While I may not be a mommy yet, I think the extra estrogen swimming around in my body seems to make me go all maternal. I’m sure it’s like that for mommies too, whose desire is nothing less than see their kids grow up well, and grow up to be good people.
Traci shares with us her joys and pains, highs and lows of being a mommy. In her Playtime Central blog, she shares with us more than her soft mom’s heart. She also shares how she sees life through her own eyes, how it is to be the woman that she is, and all the roles and facets that come with it.
Just to leave you with a quote from her blog’s sidebar:
Today’s Message of the Day is: Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance…
Excerpts after the jump. Enjoy. 🙂 Excerpts from Playtime Central:
My son turned 12 years old on Saturday. The party planning began small. Dylan, (my son) told me he was not interested in having any more than three of his closest friends over. His plan was to show off our Playstation 3 and HDTV, for which is the topic of discussion most days inbetween classes. (Personally, I don’t need the biggest and the best television in town, but there are four males and three females in our home and we are outvoted when it comes to electronics of any kind.) Anyhow, as a fun project Dylan and I sat down to create his party invitation. We found one we liked with the software I have on my computer and he happily went to school the following day with them in tow. He returned that afternoon requesting not one or two more invitations, but eleven more! Apparently while handing the invitations out in class, he grabbed the attention of one young lady for whom is well liked by all the young men in class. When she showed interest, everyone in class wanted to come. Excited and pleading for more invitations, how could I deny him? The only obstacle I saw was getting David to agree. I knew that if I assured him that I was going to take charge of the party as I had planned on anyhow he would be more accepting of 14 children plus our own five running around our 1400 square foot house.
I knew with that number of children coming to our house, I would need to structure the four hours they would be here. What better idea than a scavenger hunt!
has great ideas for scavenger hunts and party games. The site is organized appropriate to age and party style. We tookthe ideas we found on the site and tweaked them to fit the limited space we had for the party. When all was said and done, the kids had a blast! The only complaint was that it didn’t take them long to find all the clues. We made three teams of 5 kids and had the clues on colored paper. Because there were attendants of all ages, we designed the clues appropriate for each age group. The Orange paper had the easiest clues, the Pink moderate and the Purple were the most difficult.
David helped me come up with the riddles for the game which it turns out he is pretty good at. He made me laugh the whole time we were working on it. Which one did we both like best?
I’m brown and I’m fast, and if I ate table scraps…….I have bad gas!
The children had so much fun looking for our puppy! He loves kids, but did not understand what was going on. He was running from room to room trying to figure out what all the excitement was, when suddenly the Pink group gangs up on him. Luckily, we were right there to help them recover their clue and saved our Jackaroo from getting entangled in the scavengers hunt.
As it turned out, four hours was just long enough for everything we had planned to do, and a few things my son had on his mind to do as well. For instance, I had no idea he couldn’t wait to show off his DDR skills. None of the guests had ever played DDR before, so they were amazed at Dylan’s medium level skill set. He had fun showing them all how to play and they all loved it so much we probably could have based an entire party on it alone. Definately an idea for next year, of course only if it’s still the “IN” thing to do!
DDR = Dance Dance Revolution
(Playstation 2 game)
It’s a great way to get the kids to exercise while they play the video games they can’t seem to get enough of.
I think the Birthday Boy was very happy at the end of the day! What do you think?