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Saturday, March 23, 2013

How to plan an (easy) Kid Birthday Party in the Park

Our oldest son is turning eight tomorrow. He wanted to celebrate with his entire class. I don't know about you, but birthday parties can get really expensive. And, with at least four parties a year for our children's birthdays (one each!) that can get pricey really fast. Birthdays are important. My family always made our birthdays special growing up and my husband and I both feel it's really important for our children to have this special day each year. Does it have to break the bank? No.

Let's look at options. 

  • We have tons of kid friendly birthday themed places to choose from in our city- Houston. But, again, price is an issue. Most places charge per child and inviting an entire class full of kids is a lot. We also like to include siblings, mainly because our kids have so many siblings and it's always nice (but not necessary) when they are included too.
  • How about a party at home? They are fun and the kids always really have a great time. I opted "no" on this option this time, because it is a lot of work for me personally and I kind of have a lot already on my plate at the moment. 
  • So, we thought about the park down the street from our house and our son's school. We could have a party right after school on a Friday afternoon. We went for this option. 

Here are the details:
Invite all of the class via evite.com or other web service
Our class list is posted for our class only on our own website run by our classroom mom
I just retrieved the emails from there and pasted them into the evite
Party time: immediately after school on a Friday for 1.5 hours
Serve Pizza (kid choices and parent options) - I ordered locally and asked that it be delivered to the park 15 minutes after the party start time
Pick up cupcakes (we purchased ours from Sam's Club 30 total -15 vanilla and 15 chocolate)

What to bring:

  1. paper towels (in case it is windy, napkins will fly)
  2. one cooler filled with ice, water bottles & juice bags/boxes
  3. lighter
  4. birthday candle
  5. pizza cutter to make the pieces smaller if necessary
  6. wipes
  7. sanitizer
  8. trash bags (I had these, but they weren't necessary)
FUN! This was a really fun party for the kids and it was super simple for the parents. 

Happy birthday to our very great eight year old boy! We love you!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Waiting for a Diagnosis

Written March 20, 2013 Don't you find that waiting can be one of the most difficult times? It is so hard to wait. We are used to instant answers. When people ask me questions, I sometimes find myself thinking "did you google that?" Hello, Rebekah. Sometimes people want to just converse and ask questions. Google doesn't have the emotional connection of a real life person. :-) Right. So, I'm waiting with very little patience. And, I would love to ask for your prayers. This week, I discovered a lump in my right breast. I assumed it was nothing, but called my OB/GYN office to check. They saw me for an early appointment yesterday morning. There is definitely a lump. It's not my imagination. It's real and it's probably nothing. A cyst, perhaps? But, either way, I will have a mammogram (first one of those for me) and ultrasound on Friday to diagnose. I know that the likelihood is that it is nothing. But, it's still causing me a lot of anxiety. "For I know the plans I have for you" says the Lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. And, you will find me when you seek me with all of your heart." Jeremiah 29:11 These words keep playing in my head. I drive and say them over and over again. Except, I pray to God and tell him "You know the plans You have for me. Plans to prosper and not to harm me, plans to give me a hope and a future. I call on you and pray to You and You listen to me. Thank You for listening. I find You. I seek You. I love You." I may get great news on Friday or not so great news. Either way, God's plan is not to harm me. And, whether it's great or not so great, he's going to be right there with me and I will be seeking Him with all of my heart. Update March 22, 2013: I received the happy results this morning. It is "a cyst." No cause for alarm. Bless you. -Rebekah