Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We just gotta do it

Our family (my sisters and I) - we kind of have an over doing it disease. Like, all four of us. We can't help ourselves. I don't know what it is and I can't explain it. It doesn't make us unhappy...a little crazy perhaps and sometimes more stressed than is likely healthy but we're just "doers" & "goers". I sometimes get the impression that friends don't understand it and husbands often give us grief over it but it's they way we've all always been and likely always will be. It makes me feel better to know that the world needs people like us because listen: if you want gals who get things done - hit up our family because we'll make stuff happen! I'm not tooting a horn, I'm just keepin' it real. We've got plenty of faults but being lazy? Nope - not here. Anyhow, this "disease" infects all areas of our lives. Even birthday parties. Remember though, that I said we aren't unhappy. All you people who are Pinterest-haters and poke endless amounts of fun of people who move their elf every night of December and have lots of matchy matchy bday parties - hear this: I ENJOY EVERY MINUTE AND SO DO MY SISTERS. SERIOUSLY! We have lives and we love our kids and we aren't trying to buy affection or do nothing but plan parties. We still cook dinner and spend time with our kids and keep the house clean while getting paper cuts from die cut party decor. So: when you hear us say we're not really doing anything big or going all out. It's bull crap. My sister Melissa was no exception to this when she said she was going to do something for Declan but try not to spend too much money or go "all out" for his 3rd birthday party. Pssshhhttt. His party was ridiculous. So creative, so fun, so cute and most importantly - he was king for the day. King of his Construction themed birthday party complete with an actual piece of equipment being pulled up in his driveway for all the kids to try. Crazy. Crazy awesome! See for yourself! 

 These shirts were almost the death of her but they turned out so cute and my kids wear them like crazy - they are so cute. Each kiddo has their own little custom construction wardrobe addition :). 

 Oh this kid - so stinking cute! 
 The highlight of the party!
 Melissa and Steve have a friend who owns a construction company and they "called in a favor". What an awesome favor they did! Declan was SOOOO stoked, can you tell? 
 The party guests' and their parents were all transfixed! 

 The birthday boy got the first shot at operating but all his guests were allowed a turn too. 

 Even some of the adults got in on the action. So funny!

 Such a fun birthday for a big boy. 3 years. Our kids are growing up. Waaahaaa. 
Moments like these I'm just grateful beyond words that we get the privilege of living near one another. I've been here for every birthday celebration this boy has had and I can't imagine it any other way. Thankful I don't have to. 


  1. I'm so glad I'm not alone. I often hesitate to post photos on social media from my parties because of comments I've received, but like you, I LOVE every second of party planning and doing. I think most people think I'm lying. Haha!!

  2. Such an adorable theme!!! And I am glad you "go all out" because it makes me not feel so bad about loving to go all out for my kids. Phew. Got that out of my system.

    Hello. My name is Janine. And I am a go-all-out party planner for my toddler's birthdays. (even though I, too, say I won't do a big party "this time")

    Now that I've gotten this out of my system, I have to say I love every bit about these party details. And Declan is getting so big! WOW! So cute, too! :)

  3. Erica Sellers ThetfordJune 20, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    I am not one of the all out people, it stresses me more than I enjoy it... BUT, my mom and sister LOVE it and want to do it, so I let them. I felt guilty about it for the first party but by the second, I'm ok with it! Lol