Also, on a pretty big side note, I had an awesome experience with Macomb Patch this last week as Jenny followed me as a Stay-At-Home Mom for the Macomb Patch Spring Tour. Check out the video here. And please be kind. . . I was so incredibly nervous when she asked me what makes a good mom. Also, do not fear, I will not be vlogging anytime soon. Promise.
Instead of going into a long dissertation about the past weeks, I decided to give you a condesnced version in a format that is inspired by the lovely Aunt Becky at Mommy Wants Vodka. (She also has the awesome site called Band Back Together. This month is Mental Health Awareness month, and this site is doing some incredible things about breaking the stigma attached to mental illnesses. Please go check it out).
So without further ado, I bring to you, Birthday Season by Numbers:
7 – the number of family birthdays within Birthday Season
3- the number of Costco cakes I ate (well, not the whole cake, just a lot of it)
5 – the number of gallons of ice cream I bought
3- the number of family parties we did not attend to due to serious illness
1 - the number of events we did not attend to due to our illness
1 - the number of events left to be hosted at my house as a makeup to the said missed dates due to personal illness
1 - the number of events cancelled due to the monsoon season
4 - the number of projected events hosted at my house
2 - the number of actual events hosted at my house
523 - the number of Costco trips for essentials like cake, wine, and turkey rollup party platters
3 - the number of times I ate Mexican during Birthday Season
10 - the number of days Harrington was out of town on business during Birthday Season
250 – the number of near misses for having a nervous breakdown
1 - the number of bridal showers I attended and planned during Birthday Season
14 - the number of days that my Mom and I planned a bridal shower
476 - the number of times that it felt good to see my cousin and his wife-to-be since they live so far away
6 - the number of birthday parties left to attend during Part 2 of Birthday Season
1 - the number of princesses parties that Marie attended in which all 8 guests were jumping on the trampoline at once without a net
1,000,645 - the number of seconds I held my breath hoping Marie didn’t fall off, waiting for the hostess
mom to stop chain smoking long enough to say something, and when she didn’t, I finally told Marie to get off the trampoline
3- the number of parents that stayed at the party even though she said it was fine that parents stayed, but once there, the vibe suggested otherwise
0 - the number of times Marie will go back to that house without me
18 – treat bags of Mommy’s Special Snack mix (comprised of pretzels, raisins, and 1 table spoon of M&M’s) that I made for Marie’s birthday snack for school since I decided to be a kill joy and not bring in pop tarts or cookies since those treats are brought in on a daily basis as “healthy snacks.” (A side note: “Real Fruit Flavor” is not the same as “Real Fruit”)
1 - the number of parties at Rochester Play for Marie’s big 5 year old birthday
373,047,808,3748,374 - the number of smiles had by all the guests because the people at Rochester Play know how to throw The. Most. Perfect. Birthday. Party. Ever.
0 - the number of parties I plan on having at my house after such a successful offsite party. Really, Rochester Play, you are so, so awesome!
570 - the number of times I wanted to blog, but was too tired after planning
1,000 - the number of times I feel relieved to get back to blogging because you know, I love it and it makes me happy.
1 - the number of days we celebrated Easter with an awesome brunch and my brother’s delicious biscuits and homemade sausage gravy
1 – the number of days we celebrated Mother’s Day with my Mom, Mother-in-law, and Aunt Carol
0 - the number of days I planned Mother’s Day
7 - the number of days I wondered when Harrington and my Dad were going to start planning Mother’s Day
245 - the number of times I was thankful that my Dad made the perfect mojito and Harrington got me the book I was so desperately hoping for
5,783,754,870,734,087,021 - the number of I felt super lucky to be a mom to some pretty incredible Babes
1 – the times I went to Chicago with my Mom and Marie to visit my cousin and Aunt Diane to see my cousin’s end of the year project for her master’s program and celebrate the completion of Birthday Season Part 1
1,000 - the number of times I was thankful the the naviagation device on my phone delivered me from my home to Chicago safely and accurately
1 - the number of times we attended Kindergarten Roundup
5 - the number of times I stopped myself from crying because my little girl is Going. To. Kindergarden.
25 – the number of pounds I should have gained during this season (see number of Costco cakes and gallons of ice cream)
0 – the number of pounds gained thanks to zumba and yoga and IBS (mostly, the IBS)
9,578,402,183,659,120,978 – the number of times I felt lucky to have great family and friends
9,578,402,183,659,120,978 - the number of times I was getting down about the drama that often surrounds Birthday Season
Well, I think that pretty much sums up the past month and a half. So, what’s new with you? Anything good? Or not good but want to share? I’d love to hear from you!