Friday, February 27, 2015

Invitation Rumination

With Stinky Markinky's birthday party coming up, I've been thinking about who to invite. In preschool, with a manageable number of about 10 kids, parents invited the whole class. Now that Stinky is in first grade with 18 other kids, the decision is less obvious.


1. People in lower Alabama do not RSVP. It irritates me to no end. Especially if I'm paying per child and don't know how many kids to account for.

2. Foks 'round here pick and choose whose parties to attend even if the children in question are best school buds. As we are immigrant implants here, our parties (albeit tastefully done and fun-filled) do not rank among "the parties to attend." So of course when Jim Bob doesn't show up, Stinky is going to notice and ask why his buddy didn't make it.

3. Stinky's birthday falls right before Spring Break when families are itching to get out of town. Two families we planned to invite and knew would attend already told me they are going to be out of town because of family commitments.

Should I be the bigger person and invite the whole class knowing full well what I'm up against or pick and choose a small bunch and have a great time anyway? It's a harder decision than you think and obviously a problem only those in the first world would understand.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quotes of the Week

Listening to a morning devotional on his radio, Stinky Marinky surmises, "Mom, God wants us to be a blessing to other people, not just to him." That's right son, he does.

One afternoon in the car, Stinky Marinky asked one of his many sports questions that I have absolutely no idea about. Sharp as a tack Blinky McStinky fired back, "I'll just Google it when I get home." She's her Mama's daughter.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Who's President Now

The other day I overhead the following conversation between my five year old daughter (aka Blinky McStinky) and my almost seven year old son (aka Stinky Marinky):

BM: "I hope the next President is a girl. It's time for a girl to be President."
SM: "No Blinky! What do girl know about protecting the country?" [dead serious face]

Seems we still have some important lessons to teach Stinky.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I can't believe my son is turning 7!

Yes, it has been a while since my last post. There are no excuses really. After going back to work in 2012, combined with being a wife and Mom, blogging simply took a back set. However, I am having such fun planning my son's 7th birthday party with a Wild Kratts theme, I had to make time for a new entry.

My children are avid Wild Kratts fans so this year when I asked Stinky Marinky what kind of party he wanted, it was a pretty fast decision. Of outmost importance to him was the Kratt Brothers actually showing up. I figured the odds of this were pretty slim, but I promised I would try. So I e-mailed the company and actually received this friendly response:

Hi [Mom]!
Thanks for your message!  We’re happy that your children are such big fans of the show!

The Kratt Brothers try to make as many appearances as possible when they’re not making the show.  Due to the limited time window, they tend to perform at venues that can host a large audience, where some form of ticket sales can help offset appearance fees, which are sometimes more substantial than people expect.

Information regarding upcoming performances can be found on our website ( listed under the appearances section.

All the best,
The Wild Kratts Team

Please check-out our website for upcoming live tour dates!

Realizing they toured, I went straight to their 2015 calendar. The closest appearance (3 hours away) was in Atlanta but was already sold out. The next closest appearance is in Orlando (about 8 hours away), is not sold out, but on a weekday. We just can't pull that off right now. Stinky was disappointed but he knows we'll try again next year.

Back to the party planning...I scoured Pinterest for ideas and came up with these nuggets:

The Cake. Already Ordered!

Snake Veggie Tray
Spider Veggie Dip

Snake Sandwich Tray

The last 3 I am going to tackle myself.
I'm still working on the invitation design. As for the location, we chose a local campground that has a zipline course age appropriate for the kids. So excited! I may even try the ziplines myself.
There are still a few weeks left to go but I promise to post pictures of how everything turned out.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Blessings

It's been a really busy summer with swim, tennis, VBS, Dare to Dream reading program, Fit Camp, ballet and catching up with friends at the park. Still, it's going by way too quickly. I have really enjoyed watching my young children develop skills and friendships these last weeks and know that it will help them become better adults.

Yesterday, rushing between reading and swim, we stopped to enjoy this beautiful rainbow gracing our town:

I appreciate reminders as such that we are blessed and should never take that for granted.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Class Parties

As I write this, I'm brainstorming ideas for my two-year old daughter's preschool class end-of-year party. I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of hosting class parties; I'm pretty low key and am often overshadowed by Pinterest-addicted Moms who seem to plan these parties years in advance. But, it's strongly suggested that Moms sign on for at least one party a year (and there are many), so here we go again.

I'm leaning toward a picnic vibe, with maybe an Americana feel. Think red and white check tablecloths and blue plates. And that's where I get stuck. Centerpieces are not my strong suit and I literally cannot come up with anything other than beach balls. And I know this is a terrible idea. Picture nine two-year olds tossing beach balls around and running amuck. I prefer not to jeopardize next year's prepaid registration fees.

Then there's the issue of food. One year, I went the extra effort to make homemade everything, only to have the kids - fresh from gym time - ransack the table and not eat a single bite of anything. I was not amused. As for healthy snacks, typically fresh fruit and other healthy snacks are ignored. Cupcakes, chips and candy are the big winners, but I always feel guilty for supplying only these. Do I soothe my conscience by buying healthy snacks that will be examined, sneezed on, tossed around then thrown away, or do I save that money and go straight to the junk? Hmmmmmmm.

As for drinks, I am a sip-up gal. Yes, the pretty pitchers and monogrammed cups are to die for, but it's a toddler class party, not a baby shower! Besides, I don't have the time to make those if I wanted to. (I suppose I would in the time it takes to prepare this blog entry, but then I'd have no outlet to vent.)

So here we blog post later and still no clarification on the task at hand. What I do know is that I could lay a plastic garbage bag over the table, serve fingerpaint and Kool-aid, and the kids will have an undoubtedly grand time. They don't care about a theme, decor or pictures like their Moms. So I am not going to obsess and just do what I think is appropriate for the kids and myself. Then I'm going to come back home and figure out what to do with my munchkins for the next three months!!! Wish me luck. :)

Monday, April 30, 2012

An Unexpected Compliment

To get my rambunctious tots out of the house (and stop them from driving me insane with their constant power struggles), we spent the latter part of this morning at the local library working on puzzles. At some point I noticed a man walk in and head toward one of the back displays. (In hindsight, I realize he must have been there for some time, apparently observing us.) As we were wrapping up, he came over to compliment the children on their abilities (couldn't believe they were only four and two) and me for my teaching skills. He then asked about my educational background to determine if I would be eligible to teach kindergarten. Some compliment huh! Especially once he introduced himself as the Principal of the elementary school!

While not necessary, it's certainly nice to get independent confirmation that I'm doing something right. It negates the questions that pop up when I feel like I've literally spent the day breaking up fights and arbitrating for toddlers. I love my kids sincerely. Some days they are a handful and they need waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more structure than other days. But it seems their intellectual abilities exceed expectations and it feels damned great that my investment in them have a little to do with it.