Archive | May, 2013

Confession #5: I am a planner…

30 May

So it doesn’t really come as shock to most of you to read that I suffer from anxiety. I always have but it didn’t really kick into high gear until I had A. Her birth and my mat leave brought with them several panic and anxiety attacks, not uncommon to first time moms. So it’s no surprise that I like to plan everything in advance; from birthday parties to appointments, my life needs to be organized in advance so that I feel like i have control over something especially since my diagnosis.

I carry around my trusty cute agenda (thank you Indigo) that keeps track of all appointments for me and A as well as it keeps my coupon collection organized (yup i’m a couponer).

A’s birthdays have always been a big family event which means planning begins well before the previous Christmas….wondering when her birthday is yet? June! Yup, 6 months of planning and still sometimes it’s just not enough. Like most parents the first birthday sneaks up on you. One minute you are celebrating milestones by months and the next you go to years!!! Yikes!

Her first birthday was my first crack at event planning. It was  backyard bbq with a butterfly garden theme. I will admit that I didn’t stress as much as I usually do over it, but that was mostly due to the fact that I was beyond stressing over the fact that I was going to go overseas with A within 2 weeks of her first birthday. Have you ever flown overnight with an infant…yup not so fun. Not only are you stressing over how they will feel, behave, sleep on the flight but what happens when you land in a new country. How will they adjust to the time change (in our case it was 5 hours ahead), how will they deal with the different climate, food etc…So really I wasn’t too creative in the decorations. I picked up most of it at Party Packagers (now Party City) and Dollarama (my fav. go to Store to stock up on crafty supplies and party decorations). It went off beautifully, although the weather wasn’t stellar and it gave me a realistic view of how much work goes into planning a party.

A's First Birthday Cake

I read once in a parenting magazine that your Child won’t remember the presents you gave them for their birthdays but they will remember the experience. After reading that, I knew that every party I would throw for A would be the best it could possibly be so that her memories of her birthdays would be amplified and hopefully FABULOUS! lol

Her second birthday was more thought out and more dare I say DIY. I picked the them before Christmas and placed the order for the cake and off I went. I spent my evening trolling Pinterest and Etsy looking for ideas that would fit around my theme. It’s amazing what you can find out there. Thank you parents for sharing you ideas with the world, is all i have to say!

The theme for last year was Under the Sea. A was totally into fishes and water at that point so what better theme than under the sea for a fun little two year old. Again we did a backyard bbq in the afternoon, but this time I set out play areas for the little ones and decorated the backyard….and oh the goodies there was to eat! Don’t take my word for it…drool a little over the pictures!06.23.2012 (27)270915_10100861413188350_2087573314_n

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So for this year we choose something she is sure to drool over. A discovered (well i discovered and introduced her to) Eloise. It’s a great story about a 6 year old girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York and has a pet pug named Weenie and a pet turtle named Skiperdee and a nanny named Nanny. Not only is it a great book but they also have cartoon episodes as well as feature movies. Ever since she was given one of the movies last Christmas she has been hooked. So it was only natural that this years party be Eloise themed. I found so many great ideas on Pinterest and Etsy that I have taken and transformed to fit our party needs (and budget – gotta love Dollarama!). I can’t wait to share it with you all once it happens but for now here is a sneak peak of what is coming…

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