Isaak's friend birthday party was this Saturday.
Note to self: NEVER schedule a birthday party on Mother's Day weekend EVER again! I didn't even think about that.
I cleaned pretty much every night last week. Laundry was one night, floors were the next, dusting was another, and so on and so forth. Cleaning should be that way all the time. To be honest it usually gets saved for the weekend. In my mind since we work much of the time we're lucky we get mostly home cooked meals. I do keep up with the dishes. *See I'm trying to justify my sloppiness.
Friday night Daddy was working on an art project that he was accepted to for the whole month of May. *More on that later. The cleaning was mostly on me.
Saturday was Isaak's big day: His friend birthday party.
No one had RSVPed. I gave them my email, Daddy's cell phone #, and our home phone #. The school no longer gives out directories; due to privacy. Getting a hold of parents isn't the easiest thing.
Many true things in the US (in general):
- People just have trouble picking up the phone to RSVP.
- People are always busy.
- People don't give thank you cards.
- People sometimes just show up.
- They expect all their friends to come to their party.
- Most of their friends tell them that they are coming.
- They want the best birthday party ever.
What no one knows that day, is that I went into my room and cried for a brief moment. I don't know if I cried because I was sad for Isaak, maybe it was more because I was sad for society as a whole, or maybe it was a mixture of everything.
I couldn't help myself after seeing this:
I decided to put my big girl panties on, so to speak, and gave Isaak a gigantic hug. I said, "Honey if no one comes it's ok to be sad. Just remember that we will have a special day for you on your birthday, and a family birthday party. I will let you open up a gift from us today if no one comes. We will have brownies and ice cream." Then called 2 parents that I had numbers for.
One was coming, but was late. A sigh of relief. I thought they would come because Isaak had a play date with this kid before, and he said his mom said he could go. I just didn't know if they had forgotten. So...one person came. In this case I was soooo happy that his friend's sister, and her friend stayed to! The more the merrier! His friend's mom said that his friend had a birthday party that no one showed up to as well. She had a bounce house, and no one was there to enjoy it. :(
His friend with a Transformer mask on.
Isaak likes brownies way more than cake, so that's what we went with. Everyone asked for 2nds, so they got them. We had strawberries, carrots and lemonade to.
I did have games planned, but since there wasn't too many guests they just played. They had fun on our swing set. They loved their trinket of a Superman ring, and got way more candy than I wanted them to with limited people for the piñata.
Isaak got a Hot Wheels extension from his friend. They got the Hot Wheels stuff down, and happily played with that.
With the one kid showing up everyone was happy! :)
What do I do for next year?
Do I just have a few friends over to spend the night?
Do I try and have a friend party again?
Do I just stick with a family party?
Part of me wanted to have a big party for Mica this year at Hummel Park. It's a little ways away. There would be archery, and more, but I risk spending the money, and not having kids show up. If I invite everyone, then I might get too many people showing up when the limit is 20. I'm so in limbo.
What are your thoughts...