number 5! All my girls were born in the fall....so it seems that from October til December, I have a decorative mixture of birthday banners and fall leaves and pumpkins. And if I'm being honest, I wish Nate and I would have "planned" things a little more conveniently (like that's possible). Summer birthdays are much more fun and chill..plus I don't have a billion other Holidays to juggle and compete with.
Anywho..along with birthdays..comes planning and parties. And if you are like me with a whole herd of kids and a to do list a mile long..weeeellll...these birthdays tend to sneak up on me. I have the best intentions of putting on the most incredible party. You know..one of those Pinterest parties..complete with homemade invitations, matching hats and plates with the striped chevron straws; fancy cupcakes set on a white cake stand along with matching jars of coordinating candy..tied perfectly with polka dot ribbon...you know..those ones ;)
Yaaaa...so then I snapped out of my pinning coma, realized I had two days til the big sha-bang and put my big-girl, realistic, mommy pants on. And you know what? A momma who loves her wide-eyed little ball of fire can really pull out some magic when it comes down to it. You know those fab times when, under pressure, you can really nail it?
So yes...I'm patting myself on the back cuz guys..today I'm having 8 five year old over for a party and we are..wait for it..having a PAINTING party. I know..you think I've lost my mind...but it's washable and guys..girls and painting are a winning combo...they love drawing pics and it takes up lots of time...therefore, I don't have to come up with any other activities or pin the tail on anything games. Applause all around.
This was the pic that started it all
And in reality, we won't have canvas or easels or aprons for that matter..hello..cha-ching. But we will have tables and pieces of poster board and maybe some paper towels ;) And we'll have cupcakes and candy..and really, what more does a 5 year old little gal need? Ok..so maybe I did splurge (to the tune of $3.99 for four..thank you Hobby Lobby) on these bad boys..but can you blame me?
So in the grand scheme of life, I may not be a fancy-party, overachiever, match-matchy party mom. But I don't fall into the never-throw-a party, lazy bum of bum moms either. Nope...I've decided I'm a middle of the road, realistic, gotta party and do real life with a real budget kinda mom. And I'm down with that.