Category Archives: Julia

Bedroom Makeovers

I think I mentioned before that I have been redoing the girls rooms.  A good makeover post would have before and afters but I am not a good blogger – so there you go.  I do have a before of Lauren’s and will see if there are any pictures of Julia’s taken for another reason.

Lauren – yellow walls… before and a complete mess!:

After: green walls plus one purple

Julia: before – long ago but was blue with that bed set:

After: with lavender walls:

Both girls are very happy with the new setups.  Now to keep those rooms clean!

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Second Grade

We took Julia to meet her second grade teacher and see her classroom last night. Something Nathan never got to do. I was fine until I was in the car alone driving to choir rehearsal afterwards. It just sucks.

The party

First off- I big thank you for all the ideas for Julia’s Birthday party.

Secondly – I have to admit that in addition to not having good party ideas – I also lack the desire to pull off most of them.

This was her LAST at home party. In the future she could have a couple friends over but no more official parties at home!

Lauren is next….so the misery is not over yet.

Anyway, it went fine. The kids started out by playing Cranium Hullabaloo. I picked it up a few weeks ago hoping it would be fun for a party and it was. We had fun trying it out the night before also.

We had some board games in the dining and room and the kids played some of those with help from some of the parents who stayed. Parents always get roped into helping at my parties due to all the activities Julia wants.

Forty minutes in the kids got restless. We decided to go ahead and get the pizzas and the kids were wandering in the family room so I got out Julia’s Star Station (kiddie karaoke). It worked! The kids took turns singing and ended up running around and around in circles screaming. They were happy so I didn’t care.

Then there was pizza, cake, presents and more running.

Not the best party ever but I think everyone had a good time.

Birthday party stress

Julia turned 5 years old yesterday! We had a wonderful family celebration at dinner last night but of course she also is having a birthday party. For years she has been talking about having her 5 years birthday at a inflatable bouncing play place because that is what Nathan did. She had recently shifted to wanting a Build-a-Bear party. I was more than happy to shell out the big bucks because the last few years she had craft parties at our house and I would rather spend money on a party somewhere than have to clean my house and entertain little children for two hours .

You can imagine my dismay when Julia announced she wanted a party at home this year with crafts and board games. I asked her several times hoping she would change her mind but she didn’t. We went out a few weeks ago and got party supplies and invitations. The party is Saturday and the crunch is on.

I did knock one item off my list – putting away the rest of the Christmas decorations.

I thought very hard about cleaning the bathroom but decided that it will be just as messy on Saturday and I need to wait.

I still need to pull out our games and make sure they will be sufficient.

I need the dreaded party favors. I REFUSE to do gift bags and plastic stuff. If I can find one good craft that they will enjoy keeping that will be their favor. I have told Julia that it will be far more game than crafts and there may be no crafts.

I suppose I should come up with some party games for those kids who might have no interest in board games. I always hated pin the tail on the donkey and I am anything but creative so I am not going to be able to come up with anything.
I feel faint at the thought of entertaining these kids – especially with some if their moms bearing witness.


Meanwhile I am using the coping method of not doing anything, hoping that procrastination will be the best motivator and even force creativity upon me.

Wish me luck.