Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Last year to be a kid

My daughter is turning 12 next month.  I am not thrilled at all.  Every time I look at her.. I want to cry!  I can see her maturing.  It’s in her face, her expressions, her manners.  She is going through a huge growth spurt.  She is getting taller every time I turn around. 

Another birthday means another party.  Many of you know how big I am with parties.  We do a theme party every year.  Well, this year she wanted to invite all the girls in her jr. dance group.. umm.. that is like 11 girls and then we have the nieces and a few friends.  There is no way that many girls will fit into our home… never mind that she was also begging for a sleepover!  She’s crazy! 

So we went through a list of options..

  • Pool party at a hotel
  • Skating party
  • Bowling
  • Pottery
  • Jewelry
  • Mall treasure hunt

Pottery and Jewelry were ruled out pretty quickly due to the fact that the kids would not be able to expel energy.  I really loved the painting pottery idea but I think we will reserve it for a trip with the nieces instead.

Anna ruled out bowling rather quickly.  She doesn’t bowl very well, in her opinion, and therefore it isn’t fun.  This was a heart break for both Angel and I because we love bowling. 

Skating Party sounded great.  Teens love music.  However, Anna had never been to a skating rink. She has been ice skating with her friend Bri a few times.  For some reason, being on wheels freaked her out more than being on skates. 


We decided to take her and the nieces to the rink.  We wanted to see if she would like it.  Jade and Kate had a blast! Anna did not.  She attempted to go out on the floor with the girls holding hands.. but the tears started flowing.


So she hung around the bar section and just practiced going back and forth while holding on.  She insisted that she was not having a party here at all. 

The mall was one of my favorite options.  Jade thought it was a great idea also.  However, I don’t feel comfortable sending the girls out in groups, and I don’t know of any adults that would like to chaperone them.  This is one idea we will be saving for another year.

Another good option was the Pool Party at a hotel.  I thought it would be great to just let them swim and have some pizza delivered to the room.  Maybe some slumber party games and then a movie to calm everyone down. However, I was not sure I wanted to be responsible for that many girls! 

So here we are back at square one. 

I was talking to a friend about my dilemma.  She mentioned that her daughter loves Chuck E Cheese.  My first reaction is no way.. these kids are way too old for that.  Apparently they are not.  Her niece also loves Chuck E Cheese and wanted to go for her birthday.  So I started thinking on the idea.  I know my nieces also love Chuck E Cheese but they usually play with Ethan in the tunnels.  I came home and brought up the idea to Anna.  I texted Jade and they all think it is a great idea.  Anna wants the entire thing.. the dancing bears, inflatable crown, everything.  Another benefit is they have gluten free pizzas.  We have two dancers who are gluten free. 

So it looks like we are having a

“Last Chance to be a Kid, Chuck E Cheese Party!”

I am all for not having to my home before and after.  Smile

Do you have big parties for your kids? Or is it more geared to family?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Five Question Friday : Will winter ever end?

1. What is one thing you wish you did not have to teach your children?

Probably the one thing I wish I did not have to teach them is how to deal with hurt feelings.  Especially when it comes from friends and those that they trust.  I don’t think it ever gets easier. 

2. What are you going to use since Google Reader is going away?

I had no idea it was going away!  What are the options now?  Sadly I have not been keeping up with many blogs unless they come to my inbox. 

3. British comedy; Hilarious or strange?

We love British Comedy!  Catherine Tate is one of our favorites.

4. Do you prefer card games or board games?

I love board games but I will admit that I tend to keep cards around.  There are so many things you can play with just a deck of cards.

5. Will winter ever end?

I really hope so.  This is getting really depressing.  I need sunshine and warmth to survive!! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I am sick, and it’s all my fault.

  • I don’t feel like blogging
  • so a bullet blog will have to do
  • I am tired of living gluten and dairy free
  • tired of having to check the ingredients of every single thing
  • I mean, every single thing….
  • Tired of not being able to eat at others homes
  • tired of trying to come up with different things to take on the road
  • tired of having to analyze every single food on menus
  • so I messed up
  • I had pizza about two weeks ago..
  • no biggie
  • no reaction
  • all was good
  • then I had Ole English Fish and Chips
  • Oh it was soo good
  • It’s been years!!
  • Like 12 years since I had their fish.
  • It was awesome
  • no reaction
  • That was a week ago
  • So Sunday we go out for breakfast after picking up Anna from a friend’s home.
  • She had slept over night
  • We didn’t eat breakfast and neither did she
  • So we went to a restaurant
  • Not thinking.. I ordered an omelet with sausages
  • home fries, no toast. 
  • Should be fine
  • but I forgot that there is cheese in omelets
  • It’s been a year and a half since I had cheese omelets
  • so once it comes to me and I realize it.. what are my choices?
  • ask them to replace my eggs?
  • but that doesn’t seem fair.. it was my mistake..
  • Don’t eat it?
  • Well, that’s a waste and I am hungry
  • so I eat it
  • and stare longingly at Anna's toast
  • with butter.. sigh
  • I love toast
  • So almost instantly I reacted..
  • Sunday night sniffles
  • now a full blown sinus issue
  • and a headache
  • and it’s all my fault..
  • sigh….

Friday, March 1, 2013

Back to posting, starting with a Five Question Friday

I have been slacking on my blog for way too long.  I just keep getting caught up in life.  I really want to try to keep writing again.  When I look back at all the postings of Anna when she was little, it brings back so many memories.  I love showing the blog posts to her.  I love reliving those times when I read them over again.  That is my purpose for blogging.  Not to gain a huge audience and tons of comments.. but to jot down all those moments and thoughts that get put down here.  To look back at what may have been important in our lives or how we have changed and grown.  I really want to strive to keep it going. 

There is no better way than to start with a Five Question Friday. 


Questions for Friday, March 1st:

1. What was the most productive thing you have done this week?

Hmm.  Honestly, we slacked off a bunch this week.  Hubby took two days off work.  Tuesday we drove to RI and spent the day with my parents, which was really nice.  Now I am trying to be productive and clean up the house, but it is awful.  The nieces visited last week for their vacation and it shows. 

2. Enjoying the winter or ready for spring?

Totally ready for spring.  I am not a winter girl at all.  I actually can’t wait for summer!  Spring and Fall usually bring grief for me with allergies and rain but it’s so much better compared to winter. 

3. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Is your spouse the same as you?

I tried to look up the difference in the two.  In a group or an unfamiliar scene.. I am quiet.  You won’t hear much from me.  I just sit back and observe.  Being hard of hearing, I also tend to pray no one will talk to me at times.  Among friends and family, I can be the same depending.  I find if I can hear everyone, I am okay with maybe 2-3 people.  If we are in an area with background noise.. I get quiet.  One on one, you won’t get me to shut up at all.  I can be very vocal.. I love to talk and share my opinions on things.  However, put me with a bunch of kids and I love it. 

As for hubby, he appears to be about the same.  He can talk and even get loud among friends and family.  He tends to be quiet at other times. 

4. Would you rather go without music or television for 1 year?

Actual TV, I can go without.  If you mean including watching movies and shows on the internet.. nooo.. and I can’t go without music.  It lifts me up when I need it.  The actual television I can care less. 

5. Have you ever been truly scared of someone?

Yes,  I have.  I can not handle watching someone who is drunk.  It really freaks me out.  I feel like they are going to lose control and someone will get hurt.  It terrifies me.