- you’re reading at a grade 3/4 level (Levels M to O) and we’re working on your comprehension skills
- you’re still doing math for fun and really enjoy your math workbook
- you’re loving science
- you’re a great helper in the classroom
- you wear size 7/8 clothes and a size 3 shoe
- you chose “boy boots” this year because you didn’t want girl ones
- you’re 4′ 3.5″ tall and weigh 62 lbs
- you’re a Brownie now
- you can be a really great sister…most of the time
- you’re funny and you love telling jokes
- you got a big bike with hand brakes this summer and we enjoyed lots of long bike rides
That is my new mantra!
It has taken me almost a month to recover from the party that we threw for the girls.
Way back in September 2010, we purchased a party at Busy Bodies indoor play ground through WagJag. It was a really good deal. Until this point, we have been able to avoid a party where anyone other than family has been invited. With Munchkin in Grade 1 she has been invited to many friends’ parties and had started asking for her own. This discount through WagJag was exactly what we needed.
In the middle of October, I called to arrange a December or January party. Due to the nature of this deal, there were only limited days available and we got to pick from dates in March. Ya, March. Fortunately, I was able to rationalize this. We’d pick a date close to Peanut’s birthday and have Munchkin’s and Peanut’s party together. Perfect!
We had the girls pick their friends who they wanted to come. We had some from school and some from the neighbourhood. There were only a handful of friends at the party for just Munchkin; most of the attendees knew both girls so it worked out perfectly. Invitations were delivered 4 weeks before the party, with an RSVP 2 weeks before the party. We had to give numbers and other detail back to the party place a week before so we wanted to be prepared.
I started getting all the things ready that we needed to take with us: plates, cups, cutlery, cake, snacks (the party place was providing juice and pizza) and loot bags.
Yes, the dreaded loot bag. Most parents don’t care for the dollar store
junk treasures that comes home in most loot bags. I know I don’t. So I went online and very quickly and easily ordered the Loot Bag Combo from Mabel’s Labels. (I’ll be posting more about this tomorrow!) ** See review post here **
Party day rolls around. And this is where we start to realise that we are never going to do this again. “Never” is pretty harsh. We will have a part for the girls again, but there will be major rule changes.
The party was to run from 9:30 to 11:30am. We could arrive 5 minutes early to set up. And we had 5 minutes to get out after the party was done. Fortunately, they had a staff member there as an extra pair of hands. They helped set the table with plates, etc. When pizza time rolled around, they dished that up and they cut the cake.
Getting the kids rounded up and seated to eat was not an easy task. I felt like I was trying to herd cats. Once we got all the kids in the room, we realised that there was a kid I didn’t recognize. One of the staff members came to help us out. But the scary part was that this little girl didn’t know who’s party she was at the place place for.
Kids inhaled their pizza, scarfed down the cake and went running off again to play. I was able to clean up a bit and BigDaddy started taking the presents out to the car. (Another reason I don’t want to do that again…no time to open presents with their friends). And just as we finished cleaning out the room, parents arrived to get their kids. Loot bags were handed out. Thank yous were said.
That was the fastest 2 hours of my life. I was completely stressed and rushed. I’m not sure exactly what happened.
What I learned:
- don’t invite so many kids
- research the time-lines dictated by the play place
- it’s nice to have the mess outside my home
- don’t do a party so early in the morning
- make sure the place allows Tim Horton’s products
(slightly belated – Dec 15, 2010)
- you’re reading at a grade 2/3 level
- you make up math questions for fun
- your drawings are so detailed now
- your negotiating skills are being honed daily
- you wear size 7/8 clothes and a size 2 shoe
- you’re 48.75″ tall (yep, over 4 feet) and weight 52 lbs
- you’ve lost one tooth and made us so proud in the process
- the 2nd tooth will be lost any day now
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Peanut is going to be Prime Minster one day, if that is what she decides she’s going to be. She has more determination in her than expected for someone who’s only 3 years 4 months old.
Peanut is definitely not her sister. Not that I really expect them to have the same personalities, but it still suprises me sometimes as to how different they are.
Munchkin at this same age was still in training pants and we were begging, pleading, bribing, ANYTHING to get her potty trained. When Munchkin was 3 years 4 months old, she was 5 months away from starting JK and we knew that she couldn’t go unless she was fully trained. Can’t remember how it exactly happened, but one day Munchkin finally decided to go on the toilet and we were so happy. For the first few months of school she still wore training pants at night but we didn’t care because she was dry at school.
Now I know that Peanut’s potty training success has a lot to do with my mother-in-law. The girls are at their house while we are at work and my mother-in-law found the trick that worked with Peanut. Every time Peanut would use the toilet, she got a penny. Barely over 2 1/2 years old, Peanut was dry all day long. A whole year earlier than her sister.
We hadn’t pushed the night training because she was young and we were so happy that she was day trained so much earlier than her sister. Okay, fine. I was also enjoying the fact that I didn’t have to deal with accidents in the middle of the night. Training pants are so much easier to change than a whole bed.
Last night she put her foot down and refused to wear her training pants to bed.
I made sure the waterproof pad was on the bed and she went on the toilet just before getting into bed.
This morning she was DRY!!! Woohoo!
And as a bonus, she slept in her own bed all night long (that’s another post).
I can’t hold her back just because I don’t want her to grow up. I do want her to grow up, but I don’t all at the same time. My baby isn’t my baby any more.