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My son has been planning his 6th birthday party since August when preseason football started and the Greenbay Packers hit the field.  I’m pretty sure you can guess he planned a…


My son wanted his Packer party to be a Packer vs. Viking party because his daddy is a Viking fan and he wanted the Packers to beat the Vikings.  Something I had no problem with:-)

I set to work transforming one of our dinning room walls into Lambeau Field’s scoreboard.

I hung 2 yellow table cloths from the ceiling and strung green and yellow balloons across the top.  My scoreboard is 2 pieces of black tagboard taped together and enhanced with pictures from Packer/Vikings games and the score reflected here is the score from the last game the Packers and Vikings played together (Wild card Packers vs. Vikings 2013).  I also made sure that the scoreboard proudley announced “Lambeau Field Home Of The Greenbay Packers” and their 13 World Championship Titles!!!

The table is set with a field goal post made from PVC and some of my Packer’s memorabilia, except the Packer helmet and that nifty Vikings’ hat with the Packer emblem, those are the birthday boys!

Featured on the left side of the cake table is an official NFL football, that awesome Vikings’ hat that just needed a Packer’s emblem, a copy of my Packers Stock Certificate, a sign I got while at my first Packer game at Lambeau Field and some cute little cupcakes with cake balls on top in the shape of footballs!

Better image of the cupcakes…

On the right side of the table is my Packer flag from when they won Superbowl XLV, my son’s Packer helmet, some Packer Yearbooks, Sports Illustrated, etc.  Also the passes from the tours my husband and I took of Lambeau Stadium and the invite for my son’s party lean against the soda bottle!

A close up of the invitation to the big event!  I made his invitations look like a ticket to a football game!

And the cake…

I should have taken a picture of all of the food but I didn’t and for that I apologize, but we celebrated football style and served up all sorts of football/appetizer type of foods.  Some of them I’ve blogged about in the past like jalapeno popper dip & layered taco dip.  In addition to these we had plain (for the kids) and BBQ cocktail weenies, fruit salad, chicen nuggets and lots of chips.  We also had green punch for the Greenbay Packers!

We were supposed to go outdoors and play a game of football but the day was cold and rainy so we didn’t get to and I had no back up plans as far as games go for this party but we had a lot of fun without games just hanging out with each other!

A few more fun pictures from his friend and family party, where he hit everyone up for money in hopes of getting a Kindle Fire…

His actual birthday when he got a big boy bike without training wheels, a bat for t-ball and some other small gifts, some play time at the park and then Dairy Queen!

And, yes, he got his Kindle Fire!!!

Happy Birthday, Pierce!  We love you so much!!!


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Mother’s Day is a fun day for me because it’s a day that’s all about me.  I get breakfast in bed, with a bouquet of dandelions and creeping charlie.  I get to do whatever I want, like take an hour-long bath then snuggle on the couch with my angelic offspring, while they shower me with hugs, kisses and “I love you’s”.  Usually we go mini-golfing or on a hike with a picnic lunch.

This year however I had to share Mother’s Day.  It wasn’t the first time and it certainly wont be the last.  Do I mind?  Not one little bit because the reason I have to share this day is one of the reasons I get to celebrate this day in the first place…

Five years ago, on a beautiful warm Mother’s Day morning, I sat in church rubbing my swollen abdomen.  I was 37 weeks along and I was thinking that my braxton hicks contractions felt a little stronger than normal and seemed to be coming at more regular intervals.

As the service was nearing an end and the tightening was intensifying I whispered to my husband, “I think we may want to go to the hospital after church.”

My husband looked at me with slightly wide eyes and said, “Do you need to go now?”

Since I’d already been through labor two other times I knew we were okay to stay for the remainder of the service, “No, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to meet this little one today,” I said with a smile.

After the service we collected our daughters from the nursery and kids church and made our way for the exit, which proved to be slow going.  This was my first time back in church since I was 20 weeks along, due to me going into preterm labor and having to be on bedrest.  There were a lot of people who were wondering how I was doing and why I wasn’t still on bedrest.  I assured them that I had made it past the critical stage and my doctor had told me I was okay to be out of bed now since it would be safe for my baby to be born now.  My husband or I never once mentioned or let on that we were heading to the hospital the moment we exited the building.

When we got to the hospital and were settled in my room, we found that I was already dilated to  six centimeters.  Things were a lot further along than I thought and I didn’t want my husband to have to try to keep our five-year-old and two-year-old occupied, I wanted him with me so I phoned my mother.

“Hey,” I said when she answered her phone.  “Happy Mother’s Day!  We wont be able to meet you guys to go mini-golfing now.”

“Why?” She asked.

“Because I am sitting in a hospital bed ready to have a baby.”

“What?!”  She exclaimed.

She and my dad came to the hospital to get our daughters and my husband I spent the next few hours alone waiting, waiting and waiting.

I asked my husband to grab a nurse and see if I could be taken off the monitors because I wanted to walk around for a bit, which she did and informed us that I was about eigh centimeters now.  I got out of bed thinking I had plenty of time to walk the halls, but we only made it about half way down the little O.B. hallway when I felt the urge to push.

Since we were near the nurses station, I looked at her and said, “I need to push.”

“Already?”  She snapped up, “That was fast.”

We walked back down the hall to the delivery room where she phoned my doctor to let her know it was time.  However, my doctor didn’t make it in time to deliver my baby.  Our nurse, Sue, had to step in because it was less than two minutes after that call to my doctor that I was holding my sweet baby boy in my arms.

That is the most wonderful Mother’s Day I’ve ever had and he is the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever received.

How can I mind sharing my special day every few years with him, since he’s one of the four reasons I get to celebrate this day anyway.

So since Mother’s Day also happened to be his birthday, he go to call the shots and when I asked him what he wanted to do on his birthday he said, “I want to do nothing and eat everything!”  Sounded good to me.  So since his birthday this year is pirate themed (his party is next Sat.) we had a Pirates Of The Caribbean movie marathon, opened presents…

ate lots of snacks like pizza, cheese popcorn and don’t forget the cake, after singing “Happy Birthday”, of course…

and were really lazy all day long.  Except for when we flew his new dragon kite (at least tried in the 1 mph wind)….

and jumped on the trampoline…

I don’t mind sharing Mother’s Day with my son every few years.  In fact I think it’s even more exquisite when I get to share it with him!

By the way I still got a wonderful breakfast and took a long hot bath in our new whirlpool bath in our future bedroom!!!

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