Oh my, what a party!
If this is any indication of what our lives are going to be like for the next few years, I need a better job!
Let me give you a run down of what was consumed by the 7 girls from 8pm Friday until 11am Saturday.
- 6 bags of microwave popcorn
- 12 juice boxes
- multiple glasses of water
- 1/2 gallon of Gatorade (fruit punch flavored)
- 2 lbs of bacon
- 2 packages of sausage links
- 1/2 bottle of syrup
- 2 batches of pancakes
- 3/4 gallon of OJ
- 3/4 gallon of milk
- 7 cupcakes (and all the toppings they could keep on them including pink sugar, chocolate chips, flower sprinkles, star sprinkles, bugle sprinkles)
The craft was a massive hit! I got the idea from this video:
We used ribbons to tie the journals together instead of wrapping it around the notebook, as in the video. They decorated the journals with jewels that we glued on, and some stick-on foam letters. They were adorable! A couple of the parents have said that their girls have written pages in their journals. I know my girls have!
I will say that the energy expended by the girls could have powered a small city. The screeching, well, that was ear-piercing! All the work was worth it when I got a giant hug from my little girl saying that this was the best birthday ever. The youngest one, though, has been telling me that she needs at least 1 more of everything that her older sister got, because, you know, she must one-up her older sister!
Now for the Pump-Up part!
While I did not get everything done that I “wanted” to get done…
I had set 6 areas to declutter as my goal before the party. I got 3 of them done. Those 3 areas are still clutter free today!
During the frazzled moments before the guests started arriving I was trying to get the all the dishes washed and put away. About that time, my youngest looked up at me and asked if she could wash the dishes and I dry.
The first thought was “NO – I have too much to do and I don’t have time to make sure the dishes are washed correctly and get them all put away and get the million other things done!”
Then I looked down into her big brown eyes and realized that the time is quickly coming when she will not want to do any work with me.
I took a deep breath, looked around and realized, really realized, that the house cleaning was not important (did I really think that this little girls were going to care how neat my house was?), nor were the million other things that I had been stressing over.
“Go get the stoodle.” I said. Happily she ran to the pantry, got the stool, climbed up on it and started washing dishes. She chattered on and on about all the little things that had happened at school that day.
So my pump-up excitement?
- I have maintained some clutter free areas.
- I let go of the unimportant things without any guilt.
- But the best one – I looked down and recognized the Gift of the Moment – the desire of my little girl to spend time with her Mama. No other gift in the world could be more valuable!