Guys, when it rains, it pours! Seriously, life has been crazy busy lately. But you know what hasn’t been busy? This blog! Ha! But I digress. I just wanted to give you a quick update of all the wonderful things that are happening in my little corner of the world lately.
First, I survived another birthday celebration. That sounds horrible. I actually enjoyed planning and hosting this party. This time, it was a double birthday since we were celebrating our youngest’ very first year (both of my kids have birthdays on the same month). Remember my previous blog post on how to plan a stress-free birthday for toddlers? Well, let’s just say I did not take my own advice and had a longer To-Do list on the day of the party than I would have preferred.
I found these guys on Amazon. They’re actually collectibles. I like to call them cake toppers.
See? They’re cake toppers. Told ya!
Overall, the party was a great success. I had fun planning the superhero theme party, the kids enjoyed it, and my guests did too. Maybe the grown-ups had a little too much fun with this backdrop I purchased from Amazon for only $20!
Don’t mind us silly parents, we were having fun!
Excuse the blurry pictures, it’s hard to capture so much action!
To reduce the stress of serving a full course meal a-la Venezuelan style (c’mon familia, not every birthday party is an excuse to grill meat and eat!), we decided to order pizza. I’m so glad we did this because instead of spending all morning cooking like we did last year, I was able to put up all the decorations and cross off last minute things from my To-Do list.
Isn’t he the most adorable Batman (err, bat-boy/bat-bunny) ever???
The morning after the party, we woke up and started cleaning the house like mad people. We had decided to put our townhouse on the market about a week before the party and scheduled the first Open House for that same weekend. The timing wasn’t perfect, but we were anxious to start the process of selling our house.
Fast forward another week, and I had my annual reunion with my girlfriends. Luckily, I have the most amazing girlfriends in the world and they were kind enough to drive down to visit me in Richmond. That way, I wouldn’t have to pack half the house in the car and drive several hours somewhere in the northeast (we try to pick a different location every year), with my whole gang in tow.
Less than an hour after my girlfriends arrived in the house, we received a call from our realtor saying we received an offer on our house (after being on the market for merely 2 weeks!). I give all the credit to the beautiful and positive energy my lady friends brought to the house.
After a wonderful weekend catching up with my friends and enjoying a long-awaited “ladies day out,” our oldest son started his first day at pre-school (I told you, when it rains, it pours!). It was a bittersweet moment. My husband and I took him to school that morning to make sure he was well situated and all. Liam, our son, was curious but very shy and hesitant to explore the room on his own. I did my best to describe the day’s schedule to him, including the lunch and snack menus. He was absorbing everything with much caution.
Love this kid! Every time I look at this picture, I get teary-eyed.
To our surprise, our son didn’t cry when we left that morning. I definitely held my tears back, though. Gosh, parenting can be so hard sometimes, for all the good reasons. The rest of the week wasn’t easy, but we survived it. Now, I’m gearing up for Week #2 of pre-school. Please send all the good vibes you can my way.