Birthdays have always been weird for me. I can probably count on one hand the actual “happy” birthdays I’ve had. Seriously, when I compare the current birthday to my 10th, all I can say usually is well, at least no one tried to kill me this time. I’m always hopeful that it will be wonderful, but since I’m the party planner, cook, baker, and shopper in the family I’m usually the one doing all of it for myself, which is weird as well. Who plans their own birthday? I don’t, ha. I did make dinner, which was delicious, and I made a cheesecake. This was also delicious.
However, I can be a bit superstitious about things. For example:
My daughter’s first birthday (with me) she turned three. It was pretty good. We had a Littlest Pet Shop birthday theme. We made sandwiches, my mother-in-law and I baked a cake and decorated it with handmade fondant littlest pet shop critters, and we had tons of fun. Her 4th birthday only two of her friends came (they were sisters), and I had just squeezed every penny out of my account to make sure she had a good birthday. I had just started working at an Amazon fulfillment center, which was our only income at the time. And no one told us they weren’t coming until thirty minutes before her party started, which was also the time I got off work. Who were the guests? My in-laws. Out of 4 kids and 5 adults not a single one came. She had a good time regardless which was nice. The worst was her fifth birthday, which if you’ve followed my blog since it started almost a year ago, you would know was about the time my husband and I initially separated. The party I had planned for her had to be cancelled and I never even got to see her.
As for my son he’s had pretty good birthdays so far.
Well my daughter’s birthday is coming up and I ( and the hubby) honestly have no idea what to do. I have the worst luck with birthdays. I want to throw a party and invite her friends, but I don’t want to rent a little party spot just to have no one show, but I don’t want to not throw her a party and her wonder why she didn’t get a party. All her friends live in the next town over, so until we can find a home closer to where we want to be it’s difficult for people to drive the 40 minutes to our house. Especially with summer plans and vacations and all that.
And what do I get her??? She asks for the most random things that are just not going to happen. Mainly those cheap toy infomercials for weird stuffed animals that connect to smart phones, or the unpopable bubble that you have to wear a special glove for, and all of them are As Seen on TV, or whatever. Ugh.
I do know she’s been asking for some jewelry, so I will probably buy her a couple necklaces. The only problem with that is she is so rough with them. Almost all of them are broken. Another reason I don’t like to get toys is because they grow out of them so quickly. And then I just have totes and totes of toys.
Parenting is so difficult sometimes. Tell me about some of your birthday experiences! (AKA: Share some ideas!)