We celebrated A’s bday yesterday
Home birthday parties are not our usual practice. I generally prefer some kind of outside entertainment, if not an entirely different location that I don’t have to clean up 🙂
But A requested it . . . and I figured this would be a good scenario to give it a try. We kept the invite list smaller (ie, not the whole class) and her friends were a mix: current school / older school / camp. She invited 11 but 3 were in a play (all in the same production!) and couldn’t make it. I almost moved the party but the rest RSVP’d yes and we ended up having 8 girls. Pretty much perfect.
Tie Dye (kit from Michael’s; white T shirts for each kid). Josh helped them do it outside.
Painting wooden boxes (bought paint, glitter pens, stick on gems, boxes and other wooden items to paint from Michael’s)
Gift opening!!! As one parent said, “kicking it old school.” But it was sweet; they watched her open gifts and it was actually pretty fun and kept them occupied at the end of the party.
Bagels / cream cheeses / fruit / veg tray
Crumbl cookies in lieu of cake (A’s request; I LOVE this cake alternative because it’s cheaper + easier – they deliver! And in my opinion they taste better too.)
11 YEAR OLDS ARE PRETTY EASY
Thankfully this is a good age group! Or maybe A’s friends are particularly nice. But seriously, these kids were very easy and great.
And, everyone went home with a tie-dye shirt and painted box, so no need for dedicated favors!
Would definitely do a home party again though I think waiting until kids are low maintenance and squarely in the ‘drop off’ zone (happens late in my area!) was helpful!
M: 7 mi with 2 running friends, ave 9:19/mi. 67F / 91%
T: Bad weather began! Did 5.08 treadmill miles. 10:12/mi ave + 30 min strength (Callie full body)
W: Bad weather day #2. 6.4 mi on treadmill with 4 x 90 second hills at 6-7% incline. Speeds 5.5 – 6.3 mph.
R: 7.75 mi with 6 x 20 sec strides up a tiny hill. 10:24/mi ave. 70F / 91%
F: 5 mi easy, 10:06/mi. 69F and 100% humidity! (I didn’t know that was possible. It did feel extra steamy/sweaty) + 30 min strength (15 min strength for runners / 15 min arms + shoulders)
S: 15 mi long run with 3 mi x 2 @ marathon pace (estimated future MP I guess). Splits: 4 mi easy @ 10:21, 10:09, 10:11, 10:28 // 3 mi MP @ 8:38, 8:36, 8:40 // 1 mi recover @ 11:03 // 3 mi MP @ 8:34, 8:46, 8:43 // 4 mi easy @ 10:29, 10:04, 9:55, 9:39. I really enjoyed this workout – it was just enough of a challenge! Took gels x 3. 72F / 96% humidity.
S: RESTTTTTTTT. Might do some stretching-centric yoga. And we are taking kids on a ‘training walk/run’ so I guess that will be something.
MILES: 46 // STRENGTH: 2 x 30 min