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07 Apr, 2007

Today we celebrated the anniversary of a birth, and this is how we did it

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Photography

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?? a.m. – Wake. Uh, is that snow?

?? a.m. – Make Sarah her breakfast in bed. Mark helps.

8:30 – Long.hot.shower. Put clothes out for Emma and Sarah.

9:00-11:00 – House cleaning, furniture moving, veggie chopping party prep etc.

11:00-11:10 Sneak a bagel with hot pepper cream cheese. I pledge this year to keep myself fueled properly before/during party. A steady stream of ketchup-flavoured chips just make me crabby.

11:10-11:13 Crank kitchen stereo to 15 and dance wildly to the Ramones singing “I wanna be sedated.”

11:27 Take one extra-strength Tylenol. I think I hurt my neck.

11:38 Observe how daughters pass the time before guests arrive.

11:50 – First child arrives.

12:00 – 12:05 The rest of the children arrive.

12:30 We’ve played ALL of the games I had planned. Where the hell is Mark with that pizza?

12:35  Pizza is here. Finally. We can eat.

12:55  Balloon guy arrives. All previous party games pale in comparison.

2:00 – Balloon guy leaves. Time for presents.

2:15 – Time for cake.

3:15  Last children leave.

3:21  Mum collapses on couch, wishes someone would serve her a stiff drink.

7:25  Almost forgot. There are eggs that need dying!

7:55 – Since the Easter bunny is coming I try to get the girls to bed early. I thought they were so tired they’d be ready to drop into their beds. I think I was wrong.

6 Responses to "Today we celebrated the anniversary of a birth, and this is how we did it"

1 | Marla

April 7th, 2007 at 10:02 pm


Lovely! I want some of that cake – it looks not just beautiful, but delicious!

2 | Pendullum

April 8th, 2007 at 6:43 am


Happy Happy Birthday to your sweet young girl…
And what better than to top it off with a Butterfly Cake??/

3 | BeachMama

April 9th, 2007 at 3:30 pm


WHat a wonderful party! And Happy Birthday to Sarah!

That balloon guy was the best, are you willing to share his name? He made the best balloons I have seen in a long time.

I also know what you man about crashing during parties, I usually don’t eat enough then eat a ton after everyone has left.

4 | Jen_nifer

April 10th, 2007 at 7:58 am


Yes, please share the name of that balloon guy! Did he draw the pupils of the eyes on with markers? Did it rub off afterwards?

5 | andrea

April 10th, 2007 at 8:08 am


I’m sure he wouldn’t mind my posting it here. His name is Brad and his email is: brad AT radicalballoons DOT com. He was great. He had the kids in stitches the entire time.

Jen: The pupils are drawn on with permanent marker. They haven’t rubbed off yet. And none of his balloons have deflated either. I wonder what I’m going to do with them all…

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