Hello, World…I’ve been robbed!

Hi All,

I am so excited about my new blog, but first I would like to acknowledge that my daughter turned 11 years old yesterday! Wow; the years are flying by quickly.  A few months ago, as I was preparing to plan ahead for her ELABORATE birthday party, it occurred to me that as she was transitioning from elementary school to junior high, from school uniforms to being allowed to wear clothes that reflect her own personality, that perhaps I should give her the option of a wardrobe makeover in lieu of a party. Initially, in my mind, either route would be a win-win. It was not until later that I realized I was secretly hoping for the latter.


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I think that there should be something written in that secret “How to Properly Raise a Child,” manual that most of us seem to know nothing about, that states that the entire “party planning high,” that most moms receive when planning their child’s birthday parties, would be ripped from your hands around the age of 10 and placed on pause until the “Sweet 16.” I mean, how could she do this to me? I can recall every last birthday party to date with some of the best being:

Age 4: Disney World…need I say more.

Age 5: A Carnival. Yes, with games, pony rides, face painting, popcorn, snow cones and all!

Age 6: A Luau, with water slides and themed food.

Age 8: Rented out a spa and the girls had a full blown SPA party.

Age 9: Rented out Zeno’s Pizza and the kids all had the opportunity to make their own pizzas.

Age 10: The best SLEEPOVER ever! 9 girls, a fashion and talent show, as well as everything else that girls love to do!

See what I mean! We’ve made so many wonderful memories throughout the years and will continue to do so. As it gets closer to school time, I’ll try to plug in a few things from our shopping trip. We really had a great time. I allowed her to combine the total allowance that I would normally spend on her party with the amount that I had set aside for school clothes. It was a pleasure to see the items that she chose, but I’ll go into more detail about that in a later post. In the meantime, parents, moms in particular, enjoy all of the planning that goes into celebrating their special days, because one day…you too may be robbed!