My month of May felt completely crazy. I wrapped things up at the church for the summer, helped Hubs put the backyard in at the new house, tried to keep up with all the end of the year school activities at Emma’s school, and somewhere in the middle of that, have a birthday party for Kennedy who turned two towards the end of the month.
In my mind, I took myself out of the race on this one. I’m not even going to try to compete in the “do it all, do it well, over the top, homemade everything birthday party” race. Many times in the month of May, and in reference to KJ’s party, I put my hands up in the air and just told Eric “I’m out, I’m not even running the race.”
So, I didnt:
- make homemade invitations, or even send out store-bought ones
- make a huge spread for dinner for everyone
- decorate the whole house
- make an extravagant cake
Here is what I did:
- sent out a text 9 days in advance letting people know when the party was
- ordered chicken from Albertsons for dinner for everyone, and let my MIL bring a couple salads
- picked out a cake from Roseaurs…did you know for a 2 tiered cake with filling it is only $13.95? This was my first time ever buying a cake…ummm why have I not done this before??
- Bought balloons at Zurchers
- Covered tables with butcher paper and let the kids go to town with crayons all over them.
- Party favors?? The kids each got to paint a wooden letter and take it home with them.
Here’s the thing. Eric and I sat down, once everyone was gone, and we both said…”that is the best birthday party we have ever thrown.” No joke. The kids loved it. Kennedy loved it. She never complained that I didn’t make homemade invitations or that her cake didn’t take me hours that morning.
Sometimes easier is better. Sometimes I need to choose time with my kids over making everything look perfect. Sometimes I need to let go of my expectations and realize its not actually about me.
So, Kennedy Jane, Happy Birthday!! We LOVE you so very much.