Well, actually it will be my daughters' party. It's tomorrow from 4-6pm, and it's for my two daughters whose birthdays fall five days apart. The oldest, Autumn, will be 7 on Oct. 2, and Angelina will be 2 on Sep. 27. Since most of our family live out of town, we throw the girls one big party, to save everyone on gasoline (and us on pizza & hot dogs!).
This isn't your typical "us"-type of party. Usually, we do a theme, but this time, since there has been so much drama over the summer, we're keeping it simple. Paper plates, cups, and napkins from the Dollar Tree with balloons on them. Pizza from Little Caesars (8 Large pizzas. Yeah, that sounds simple, right? Lol.). Tinkerbell-themed cupcakes from Walmart bakery. Beats the heck out of me slaving over a kitchen counter all afternoon, piping out icing flowers, only to have them snatched away by five sets of small hands, and occasionally one set of Daddy-sized hands, from behind my back. Now I'm no Duff from Ace of Cakes, but I'm pretty darn good at cakes. I come from a long line of decorative bakers. I would be cut off from the will if I didn't know how to bake or sew.
Over the past 7 years, we have done princesses, pirates, cowboys, luau, fiesta, zoo animals (mostly from the Madagascar movie), Barbie...jeeze, I don't know if there's anything we haven't tried! But this summer, my husband lost his job at the beginning of July. The company he worked for manufactured windows for RVs and boats. Since gas prices have been so high, they had to lay off a lot of people at the RV plant...and so forth, on down the line until they got to the glass plant. Ah, well, them's the times, as my grandma would (and does frequently) say. So we were really short on money, with 5 small children and no income other than unemployment compensation. We did not even see any child support this summer from my ex, as he has been out of a job as well.
Long story short, (too late!) I did not get to do my semi-annual huddle with my mom and mom-in-law over our collection of Oriental Trading Company catalogs. So no themed party this year. Unless you count the theme as "Family Appreciation", but I doubt any of the children invited would be able to grasp that. :\
With grown-ups and children, if everyone I invited shows up, we should have 47 people in my house tomorrow afternoon. Now is the time to thank my Lord and Saviour above that the house was built in 1935, and has 10-foot ceilings and a HUGE foyer area. (I wish I hadn't put that piano right inside the front door now...but it seemed like the perfect place for it at the time!) It's perfect because I ordered exactly 48 cupcakes from Walmart. No more, no less, to quote the penguin from Oswald.
Hopefully, my parents will take my advice, and not buy the girls the most expensive toys on the market, and make the rest of us po' folks look bad! My mom and stepdad are LOADED. And they don't like to travel, and they don't want a bunch of cars, or a boat. (Or an RV. Darn, says my husband.) So what are they going to do with all that cash? Pack it away in a savings account and build my brother and I a nifty inheritance? Nope, of course not! They're going to spend it on their five precious grandkids! (I don't think, for the record, that my brother will EVER have kids. I think I've scared him away from it!) My kids have toys on top of their toys. And they break them, which puts my husband and I in a predicament: We want to teach our kids to play carefully and to take care of their toys, but the ones my parents get them are probably the most brittle, carry the tiniest pieces, and make the most messes. Where do you begin on something like that? :P
So, maybe tomorrow will go smoothly, no one will mind the lack of a party theme, and the kids will get something nice...but not TOO nice. ;)
- Current Location:Sheffield, AL
- Current Mood: anxious
- Current Music:Dashboard Confessional, "Vindicated"