So my big weekend plan was to make the kids pick up the house so I can clean for next weekend's birthday party. The first order of business was to finally put away the Christmas decorations, but unfortunately some children playing mountain goats in the storage room created a serious avalanche. Fortunately, the only casualty was mommy's patience. Putting everything away with the room in that state would have ended up resembling the Grinch's sleigh after he stole Christmas and I just couldn't. I will spare you the long, mommy-yelling, kid-crying details, and just tell you that while the other 10 rooms in my house are still a disaster, my storage room is utterly immaculate!
I am sure we will manage to get things in so-so order throughout the week. In the end, I will shut the door to our frat house (aka downstairs kid's) bathroom and take pictures of the kids' rooms so that when they later claim their rooms were pretty clean until their cousins showed up, I will have proof that they weren't. I will get the upstairs bathroom in eat-off-the-floor condition to make up for everything else I don't get done. I will probably forget to buy something important for the party, I won't create pin-worthy cakes and decorations, I won't send every kid home with fifteen bucks in party favors, and there will only be a small need-not-want gift from me.
So do I feel like a failing, horrible mom for throwing such lame, uneventful birthdays? No, and here's why:
My girls will be happy and thankful for the blessings of a perfectly, simple birthday party because they are aware that they have more than most children in the world, and if they have forgotten that, it will be a great opportunity to teach them about thankfulness again.
I am the mother of seven children ranging from teens to a toddler, living out in the middle of nowhere, USA. I aim to hone the craft of giving advice without pretending to have this whole mom thing figured out. I am Christian, but not the really nice kind that is good at it. I am also conservative, but I promise not to be in your face with political agendas very often. I like to infuse humor into my writing, so don't freak out if you are offended or appalled by what you read here. There is a very fine line between serious advice and sarcastic hyperbole.