Leigha and the Triplets

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Non-Party

I have been suffering from a debilitating disease called "I am too lazy to do anything right" syndrome. It's where your husband leaves for a horrific amount of time and you use that as an excuse not to do certain things.

For example, Leigha's birthday. I told Leigha that we weren't going to do a birthday party for her this year. Instead, we were supposed to go to Disneyland. Things changed and we had to change our plans to Disney in Japan! Still sounds great for a birthday, right? It did to Leigha until right before her birthday. It was about a week and a half from her birthday when she mentioned that she wanted to have a party. Ugh! I decided to throw together a surprise birthday party, but on a smaller scale.

The boys' birthday is just a little over a month later. Surely they don't need to have a party because they don't really comprehend the whole birthday idea. They have only had one party, I could just keep to the every-other-year tradition for them. No problem!

So there was the plan, we would just do a little cake for them. Unfortunately their birthday fell on a school day. Then they have two hours of speech therapy after school. We always have dinner as soon as therapy is over, around 6 p.m. It was just going to be too late to do anything special. Why not invite the Grubb family over? We get together on the weekends anyway, we will just wait and do pizza and cake with them then. Sounded like a great plan!

Thursday arrived and the guilt set in. I couldn't let their birthday go by without doing anything. Leigha and I stopped by the store and picked up the cake (pictured in previous post). Good, the birthday was legit!

Nicole, our old (young) nanny called to find out if we were going to do anything for them. I told her we were having pizza and cake if she wanted to come by. She had told me she wanted to if we were going to do anything. They were excited to see her. Then our next door neighbor came by with her 2.5 yr old daughter. She apologized and told me that her daughter had been making cake after cake and she just couldn't eat anymore. So the boys were able to celebrate their birthday, AGAIN! I put the candles on the cake so they could practice blowing the candles out. I told them that we were going to have a non-party (didn't want anyone thinking they had to bring gifts) on Saturday and they were more than welcome to join us.

On Saturday morning I was planning on running to the store to get a birthday cake. Then the thrifty side of me started messing around with my plans. I could go to Albertson's and pick up a nice, small birthday cake or I could go to Costco for a HUGE one for the same amount of money. What do you think I chose to do?

Off to Costco we went. Wait, I now have this humongous birthday cake with 10 people coming over. Surely I would need to have more people over to eat this cake. I then called Michele to see if she would like to bring her kids over (triplets+1) and my friend Sharon and her newborn daughter. Then I hadn't talked to my friend Brittany in awhile so I called her and told her that they were more than welcome to stop by anytime. They had just made plans with some friends to meet at a park, but they might stop by later.

If you came to my house, you would not believe that it was an impromptu party. However, when you have three moms who have triplets (and then some) the kids add up quickly. We had 11 kids between the three of us. How many people have had play dates with 5 or 6 moms attending? Did it look anything like this?


That's right, between 6 of us we had over 21 children there. So our non-party ended up having 13 kids and 1 baby in attendance. Not bad, huh? The best part about it-- I didn't have anything to stress about for weeks on end. I might do this next year, too!

The airplane was a definite hit!



Robert's not wasting any time, he's already taking an adorable girl on a ride!


Amanda, Sarah, and Ella


Gregory and Austin took care of my yard for me.


Noah and Jaxon started having car races down the slide.


That was much better than the BLUE sidewalk chalk in which he started with!


Tracy taught my boys how to draw using the bright blue sidewalk chalk. THANK YOU, TRACY!


Matthew enjoyed eating his pizza outside.


Before the non-party, my house was pretty clean! We still have all of the items from the entertainment center piled up in stacks in Leigha's playroom, but the rest was very clean. It didn't take long to look like this:


Sharon and Josilyn joined us for a preview of what it will be like a few years down the road.


Happy Birthday, for the third day in a row, Robert, Noah, and Matthew!


Matthew LOVES cake!


Robert and Noah


Lucas, Wyatt, and Jaxon ate their cake and decided it was time to fly off!


The boys loved having Nicole there. They especially loved their gifts, too! Talk about traffic jam in my kitchen.


Happy Birthday, Robert, Noah, and Matthew. It's hard to believe you all are three and starting school on Tuesday. Time sure flies by!

1 comment:

Tonya said...

I love the idea of a Non-Party! It looks like the boys had a blast. Happy Birthday boys! I can't wait to see them in a month and actually know who they are!