I'm reading a book at the moment that is REALLY good but I didn't think it would be. When I get back from the library, I arrange my books in the order I'm likely to enjoy them. I put this particular one right at the back BUT the other morning I thought I'd quickly start reading it while I had a cup of coffee.
An hour later, I tore myself away and yes, I was late for work. But it was worth it!
The point of all that preamble was that in the book, amongst other parenting issues (in a non-parenting book!), they discussed children's parties and said we do these "events" to make us feel better when really, to other people and to the child, whether you get a cake or a party that rivals a wedding, it's all the same.
And I got it!
It's about celebrating, not about how you do the celebration or what it looks like.
So next year I'm going to do things a little differently - I'm still thinking about what feels right for us.
Anyway, onto the last set of pics.
Opening our presents
as you can see, we're well on our way to a simpler life
Kendra looking at my friend, C, with her gorgeous girls
Connor looking guilty after pulling off my tablecloth weights
D with the kids
Our friends, B & M, with their girls
Our friend, Carmen and Erin, who said I was "creative and organized" and is therefore my BFF :)
BIL and D's sister
D's mom with daughter and SIL
D bringing C's cake
I'm holding down K's hands so she can't reach for the candle
Connor attacking the cake
Nanny V with Connor and Ethan
P.S. I keep forgetting to write about it here but Mandy P threw me a party for my birthday. Imagine that? All the way from Oregon! It was SO special and absolutely tickled me pink :)