Today, while mostly awesome, was just too full. And I honestly wish I could have taken today away from work of any kind. But we are now down to crunch time with Camp fYrefly and I had to work on sending out acceptance packages. There are still a lot more to go out – but I got a good start on them… and will keep working on them tomorrow.
Why did I want today off? Well, the wee girlie only turns four once. And today was the day.
When she woke up (extra early, after a restless night, of course) I checked her over thoroughly. Inspected each and every inch, looking to see if there were possibly any three year old parts left. She giggled like mad as I peered at her armpits, checked between each toe, pinched her cheeks, wiggled her nose, and peeked into her belly button. But no. It appears that every single part is now a four year old part. There are no three year old parts left.
Before afternoon had a chance to commence, we hit the mall. Now… this particular mall is one we usually avoid. It’s just too crowded, too teen frenzy, and just too full of memories for me (not bad memories, just lots of them, around every corner). But on special occasions, we venture through the underground parking and emerge into it’s well lit crazitude (as I’ve mentioned before, making up words has a long, grand, history behind it… all the brightest, most awesome writers do it). Today was one of those special occasions.
While the wee girlie was turning four, her hot pink stuffed flamingo, most appropriately named Mingo, was turning one. So it was off to Build-a-Bear we went. Mingo needed a new birthday outfit, and the wee girlie had $21 worth of coupons to spend.
After our mall trip, it was off to my parent’s place. Where I sat at the kitchen table, Macbook Pro, iPad, and external hard drive all connected with various wires, and all connected to me – via the keyboard and trackpad. Thus the acceptance packages began to roll out.
Once Mom needed the table, I moved into the sewing room to begin working on the girlie’s costume pieces for her party on Saturday. This year she requested a Jungle party. A surprisingly easy thing to deliver.
Normally I spend a week (or even two) frantically preparing for the girlie’s birthdays. I don’t do this because I have to, but because I love doing it. I harvest berries, bake, cook, sew, craft… Work like mad. And then sit back and take in the joy of Strawberry Day (as her birthday has become known as). This year, I knew that was not happening. And I’ll admit, this particular Strawberry Day kinda feels like cheating.
We are going to The Fun Factory. That’s right. We’re heading somewhere, where I don’t have to do a darn thing but sit back and enjoy the air conditioning as the kids run around and play. Then, for 45 minutes, we’ll head into their jungle themed room (one of four party rooms) for cake and presents before heading back out to the general play area.
I am not making a cake. We’ve ordered a Monkey Jungle cake from Co-op. I am not baking, cooking, or crafting. I did minimal sewing today (about 1.5 hours worth) to create a Monkey costume for the girlie, as it’s a costume party. And that’s it. Come Saturday we’ll pick up the cake, and head on over to party with anyone who shows up. LMAO Yep. Feels like cheating. No cleaning, no mess. Show up, party, leave. LOL
In honor of this very different type of party, we are calling it Jungleberry Day. Because, well… it’s not really a Strawberry day if I’m not preparing a whack load of strawberries and strawberry dishes for my little Strawberry, now is it? 😉
So, after a bit of sewing, it was time for supper (and I so appreciate Mom providing the meal for us, I felt bad not pitching in at all, but I so desperately needed that time – so THANKS MOM!). Mom made up salad and pizza. Then, it was onto cake and presents.
The wee girlie was so wound up and exhausted by the time we were done, that she took a few laps around the yard with her new rockets/arrows (they are these air propelled nerf-like rocket/arrow things that you can shoot at each other) and it was time to come home and hit the hay. BTW, thanks for those Mom and Dad. When I first saw them I was thinking “Are you nuts?!?!?” but you can get out a lot of frustrations shooting (safely) at your kid. LMAO
Now we are home and in bed. The girlie, fast asleep. She’s four. Just like that.
Today was the Breaking the Silence conference. It was great! I only spoke for a little while, but I earned a few laughs, and got the chance to talk with lots of great folks afterwards. I’d share more… but right now? I am exhausted. LOL And I have to get ready for a photo shoot out in the snow tomorrow. Besides, today is supposed to be Scraptastic Saturday. And this post has NOTHING to do with scrapbooking. 😉 To that end, here’s a little poll.
I’m deciding on a name for my scrapbook design company. I’ve narrowed it down to a few options, but could use some outside opinions. So I hope you’ll weigh in. Either with just a vote, or with a comment too.
For those who don’t know… I call the wee girlie “my little strawberry”. So that’s where the name choices come from. 🙂
Today, thanks to the generosity of an individual, and through the amazing network that is Full Circles Saskatoon (same idea as free cycle) we got enough strawberry plants to make our own little patch. 🙂 So this coming year my Strawberry will have her own plants to tend.
So here is the wee girlie, checking out her strawberry patch (in the dark).
Thank you so much Linda. The strawberries and the bushes are wonderful!
It was a good day. Spent the morning cuddling with my wee girlie. Spent the afternoon with her doing some thrift store shopping at the Sally Ann. Spent the evening with my family (including my parents and most of my siblings). Got a vegetable gardening book from my parents, and the really cool watering can and stuffed snake in the picture from Lily-Ann. It really was a very nice day. 🙂
I was really proud that Lily-Ann did such a good job of shopping. She had reasons for each of the gifts, and both made perfect sense. The watering can is for my new garden, and it has strawberries on it because I call her my little strawberry. The snake is, as the wee girlie explained: “because your animal sign is snake.” And that it is. She did good.
So, I know they say “another year older, another year wiser”… but I’d like to think it’s not so much our years that make us wise, but our willingness to be open, and our eagerness to continue learning. Both are traits I hope I never lose. And both are things I hope the wee girlie models as she gets older herself. That said, happy birthday to me!