Though the twins’ birthday is in June, over time we’ve found it better to host their party in May before the school year is over. Once summer hits, kids in these parts scatter to the wind quite rapidly, mostly because this is a military town and many people here aren’t from here. In the summer, many of the kids’ friends return to wherever “home” is to visit grandparents and family. Having Kyra and Jaiden’s birthday party about a month early in May ensures that their friends will be in town for the event. Of course, with Jordan’s birthday falling on May 22 (which usually is also in the last week of school), this means we’re slammed with parties in May. We could stretch it out through the month and have a party three weekends out of the month, but because we’re insane, we opt instead to jam pack the parties into a single weekend. One shot, one kill, and whatnot. We’re balls to the wall people like that.
This weekend’s schedule will go something like this:
Friday night- Pack overnight clothes for the family, make goodie bags, load everything into the SwaggerWagon, stay up way too late watching mindless TV.
8 a.m. Pretend to still be asleep so that Frank will get up to handle the customary early-morning argument between Kaelyn and a sibling (probably Kyra).
9:30 a.m. Get up, get dressed, eat, bark commands, and answer, “It’s not time to go, yet,” for the infinity2 times that Kaelyn will ask.
11:00 a.m. Depart, hopefully with everything we need. Pick up Jordan’s cake. Head to the bowling alley. Set up for the party.
12:00-2:00 p.m. Jordan’s birthday party (his 8th). Stay until all kids are picked up.
3:00 p.m. Check-in at the hotel. Set up in the pool area for the twins’ party. Gird loins.
4:00-7:00 p.m. Twins’ pool party. Hope dearly that plenty of friends come to the pool party and around half stay for the slumber party (DearGodpleasenomorethanhalf).
7:00-8:00 p.m. Pick-up for the kids not staying overnight, then head upstairs with the sleepover kids.
8:00-11:00 p.m. Showers, pajamas, junk food, order a Now Showing in Theaters kids’ movie on Pay-Per-View. Exchange regularly scheduled OMFGwhattheheckwerewethinking text messages with Frank and vow never to do this again.
12:00 a.m. Lights out for anyone still awake. Prank Kyra (and Frank will prank Jaiden).
7:25 a.m. Wake up call, everyone dressed, packed, and downstairs.
8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast (“Full breakfast selections, like cereals, oatmeal, pastries, waffles, bacon, and eggs – none of that powdered stuff,” says the hotel concierge).
10:00 a.m. Kids’ pick-up time/ checkout
10:30ish Head home bedraggled, but basking in the You guys are the BEST! PARENTS! EVAAAR! sentiments and promptly forget what we said about never doing this again.
My favorite birthday party was my tenth. Like the twins, it was also the first time I had a sleepover party. We were stationed in Frankfurt, Germany at the time. In the afternoon, I had maybe 20 or so friends show up. I don’t know how she did it, but my mom crafted this mega neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt. There were about 25 items on our list; some things she hid around the building, and others we had to knock door-to-door to find (we lived in a close-knit military housing complex, so neighbors were supportive and welcomed things like this). For some reason, a coin from the year I was born (1978) and a Christmas napkin are the two items that stick out in my mind the most. We grouped together in teams of two or three and had an hour to find as many items as we could and report back to my house. Just by sheer coincidence, my friend and I managed to find the most items.
After the lunch/cake/gifts bit, all of the boys and some of the girls went home. I had six or seven friends spend the night. We did the typical girls’ sleepover stuff: camped out on the floor in the living room, watched movies late into the night, and giggled over stupid stuff. In the morning, mom made a huge breakfast for us. She probably had OMFGwhattheheckwasIthikingI’mneverdoingthisagain moments (didja, Lady?), but I know for sure that I was all BEST! MOTHER! EVAAAR! for the next few days.
What was your best childhood birthday party?