Friday, January 9, 2009

A Week of Parties!

The week after Christmas is my favorite. There's not much to do and the kids are in their happy place with their new toys. Last year I had a party for each of the kids during this week and decided to do it again this year. The kids each got to choose what kind of party, who to invite and what they would do.

We started with Emily. Of course, it was to be a princess party. Abbie was an awesome helper and was eager to set up a princess store for the girls to shop at. She even made them each their own credit cards to use. We are teaching them young! Holly loved dressing up for the party.
As did Emily. This was my favorite part. The girls didn't even want me to help paint their nails. They waited patiently for Abbie to do it. She must be way cooler than me.
Lovely dancing princesses.
Party #1 was a success and the next day we were ready for Connor's Lego party. This was my favorite because all it required was a box of Lego's and everyone was happy for hours.
I try not to abuse Stephanie's amazing cake-making skills too much. So I made my own cake for the boys. Actually it's banana bread, but with frosting on it, it's not much different than cake. The boys were totally impressed. I took it as the highest compliment possible when one of them asked me if Stephanie had made the cake.
Later that night we had our favorite party of the year-New Year's Eve! For many, many years Heather, Steph and I have been enjoying this holiday together. It all started years ago when our guests were our Cabbage Patch Kids and other stuffed animals. That was one of the best parties ever. But we've had some exciting ones since then. Mostly we just get entertained by Heather all night and hope that she can keep up the whooping and hollering well past midnight.
She had to take a few breaks to re-energize.
We ate lots of food, played lots of games and had lots of laughs.
Rick's pretending to be really excited in this picture. Truth is, we drugged him up so he could make it through the party. He was sick all day and the next day as well. We were glad he joined us for a few hours of celebration.
Jaxon anxiously waiting for the count down!
And this video is for those dear friends who have been with us in the past and weren't able to make it this year. This will help bring back all the memories and will hopefully be enough incentive to have you back again.
We took a break from parties the next day to recover and all slept in until 10:00. It was fabulous. On Friday, Abbie had her much anticipated American Girl party. She had received the boxed party for her birthday in September and has been begging to use it ever since. The box comes complete with invites, script and clues. It's like a murder mystery dinner for kids. So fun! All the girls dressed up and Abbie even let me put a few curls in. Something I don't get to do much anymore. She looked very cute dressed as Samantha.
We fed the girls a candlelit dinner on our fancy china.
And then solved the mystery.
Then they spent the next hour playing Apples to Apples and laughing and giggling like little girls should. It was the perfect evening.
I had my own little party the next morning. Just Heather and I skiing up on the mountain. Seeing Mt. Hood as we cross-country skied was incredible. It was the perfect end to a perfect week.
Now that real life has started again I like to cling to the fun memories and keep reminding myself, as I'm folding laundry and cleaning toilets, that there will be more parties and more days where I can stay in my pajamas all day. I'm already looking forward to it.


vaxhacker said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

And boy is raising boys and girls different :)

hedrad said...

It all seems so magical and only just a little painful (video of me). Thanks for helping us make such great memories. It wouldn't happen if you weren't so darn motivated.

meganconser said...

Leila loved the party. I was telling my mom about it and I told her I thought you were happiest with a house full of happy kids and what better way to produce that than to throw them a party! Fun times at the Brunos!

Elisabeth said...

You are amazing! I wish I had half your stamina and fun ideas. Your picture makes me want to go cross-country skiing!

Lady Fox said...

Parties are so much fun. Just make sure you don't mop your floor until they are all over. I wish I could come party with you.

Stephanie said...

I'm not impressed. Where's Holly's party?

(if you're reading this straight out of email, just know that it makes more sense after reading all the comments on your blog)

Tonya said...

Sophia had such a great time at the American Girl party. She still talks about it. Thanks for having her. Sometimes my brain is so forgettful, so I totally spaced Emily's princess party. SORRY! What a bummer! Your New Years party looked like tons of fun. Heather has so much energy. I loved the video of her going nuts.

Stace said...

Wow. What a celebration. Wish we could have been there. Your New Years Eve's parties are already legendary.