Clearly, Erik and I weren’t thinking very clearly(except for the all-consuming desire “Let’s get married-NOW!”) when we planned our wedding just days before both our birthdays. But in our defense we simply couldn’t have anticipated that four of our children would also decide to make their earthly debut in mid-winter. Which now gives us 6 birthdays and our anniversary between Jan 15th and Feb 14th. Stefan’s day comes along a whole 26 days later on March 12 and Hans, of course, has his own season in November.
January/February birthdays are hard. You’ve just received the credit card bills from Christmas and most people are just partied out. Everyone else is working on their diet and we’re making a birthday cake every 3 days.
But I went to a party just days before Christmas that renewed my birthday spirit. Holiday birthdays are the most neglected of all and yet Kit and Kevin took the time to create a wondrous, magical party for Ryn. The little girls were absolutely entranced and it reminded me of the value of putting a little extra effort into our celebrations.
So now I am in full throttle planning a Jedi Training party for Gabriel on Friday and a Pinkalicious party for Miss Mary the very next day. Kids only want these cute theme parties for a few years and then it’s bowling and swimming and then simply hanging out in the basement(there is of course, the infamous year when I planned a swimming party for Gabriel– took one look at his 4 year old friends and retreated to the bowling alley).
Now, Ryn’s party pictures below are meant to inspire and enthrall you– no guilt or comparing allowed. Rumor has it this party entailed 5 adults staying up until 4 in the morning to put it together. I didn’t explain it earlier, but Kit and Kevin are back in Utah because the basketball team he played for in France went under. He’s now decided to leave the glamorous life of “playing” for a living(though France never did pay like the NBA) and joining the 9-5ers. What do you think? Maybe a future in party planning?
baby fairy snuck away during castle decorating
don’t forget to take a balloon home with you!