Somehow it is has happened that I have not blogged about any of our kids’ birthdays since we moved. The reason for that “somehow” is, of course, that I have not been blogging at all like I used to… So tonight, as Olivia’s 6th birthday comes to a close, and as she lays here next to me in the bed, almost snoring, and holding onto her new “Bolt” plush toy (her favourite gift of the day)… let me take you back through our “banner year” here in Alberta.
Madeline’s birthday is December 15th. I’d ran into my old French teacher when I was pregnant with Madeline and, when I told her that I was due December 6th, she blurted out, “Well, that’s a dumb time to have a baby!” Really, it took until this year — her 10th birthday — for us to actually be unable to have her birthday party close to the actual day. Pretty good, I’d say! Take that French teacher!
To celebrate on Madeline’s actual birthday, which was a Saturday, we went into the city. Madeline brought along her best friend and we did West Edmonton Mall — we’d given her money to buy a dragon. (If you know me, you’ll know that going to West Ed on the Saturday 10 days before Christmas was actually the biggest gift I gave her. Crowds! Busyness! Keep me away!) Then we went to the Science Centre, went to her friend’s basketball game and then out with her family for supper and dragon cake.
Madeline’s actual party was about a month later in January and it was lots of fun. I made a dragon egg scavenger hunt through the Land of Vander (our yard), and there was, of course, another dragon cake.
And, just like that, we had a 10 year old!
Then on March 11th, Luke turned 8. It was an Angry Birds/Space party. My favourite thing about Luke’s party was the brain-wave I had the morning of the party — life-sized angry birds with the boxes left over from moving! Brilliant. Between my basic idea and Marc’s ingenuity with grabbing some boards and using all of our helmets for the “pigs”, we came up with something pretty great. I think it was as fun for the kids to set it up as knock it down. (Definitely recommend this as an easy/fun party game.)
Which brings us to today: Olivia’s 6th birthday. Pinkalicious was the theme and it was great. My mom made pink tutus for the girls and they decorated visors and we had a pink bubblegum blowing contest and a dance party –with Marc (!!)– and a long time of jumping on the trampoline. The party was great.
And my baby is 6 years old. And I am just exhausted enough tonight that I am more than happy that there aren’t any birthdays in our household for eight whole months.
So that was our year. A “banner year” because I made banners for each of the kids — something I’ve never done before. I really liked it. And, Olivia didn’t even notice that her banner didn’t say “Happy Birthday, Fartface” as I’d promised… (I also told her I was going to make it “Olivia loves Meryl Streep.”)
Nope. I liked the banners. And will possibly keep doing them — a cheap and easy way to make their parties unique. As unique as they are.
I love those kiddos.