Someone's turning 7 tomorrow. And boy howdy is that "someone" ever excited about it. She's got us all whipped into shape on how her party will run and on what we're supposed to do and when we're supposed to do it. You should have seen her telling us how to maneuver our trip to Walmart tonight since she was there (she had to pick out the perfect High School Musical piñata) but she wanted to be surprised by the gifts the other kids were getting for her.
Here's her shopping list: (I personally like the "lots and lots of candy" part...do you think we'll have enough sugar tomorrow?)
She decided she'd make all her own invitations last week. I thought she'd do one, get sick of it, and let me help her print out the rest on the computer. But no, she stuck with it and made up 16 individual invitations all by herself. I LOVE that they say "Yaa!" on the front. She decided she would only invite girls this year which makes me a little sad since she's got some of the darn cutest boy friends around, but I'm letting her totally run the show.I've been thinking how great it is that she's planning all this out...great initiative...great delegating...she's learning some important skills. But in my heart I'm a little sad. First of all, what happened to my little girl needing me? And what happened to that mom who thought of these really creative ideas every year and came up with cute invitations and actually sent them in the mail instead of scrambling around to deliver the last four the day before the party? (Grace rode her bike around with her little bright red cheeks as she huffed and puffed around the neighborhood and delivered the first 12 last week in the 110 degree weather.) What happened to that mom who spent hours hovering over a big red Elmo cake she felt the urge to make for her two-year-old? Am I just a different mom now? Is life just too busy? Am I not allowing myself to "be still" enough? Am I not putting my priorities in the right order?
I think not. Because you know what? I don't think Grace could be more excited about this party if I hired the whole High School Musical cast to come swim with her and her friends (ok, maybe I'm going a little far to assume that much). But I'm telling you, she is one excited girl to take this over herself. And if that's what makes her happy, I'm all for it.