Tuesday, Feb 14
Well hello! I cannot believe I haven’t blogged in two months. Sadly, I miscarried our littlest one in January. After this miscarriage, I came to the realization that instead of mourning the loss of our baby, I should instead turn to the ones here on earth and do my best to love them and care for them with everything I have. It’s almost been an opportunity, really, to start this journey of parenthood anew. In the end I am grateful for God’s Goodness in all things, even loss.
Once I started feeling better, I set my sights on a Valentine Birthday Party for our spunky little resident First Grader and her sweet classmates. There is nothing like a party to plan to lift my spirits. I know, I have issues. When I asked her what kind of party she wanted, she quickly responded, “A Valentine’s Day Party just like last year! Besides, my new friends weren’t at last year’s party, so they won’t mind!” Sweet girl.
Big sister Dimples was such a wonderful helper. From helping me plan the order of the day, to running up and down and all around to set things up, she was the perfect assistant. It was also a wonderful opportunity to help these two quarreling sisters to re-discover their love and devotion for each other. Melt. my. heart.
It really was an easy party to execute, simply because we’d done it before. We even served the same snacks and drinks! I did add some new decorations since we’re in a new house, but other than that, it was a breeze.
I found these little muslin pouches in the dollar spot at Target. Each girl made a bracelet at the beginning of the party while we waited for all of our guests to arrive. They kept their bracelet and extra beads in the pouch at the dining room table.
Then we enjoyed a snack and some raspberry lemonade. The snack was popcorn, animal crackers, teddy grahams, pretzels, and Valentine M&M’s all mixed together in a big bucket. We just scooped the snack into big plastic cups and the girls carried their snack around with them.
Then it was down to the basement for our photo booth session. The girls were absolutely precious. They wanted a picture with each and every girl, a group shot, and on and on. I used my Instax mini and I must say, I loved watching the girls “Oooooh!” and “Ahhhh!” as they watched the photos develop before their very eyes. What was really hysterical, though, was when they each wanted a copy of the group shot. They had to keep their pose as I snapped eight photos of them. Kids these days with their digital cameras.
After pictures we played “Musical Hearts” instead of the usual chairs. I just threw a bunch of large paper heart cut outs in a circle on the floor and they had to sit down on a heart to stay in the game. They had a blast!
We headed back upstairs for cake in the dining room. The girls put all of their polaroids in their little pouches with their bracelets.
Social Butterfly really wanted to open her gifts in front of her friends, and the girls were so excited to watch her read their cards and open the gifts they chose. It was pretty darn precious. They were all so proud.
They all ran around in the basement a little more, we took a group shot, and they were off! We gave each girl two cookies, made with love by a local gal, Mama’s Cookies. Seriously? Best darn frosted cookies I’ve ever tasted. It was an absolutely beautiful day, so everyone was out in the front yard, waiting for their moms to pick them up and waving good-bye.
As always, I enjoyed watching my daughter interact with her friends outside of the classroom and school environment. Each one of them is so very different, and they are all sweet little gifts from God. I felt so blessed to have them here in our home for our first girl birthday party in Indiana.
Happy Valentine’s Day, all! I’m happy to be back to the blog. I truly have missed it. See you back here in a week!