(In honor of Laura's birthday, today's post begins with song lyrics.)
What is today? January 23rd, you say? Well despite the fact that May 15th is still many months away, my girl is already wishing and hoping and thinking and planning - her birthday party.
Friday, the Oriental Trading catalog came, complete with birthday party packages. She has been scouring the pages ever since. At the breakfast table, in the car, in bed at night. (Yes, I feed my children pop tarts. Go ahead, lower your opinion of me. I'm a bad mommy.)
We had talked about having a princess party in passing, after I saw this post which led to this free pattern and thought the mice would be fun party favors for Cinderella. Well now the girl has princess party on the brain. I mean, look at the loot they've got for sale! But she wants to be dressed as Ariel at her party, because she has the costume (from Halloween when she was 2!) and Ariel is her favorite. Or maybe Belle, because she's got brown hair and that way Aidin won't have to wear a wig. She's already made and amended the guest list six times, too. Because I will only let her have six guests. The agony!
Last year's birthday party will be hard to top. We had a Spy Kids party. Aidin has watched all three spy kids movies over and over and over, but I don't think her friends really had. They really didn't have a clue. Oh, well.
We made CD invitations (Tim had a co-worker record the text and then sped the voice up and down to disguise it.) that would "pretend self-destruct in 5..4..3..2..1 ka-plow"! The rest of the CD was filled with a mixture of spy tunes and Aidin's favorite music.
We set up a spy training academy in a local park and made name badges with their finger prints, gave them a dossier (goodie bag) with all their supplies - binoculars, compass, sunglasses, magnifying glass, etc. and then played "spy games" - races to get into "disguise" (our old clothes/costumes), target practice with water guns (erase the chalk "target" on the sidewalk) and a clothes pin drop, and of course an obstacle course on the playground equipment. She loved it. We loved it. The other kids loved it. And it impressed the pants off the other parents, which was, of course, NOT the reason to have a kick-ass kids party, but a fine fringe benefit.
So now it is on to princesses. Only another 114 days to go! Wish us luck.
Hope you're having your own kick-ass birthday, Laura.
And Happy Birthday to Kirstin's mom as well!
Okay, and has anyone else had Led Zeppelin on the brain all day after waking up to this? There are worse things......