Where has the time gone?! Seems like just yesterday I was trying cloth diapers for the first time, while my sister in law was convincing me to start a blog about our crazy life. Putters was 5 months old….
Yesterday we celebrated her 5th! birthday!
And we were reminded once again of what a great community we have moved to.
I was a little concerned being away from old friends and family that no one would show for her party, but amazingly, I think we had more guests yesterday then any other party we have had.
Her best friend came. That friendship amazes me. She met a little girl that lives a couple blocks away just after we moved in. They act like they have known each other forever. Putters doesn’t use her friends name when she talks to her, she just calls her “Friend.” When I ask her if she remembers her name, she says it but then says but I call her Friend because that is what she is. I love it.
We didn’t have a lot of money to spend on this birthday what with moving in costs and needing to buy things for the house but I think we did ok. Since it’s July and one of the things on her birthday wish list was a “real live army man” we went with a red, white and blue theme where we could.
While we didn’t have a ton of decorations or balloons etc. we had a great cupcake stand. Little Mama pulled out her bakers hat and created these Smore’s cupcakes. There is a graham cracker crust at the bottom, then chocolate cake mix half way, about a tablespoon of marshmallow cream then more cake mix. Topped with a basic rich chocolate frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles, they were amazing!
Shh, don’t tell but I even ate one for breakfast. After I licked the frosting off, it became a muffin and those are healthy, right?
We set up her little child sized table to hold her presents. Which we wrapped in brown paper cut out from paper bags and decorated with Sharpie Markers because I forgot to buy wrapping paper. She wants to save all the wrapping because she loves them…
Her gifts almost all came from Family Dollar, my new addiction and we spent less then $50 on not only the presents but all the white paper plates, red cups and blue forks. And we have a ton of those left over because they all came in huge amounts for $2-3 a package.
Her birthday wish list included: hot dogs, chips and soda, a hat like Daddy’s, a squirt gun bigger then her brothers, a unicorn, a Pegasus and a real live army man.
She got: a cute little ‘paint your own’ tea set, a huge squirt gun, some googles (Daddy got her a wading pool and our wonderful neighbors bought us a summer pass for the city pool for all the kids who have summer birthdays) a couple My Little Ponies, some new clothes and a brand new Carhartt hat, with the tag still attached (that I found at the thrift store and put in a bag of clothes during their $2 bag sale).
I also found a crystal punch bowl and lots of matching little crystal cups at the thrift store that were included in the bag sale. I made a giant red, white and blue float with little scoops of vanilla ice cream, frozen blueberries and red cream soda with the punch bowl.
One of our friends is in the National Guard and headed to Afghanistan early next year and he came so she even got her real live army man.
For the meal we served hot dogs we found at the store for 10/$10 and some chips, a friend brought his grill and on the invites we added “Bring a sidedish for some potluck fun”. We wound up with way more food then we could all eat and every one had a blast.
All the kids played in the wading pool with our bath toys and the puppy and no one said a thing about playing any games or being bored.
We had some great fellowship, lots of fun, fed almost 30 people and she got lots of presents all for less then $75.
Now I am on to the prepping for Juice Boxes 9th Birthday, he wants to go camping at Mt. Rushmore…