Thursday, March 27, 2014

Making it party.

Okay peeps.  I've been posting "heavy" topics lately, so it's time to change gears a bit as I move into party mode.  And when I say party mode, let me clarify.  What I really mean when I say that is that my world is completely revolving around eleventy-hundred events right now, and I'm taking one task/event at at time as I roll through this wild and crazy Spring season.  ("Just to today."  Sometimes I want to throw something at that sign.)

Do y'all remember that I'm going to have a teenager when I wake up in the morning tomorrow?  We're getting ready to leave town for spring break next week. ("Camping." (cabin-ish type camping)  How I got talked into this I do not know.) (Proof positive that I will follow my man anywhere.) (Also proof positive that my man knows when I need to get away from "it all.") Then, after spring break, we've got Easter and more birthdays, so I've got a million lists going and party items strung out in various forms of preparedness all over the place.  It's very festive around here to say the least.

Joe is having his party at an indoor ice skating rink and I'd love to tell you that it's because I am truly the most fun mama on the planet... but I'd be lying.  The real reason is that I'm too tired to clean my bathrooms and sweep my floor (true story) and I don't want to invite people over because then I'd feel like I should actually do something about it.  Ha!  Anyway, because we'll be gone, I'm not going too crazy on party decor for him and besides, he keeps telling me that boys don't really care for that sort of thing.  (However, his eyes lit up when he walked in after school and saw that I'd hung a party banner up for him so there you go.) So, regardless of his claims, I am splashing a bit of fun color around to festivize the place in his honor and I'm planning on using this same banner in a few weeks for Ava's rainbow themed party.  (You won't want to miss it.)
Joe always requests the same thing, and... dare I say it... it's boring.  Carrot cake cupcakes every single year since the kid was two.  This year, I used some of the most FUN rainbow sprinkles from my girl Ashley's shop, Fancy That Loved.  (By the way, she hooked me up with a party box.  I won't even go into the crazy excitement that possessed this house when that box landed on my doorstep.  We're talking stripey straws in rainbow colors, wood spoons, sprinkles, treat bags, daisy cut mason jar lids... you name it, we got it.  We are now officially decked out for party season and I promise to share tons more from Ashley's shop when it's Ava's time to celebrate because she happens to care very much about party decor, thankyouverymuch! )
 Okay so do you remember from previous years, that we've got a wake-up tradition in this house, on birthdays?  I always put a cupcake on a plate, plunk a candle in it, and everyone in the house walks into the birthday person's room singing happy birthday.  (And the birthday person always pretends to be asleep and totally surprised by this event, event though I know for a fact they've been awake for hours, waiting for the rest of us to get up and get our acts together, and get that dang candle lit.) Well anyway, this year I found a place that makes giant doughnuts.  My boy loves doughnuts almost more than life itself, so I bought him one for his birthday wake-up.
And um.. I think it's bigger than the plate.   
I wanted to share this super easy tissue paper garland.  I followed this tutorial and have now decided that I'd like to have a career as a tissue paper artist.  Is there even such a thing?  Ha!  It was really fun and easy. 

Joe helped me put coke and gum into little goody bags and now everything's done and he's measured himself and is an inch and a half away from being my height.  Which I don't like at all.  So tomorrow I wake up to a teenager. 

I guess I'm as ready as I'll ever be. If you have any sage words of wisdom, I'll take 'em.  And you might want to pray that I don't fall and break my tail-bone on the ice tomorrow night.  It's been a long time since I've gone ice skating!!  Ha!

Fancy That Loved's etsy shop


Stacy P. said...

Happy Birthday, Joe!! I have one teenager and one almost teenager and my only advice is to stay strong. ;)
They are finding themselves as much as you are trying to find out how to parent someone who is (almost) as tall as you.
It will be fine---I mean, we all turned out ok, right?!?

Tonya said...

Has anyone ever suggested to you that you should write a book on how to create fabulousness for any event? Really girl.

Msmoozys Open House said...

Happy Birthday to Joe, I am sure you all will have a great time skating. :-) Have a great weekend as well.

Jensamom23 said...

WELL! I was just remembering when my oldest became a teenager and then it hit birthday, he will no longer be a teenager! I think I may just go cry in a corner. The donut is probably the most perfect way for him to wake up tomorrow...seriously great! The tissue paper garland is now on my to do list as well! Have a fantabulous trip, Sasha and remember to breathe. :-)

Lea said...

Oh, my words of wisdom, "do not dread the years ahead." Those years were some of the greatest with our two and I just have a feeling that they will be with Joe. Love all your creativity, everything looks so happy and festive! Have a wonderful day celebrating!

Denise Greenwood said...

You are entering a really fun time. There will be ups and downs, but enjoy every second because it flies by!! Happy birthday to Joe!

Susanne said...

I'm so excited to have just discovered you this week!!!! (your guest post at life{in}grace) (and can't imagine why I hadn't earlier?!) (better late than never, right?) At any rate - - great ideas right here for happiness and joy! Happy Birthday to your Joe - these next few years will fly by, so embrace every single minute!

Donna A said...

I honestly think as my son, who's 15, has gotten older we've gotten even closer. EXCEPT when it comes to girls I'm not allowed to ask to many questions! :)

Jennifer King said...

Happy Birthday, JOE! Also, this dirty sock, fart jokes, giggles and EW at the same time over girls, and almost being confident just to go back into insecurity about life stage doesn't happen very long. It's one of THE most brain productive developments in their lives and so full of emotions they don't know how to deal with, the stuck place of not kid but not adult, and figuring out what they actually DO like instead of what other people tell them they like. It's all new, crazy, and exciting. (I teach middle school youthins and love them through this crazy stage). But they're so sweet and adorable and willing to say yes also at this stage. Once they move into FULL on teenager... watch out ;)

Jeannie S said...

Happy Birthday Joe! I hope you have the best party ever. Congratulations on being a teenager, it's going to be a blast!

Spring Hill Farm said...

I love it all! The garland, the goodies bags, the giant donut! Amazing!!! As the mom of a 13 year old it is not that bad - I promise! Have Fun!

DivineElmo said...

Love the tissue paper banner, it's so colorful and festive. Do you have tips on the letter Happy Birthday banner by chance? It looks like cut out felt possibly but I'm not sure. I didn't know if you've talked about it in another post before?

As always, thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures :)

LittleMuses said...

Happy 13th to Joe! WOW, what a donut! My kids would go crazy for it, they would eat donuts every day if I let them. (Come to think of it, so would I, ha!) Love the Coke and gum goodie simple but perfect for a teen! My oldest will be 13 this year too, in November. Time goes so quickly...especially when you're a parent, it seems. I love Gretchen Rubin's quote from her Happiness Project book, "The days are long, but the years are short". So true. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating your brand new teenager! :)

Alison Agnew said...

The teen years. Happiest of birthdays to Joe! I hope he has a sugar filled day. Looks like he is well on his way, and good luck with that! My eldest just turned 15, and I think my math must be screwy because I'm certainly no older than 39...

Happy camping!


Shannon said...

You are the bestest, funnest birthday celebrater ever! Pretty sure I'm borrowing all of these ideas for June. Happy birthday to Joe!

Alicia said...

This will be me in a year. A teenager!?!?! I have no words of wisdom. I hope you will by next year! :)

Debbie - Deliciously Inspired said...

I love the sprinkles. It sounds like you made a special celebration for your boy - your teenager.

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