Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Danny

Happy Birthday Danny! I can't believe you are five years old. I mean I can, but I also can't! Wyatt and I love you so much and you are so patient with us. Always willing to forgive us when we snap at you or when we forget to do things with you that you've been waiting around patiently for.
It was special that you got to enjoy your birthday at "nanny's" house. Your favorite place on earth. Surrounded by family who loves you. lots of people love you... 

The store employee did her very best to change the inscription on the cake! 

i still can't believe it all came together so well! 

It was cold outside but it was such a beautiful day!

ah my Dad, I miss him so much. so so much. He was the piñata MVP. I hope I get to see him soon.

Mousetrap, The one gift Danny asked for over and over again. His face says it all!

ah Childhood delight!

Seriously Danny, don't ever forget how loved you are

Sammy as usual hanging out by the stairs

Once again Maddison really helped me out by taking care of one or tow of my kids at any given time. I am so lucky to have her! Seriously, thank you! 

Some backstory on how this all came together-

We were in Utah this year during Danny's birthday so we wanted to make sure we celebrated him while Wyatt was in town. Which translated to us having to celebrate his birthday on January 1! Sunday the 31 Linda asked if there was anything I needed for celebrating Danny's birthday the next day. Suddenly it dawned on me that it was tomorrow. Like the sinner I am I went out to try and gather things for his birthday celebrations. I was really stressed out because I left Danny and Charlie with Wyatt. which really shouldn't stress me out, but since Charlie was little I was worried he would need me at any time. I felt like I was doing everyone a favor by taking Sammy with me though. He's the toughest age right now. He wasn't exactly cooperating on all our little outings. but we survived it!

First up, a piñata. Gotta have a piñata. I went to the Mexican market and the only acceptable one I found was a bright yellow minions one. So I took it. I looked at their birthday cakes, nothing. I asked how fast they could make one for me. They said Tuesday night. I was like "What? What about tomorrow?" and they replied it was NEW YEARS DAY AND THEY WERE CLOSED! The realization hit me that it was new years day! All the stores would be closed DOH!
I ran over to target and bought him a remote control hexabug and a chain reaction toy to go with it. I had bought him a shirt at Gymboree ($4!) a few days ago so I figured I could call it good with that. I walked over to the party isle and found a bunch of minion party cups/decorations!Yes! No birthday cakes though. dang it.

Lastly I stopped by Ranch Market and looked through their cakes. There was a bright yellow cake that said "Felicidades" and I asked if they could change that to say "feliz cumpleaños". The cake also had roses on it so that would need to be changed. turned out the cake decorator was gone for the day BUT a store employee offered to change it up for me. I asked her to check and see if they had any cake toppers I could use for a boys birthday. After what seemed like a long time she finally came back with the only kids cake topper she had in store. MINIONS! Wahoo!!
I called pizza hut and made a reservation for pizzas to be picked up tomorrow at 11:30 and couldn't find any good piñata filler candy at the market so I figured I'd go to Walmart tomorrow.

I got back and Wyatt was very eagerly waiting to hand off Charlie. I asked him to get the groceries out of the car for me. To say he was displeased at all I had bought is a downright understatement. He was livid. He gave me a severe tongue lashing on how I spent money we didn't have. I replied saying I told him I was going to go buy things for Danny's party tomorrow. He assumed his parents would buy everything for it and i'm like we aren't making them do that! Anyways. It was one of the few moments in our marital life where I wondered if this would the straw that broke the camels back and lead to our ultimate demise. I had tried my very best to stick to the cheap end of things. leaving so many things behind at the store. whittling down what I had wanted to purchase. The severity of his tongue lashing left me in tears, I know we are on a tight budget. I know. It was his birthday party though! Looking back on it now I'm glad I did it though. We aren't nearly as tight on money now as we were then. hard times. hard times. I'm so happy it all came together thought. I'm eternally grateful for Eric and Linda for covering the cost of the pizza and the candies to fill the piñata because we couldn't afford them. Or maybe we could, but I'm sure they would have costed me my marriage! That whole Utah trip was both wonderful and anxiety filled. My kids weren't sleeping well, which translated to me never sleeping. Kids were sick which was awful. Sammy required round the clock supervision, it kind of did me in I think. I took him on walks as often as I could to give the people in the house a break from his destructiveness!!  I'm so glad we went though. We made lasting memories with our loving family. We are so blessed to have them. It's hard living away but I try to be strong for the family ya know? Both Wyatt and I do that I think. Secretly we both pine to live in Utah but we would never tell one another, or our kids. Somebody's gotta have the firm upper lip right?! Also I will say that anytime we're in Utah Wyatt takes a pretty big break from parenting and it drives me crazy. Little things like changing diapers or putting to bed he doesn't want to do. So I think I get the best version of Wyatt living away from family.

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