Joint Birthday Parties
Saturday, June 15, 2013
When I was a kid, I used to dream big dreams. Dreams about being special, original, and unique.
Well, it's time to admit it. I've failed at those dreams.
I've made three big decisions in my adult life. Take a look at them and you'll see what I mean. Thursday, December 8, 2005 was a big day for me. That was the day I agreed to become Sam's wife. Never mind the fact that we had both prayed, thought, and discussed this decision for several months. When we eagerly shared the news with our friends, their overwhelming response was,
Oh. You too, huh?
Apparently the winter of your senior year in college is not a very unique time to get engaged. Who knew.
Fast forward to the summer of 2009. After almost a year of waiting, we were thrilled to announce the news to my family that we were expecting our first child. And what did my sisters say to this impressive news?
Oh. You too, huh?
Well, things really started snowballing when it came to my pregnancy with Judah. Not only did my sister-in-law on my side decide to get pregnant at the same time (with the same due date... freaky), but my sister-in-law on Sam's side joined us as well. Oh, and her sister-in-law too. All due about the same time. And all four babies were born within 12 days of each other. Sheesh.
Judah & Paige
Noah, Judah & Jacob
Sigh. So much for being original. I give it up. Good bye, uniqueness! Maybe I can find other ways to be cool. (I'll get back to you on that one.) But you know what? I'm okay with it. Because as it turns out, having babies with your sisters-in-law is like WAY more fun than doing it by yourself. AND both of my kids have cousins their age, which has been loads of fun already.
But perhaps the best part of my major life conformity is that I never have to plan my own kids' birthday parties. I'm a rather lazy creature when it comes to party throwing, so it's been great to ride the wave of other people's hard work and creativity and just show up with a kid ready for cake.
PARTY #1: My sister-in-law's family was throwing a party for Noah and Jacob and asked if we'd like to come and celebrate Judah as well. Um let's see, you're hosting it, providing everything, and my kid gets presents? Yes, please!
PARTY #2 My other sister-in-law approached me back in December about having this joint birthday party. She had the plates and matching cups ordered by March. She made and decorated a gorgeous birthday cake with coordinating cupcakes. She's just. that. cool. I think I did do something for this party... let's see... oh yeah, I made fruit salad.
Paige & Judah
In the end, I have to admit that its probably a good thing that my aspirations of individuality never came true. Because if I had planned Judah's first birthday party on my own, he probably would have been eating ice cream out of the carton with a candle stuck in it. Which we may or may not have done on his actual birthday.
So thanks everyone for the fabulous parties. I couldn't have done it without you!