Sunday, 16 December 2012 00:00

Birthday Mode – Preparing for my daughter’s 5th Birthday

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My mom arrived well, and has been enjoying my new healthy recipes, and changes to the pantry. This was a total relief for me. I was worried about changes in my new routine. But, so far, so good.


Today my mom and I are going to spend a good portion of the day planning my daughter’s birthday. Her birthday is at the end of January, but since I work full time, I need to start planning in advance.


Birthdays at my house are quite the event. I admit, I do go overboard sometimes.


OK. Many times.


FINE. ALL the time.


But this is how I grew up. My mom did the same thing for the first 5 birthdays. After that, things were not as elaborate. So I’m following that tradition.


I do a lot of the decorations myself. I find lots of things at the dollar store, or on line. I re-purpose a variety of different objects. Some of my family members (you know, the ones who come for several days or months) also like to bring decorations and help me set up the party.


An early goal I want to set up this time around, in light of my new global organization plans, is not to let the post-party clean-up be sooooo overwhelming. The garage is where we put all the kids toys and furniture not being used during the party, dirty laundry baskets, extra decorations… you name it. Organizing things back up is always a challenge. I still have decorations that don’t have a home lying around my game room.


I’m thinking the game room will need to be one of my next projects, since we will be taking things in and out of there to prepare for the birthday. We don’t have a basement in our house, so the game room is the only place I can use for bulky storage. Funny enough, nobody plays in the game room.


So, on with my day. Beds are made, clothes put away. Clean sink downstairs. I lost another pound. I’m off to a good start!


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