bday x 2

March 16, 2015

Today we went to 2 kids’ birthday parties.  Our day looked like this:

6:30 Me up with both kids (Josh did this yesterday, so I can’t complain)

9:00 4mi stroller run with Cameron
     (The single Bob now feels sooooo light.  All relative . . . )

10:15 Head out to Plantation (about 35 minutes way) for bday party #1.  

11 – 1 Party time!  This bash was a toddler party (1 year old!) held at a playground in Plantation, about 35 minutes away.  It was adorable and low-key, and both kids had a blast at the splash pad.

1:30 Drive back to Miami Beach while both kids fall asleep (party-induced exhaustion) in the car to recharge for . . .

3:00 Bday party #2!  For our beautiful niece E, who turned 6 yesterday.  This karate-themed party (held at the studio where the bday girl trains in martial arts) was geared at older kids but it did not stop both A&C from having fun.  Annabel was initially terrified, but ended up having a great time somersaulting around the mats and Cameron was . . . Cameron.  He was fine, as he always seems to be.

5:30 Out to dinner at Tequiztlan

7:15 Put a completely wiped-out Cameron to bed

8:15 Write this post while Josh puts A to bed

I have to say — I hear a lot of complaining about kids’ birthday parties.  Admittedly, I’m a relative newbie to the scene, but I actually kind of love them.  Social time + excited active kids = what’s not to like?  I’d like to reduce the traditional role of junk food, but both parties that we attended today kept it very reasonable on that front, and neither were Pinterest explosions, either.  Whew!

My only regret is eating like (*@&# the entire weekend (poor planning!), but hey — tomorrow is Monday, so I’ll be ready for a fresh start.  Oh, and I finally finished Flow!  I need some fun, light and juicy fiction now.  Recommendations?!


  • Reply Rachael March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    You should read The Girl On The Train! I think you’d really like it 🙂 Or Cheryl Strayed’s Wild… that one is really good, too 😀

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I’m reading Luanne moriarty’s Big Little Lies. Highly entertaining so far

  • Reply Krista March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I loved Big Little Lies (read it right after The Girl on the Train, which is really good too), so then i read The Husband’s Secret, What Alixe Forgot, and now I’m on The Hypnotist’s Love Story. All by Liane Moriarty. I read four books in three weeks and before that I was hardly finding any time to read. My kids have all been sick, on right after the other (why can’t they be sick at the same time?!), so the reading at random times throughout the day has been been treat. That’s my endorsement! I’m ready to move to Australia (where all her books take place) or at least start talking that way, mate!

  • Reply Sheryl March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I love that you’re posting more frequently now! Look forward to reading more. Also, I love kid birthday parties. A great opportunity for my 3 year old to play, have fun, and a nice change from the regular. But, I could see how going to two every weekend might be a bit of drag. I just read Wally Lamb’s "We are Water" but I wouldn’t necessarily consider it "fun." A good read though, if you read and liked "She’s Come Undone" or " I Know This Much is True" by him as well.

  • Reply @janieliz19 March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    After you finish Big Little Lies (which I have downloaded but not read yet)…. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. It’s so good.

  • Reply @carrotrunr March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    "The Rosie Project" and its sequel, "The Rosie Effect" were entertaining reads; I really enjoyed them. Also, I recently listened to Alison Sweeney’s (of "Days of Our Lives" and "The Biggest Loser") fiction book, "Scared Scriptless," and it was light and easy, making my treadmill miles pass by (less) painfully.

  • Reply Laura Vanderkam March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I’m almost 8 years in and I still love kid birthday parties. The kids get entertained and with the little ones (so non drop off) it’s how we get to know other parents in the area. I swear that kid birthday parties account for more than half of my social life right now.

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