Quick birthday re-cap for my 8 year old! Last year for El’s birthday we kept things low key, so this year she wanted a big party with all of her friends. She wanted to include everyone of course which meant there would be over 20 kids (which ruled out a party at our house) and there would be boys and girls (which ruled out the “snowflake pajama princess party” she originally came up with). We decided to just take the easy way out and have her party at Pump It Up – the inflatable party zone. Or as my sister likes to say – “McDonalds play land on crack.” Whatever you call it, this place never disappoints.
Ellie was so excited to see her name on the board when we arrived. I was so excited to know that everything would be taken care of and I could just relax and enjoy my girl. She greeted each guest with a huge hug and a smile and wouldn’t go into the bounce zone until everyone got there.
The kids had endless fun on all of the inflatables and before we knew it, it was time for pizza and cake!
El has the sweetest group of friends. She really does. Darling kids – we just love each one of them.
The party was a huge success and Ellie definitely felt special which is always the goal. :)
In fact, the whole family had a great time.
(Well – the four of us did. Kole was home with a sitter. Didn’t I mention wanting to just relax at the party and enjoy my girl? Don’t feel too sorry for him. He had a nice long, uninterrupted nap. I wasn’t the only one who needed to re-charge from last week!)
And here’s another simple thing I did to spotlight Ellie…
I thought it would be fun to use it to spotlight each of my kids (and Kenny too!) during their birthday months.
I just developed some fun 5×7 pictures of Ellie through the years to hang up and display. I can’t get enough of the baby pictures. My baby is 8! Unbelievable.
Another quick, easy way to make my birthday girl feel special. She has loved her little spotlight!
And as for me, I am feeling much better! (Thanks for your sweet, encouraging words!) I know most moms can relate to the way I felt on Friday. Motherhood is not for the weak! Last week was the perfect storm but after a fun and restful weekend, I’m happy to say that we are back on track.
My little boyfriend even decided to chill out a bit. I think he knew his mommy needed a break!
I’m off to go over my schedule and to-do’s for tomorrow! Which will include a little organizing and a little scrapbooking. And definitely a goal to exercise and eat better. Well. After I finish off Ellie’s cake of course. I do teach my girls to never waste food…
p.s. This was Ellie’s second party at Pump It Up. She had her 4th birthday party there too. I was just looking through these pictures this afternoon…
(Ellie – turning 4 at her Pump it Up party)
(Addison – almost 2)
My baby is growing up. And now I need a tissue.
Hope your week is off to a great start!