Thursday, May 25, 2006

Parties and Farewells

Last weekend's chaos included me working on Saturday morning, Anthony working Saturday afternoon, our local community's annual festival, a 5K race, and Colin's birthday party. I was pretty glad when it was all over. Also, glad Emily came to help, mow my yard, and run her first 5K!

Colin's party was fun, and he had a good time. He keeps rehashing it in his 3 year old toddlerspeak. The party had a space theme, with Buzz Lightyear invitations and of course the cake. I also had the kids make a universe with space stickers on black posterboard. Then we had the kids drop the alien into the black hole. They lined up to do this for 10 minutes. There was no prize, no winner, just the dropping of the alien into the hole. Do not underestimate this activity for your next preschool party.

At one point, I was changing Colin (it was his party and he'll poop if he wants to) and he said, "Mommy, what's those lots of girls doing? I want to go see those lots of girls!" His party was small, but I didn't realize until then that none of the boys we invited came. Fortunately, Colin rolled with it, but I felt a little bad for him.

Colin's Buzz Lightyear loot included: a shirt, a swimsuit, a light up spinning Buzz, a backpack, wristbands, a wash cloth, a book, and a lamp. Do not underestimate Disney's marketing!

I have been a little down this week because of my sister's devastating loss. Also I feel a little sad because tomorrow is Anna's last day of preschool. She has had the same wonderful teacher for 3 years. She is ready to move on, but I'm a little wistful over leaving this stage. The school, in typical low key fashion, has no ridiculous graduation, but also no goodbye party or anything. I thought about organizing one then realized -ha! Who am I kidding? Its MAY, the month everyone has a birthday, graduation, or some other event. Planning Colin's small party almost did me in!

Anyway, although I know Anna will remember her first wonderful school, I know she doesn't realize what she is saying goodbye to tomorrow. That's probably a good thing, for her to be blissfully unaware, just looking forward to a fun summer and kindegarten. And for me, at least I know Colin will be going there next year.


Leah said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sister's loss. I don't know her but my heart hurt for her and the whole family. My thoughts and prayers will be with her in this difficult time. Sorry ....

paula said...

Blimey Jenn, you certainly packed a lot in. The party sounds amazing. Luke hasn't really got into Buzz yet, I do have the first Toy Story film on Video (remember those - before DVD?) but he kind of gets restless after the first 30 mins. I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of menfolk at his shindig, it just proves what a little heartbreaker he is with the women. They obviously felt they couldn't compete. XXXX


I second Paula's comment!


Emily said...

In listing the Buzz loot, you forgot that awesome cake!