Life is sooooooooooooo busy as a working momma of THREE kids... but, life is also full of so many "little" things...you know, those simple pleasures that really bring so much joy... I'm mostly thinking of the dopey things that my kids say and do that make me laugh... but also the little adventures we have or the day trips that we do... you think you will remember them all, but those memories really do fade over time. I am hoping to sit down once a month (ideally, once a week, but being that I hardly manage one decent shower a week, we'll aim for once a month for now! LOL) to detail those quotable quotes or beautiful little actions (or those not so much) as well as our family activities. I hope you enjoy!! :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Birthday Party - Angry Birds Style, Part II (A Dozen Boys and a Little Rose))

The big day had FINALLY arrived!  I couldn't wait to get the kids off to school to officially begin the big setup which started with cleaning our house.  Once we set the kids off to school, John and I set to work!  Low and behold, we had JUST finished, Katy was down for a nap, and we were foolishly dreaming of  a quiet lunch for two and maybe a quick workout before the big party, when the phone rang.  Caller ID indicated it was my work/ Patrick's school... Which SURELY meant someone had a question for me, right?  Couldn't POSSIBLY mean a sick Patrick, right??! I mean, the kid hadn't missed a day of school since mid-Kindergarten, two YEARS ago, so, what are the odds?!?  Well, apparently, the odds are good! *sigh*. Seriously?  Ms. Pat was calling to let me know that Patrick's blue Go-gurt snack came back up on his way to lunch.  Poor young, sweet, Miss Jaffee,  scarred for life as she experienced her very first student throw-up... We really will live strong in her first year memories! ;). The great question was, was he sick?  Was it a bad yogurt?  Was the excitement of the day just too much?  Do we cancel the party?  I wondered all these things as I set off to pick him up... and I'm sure you're on the edge of your seat as you read this! ;)  He didn't have a fever.  He wasn't pale.  He even got annoyed with me when I told him a nap was in his future... all good signs, no? 

So, I put the feelers out to my SIL and his friends' moms that I know well to get the vibe.  It seemed unanimous: nobody seemed to care.  I would have been fine with it had the shoe been on the other foot, but I know that I am much more nonchalant about things than most parents, and I didn't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable (or for them to think I was NUTS... I mean, I'm perfectly comfortable knowing I am nuts, but would prefer to keep that a secret as long as possible)!  We decided, barring any disasters, a sudden fever spike, or another round of vomit, the show would go on!  And, just sos you know, I did contact all the parents so people could make the decision... all but one came.  The one who didn't wasn't feeling well himself.
Is there something on my nose?!?
"I sitting with the big boys!"

Aidan has a captive audience
Oh, BOY!  Not sure if pure chaos is the way to describe what ensued.  Actually, PURE chaos probably isn't quite right.  It sure SOUNDED like pure chaos, but every time I made the rounds with my camera, it seemed more like ORGANIZED chaos.  The kids were playing, like one big play date.  I was actually kind of surprised.  I almost didn't want to stop them for the pizza since they seemed to be having a great time--mostly familiar faces coming together in a non-structured environment, rather than the confines of school.  But, we did do pizza... playful, boy-eating, pizza... well, with a little Rose mixed in.  Funny, my almost 5 year old nephew, Liam, was nervous about sitting at the big boy table since they were just a bit LOUD, so we gave him Katy's spot at the "kids'" table and promoted Katy to the big boy table.  She sat right down, without even flinching, and was SUPER excited to be one of the boys!! LOL

 The kids settled into the movie, Wreck It, Ralph! (surprisingly, only one had seen it!)  And totally enjoyed their TNT popcorn, bird feed, and pig juice!!  I did have to ban John from going in to check on them after awhile as there really was more food on the floor than in their bellies and he would have been twitching!  I would say they lasted about 45 to an hour watching and then they started leaving the room, a couple at a time, to go off and play.  Next thing you know, there was a movie playing to an empty family room!  It seemed that they'd rather be up and playing than relaxing and enjoying a movie (must be their youth... I know after a LOOOOOOOONG week, a quiet movie at home sounds PERFECT).  Oh, well.  They had a great time.  And, the air hockey table in the basement was put to good use!!

YUM!  Bird Feed!! :)
Let them eat cake!
The only thing that was going to bring the boys up from the basement was the enticement of CAKE!  They eagerly gathered, debating which piece of the cake each would get, and did a great job singing happy birthday to our birthday boy, who was glowing! :) They were quite the captive audience while Patrick opened presents... I could barely get any pictures as it was nearly a mob scene.  After the presents were opened, they just hung out, opening some of the group-games, and playing as parents arrived to pick up their gems.  All-in-all, it was a fun night.  I think the boys had a blast and, what's more, our house wasn't that worse for wear afterwards.  Surprisingly.  I think we would actually do it again! :)  Maybe next time, Rovio will have gotten around to making an Angry Birds blockbuster hit.  It's the least they can do!!
Maddox channels his
inner child! ;)


What's the password?

Owen and Joshua

Team Gamble is all biz!
What is it? What IS it?!
Let me help you, P!
At the end of the day, daddy is still
her favorite guy!

Until next time!
<3 Kimberly, John, Two Boys (a "big" boy and, as Ryan refers to himself, a "medium" boy), and a Little Rose

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