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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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Emotional?  Me?  Never!Lord help me to remember it's only but a moment that they are little and mine.

Okay…so maybe a little bit.  Okay, a lot.  And there are very few things that make me more emotional than the four times a year that I celebrate my children’s birthdays.

Two year celebrations have always been the hardest for me.  When my youngest turned two this January, it was Niagara Falls around here.  I cried the whole week before and after her birthday.  I barely let her out of my sight, or arms for that matter.  I just needed to hold on to her little baby body as long as possible.

I napped with her every day the week of her birthday, though sleeping was only done by her.  I spent the time crying as I held her little body as close to mine as I could and looked at each chubby little finger and reminisced over how tiny they were two years ago.  As I smoothed my hand over her blond curls that use to be downy soft and brown I thought of how much smaller her little head seemed in my hand two years ago.

It wasn’t just with her that turning two proved to be difficult on my heart-strings. It was this way with all of my children’s second birthdays.  It marked them being a kid.  No more shopping for clothes by months.  It was now 2T’s.  T means toddler, which means they aren’t baby’s anymore.  They are miniature little people who run around and become too busy to snuggle like they once use to.  Passing that baby phase has always been a bit depressing for me.

The rest of the birthday’s have passed by fine, maybe a few tears shed, because they are a little older but, all in all, much better than second birthday’s.  I can do any other age without feeling like my heart is tearing out of my chest.  That was until yesterday when…

My oldest daughter turned ten!  Did you catch that? TEN!!! 1-0!!! She now has two digits in her age.  She will have the same number of digits in her age as I do for the rest of her life (unless she or I to live to be 100).  She is definitely not a baby anymore.   She’s close to being a teenager!

As I watched her yesterday, and this weekend while we were shopping at Mall Of America, I realized what a young lady she has become.  She’s at the age now where she cares about fashion, she wants to pick out her own clothes, do her own hair, paint her own nails, and be a grown up.  She has more in-depth conversations and looks upon things with more maturity.  My husband told me last night that when he and she were at lunch (He always picks them up from school on their birthday’s and treats them to lunch at a place of their choosing.) he too noticed how mature she suddenly seemed.   It’s so hard to watch her become more and more like an adult(said with a whimper).

My 10-year-old trying to teach my two-year-old how to blow a bubble this weekend! Fun times! Click this image to bring you to "Ten Ways To Love Your Ten Year Old". Has some great ideas to show your preteen you love her!

However, this coming of age is also fun.  She’s able to hold her own against her dad while playing Play Station games.  One of her goals is to be as good as him or better one day soon.  She can joke around with us at a different, older, level.  She’s starting to have a desire to sew and cook, which is fun because I get to share with her these things that I enjoy doing, and have some good conversations with her at the same time.  I’m able to watch some “clean” chick flicks with her now and it’s fun to laugh along with her as we watch a movie that isn’t a cartoon or other “kid friendly” movie.  She wants to be one of the adults now, which means she can scrabble it up with us or play aggravation and she’s good at it too!

Shopping with her this weekend was a lot of fun.  It was the first time that she was interested in clothes, jewelry and things that I myself would buy, rather than toys or kids stuff.  She really enjoyed this weekend also and requested that just she and I go on a little shopping trip with all her birthday money.  Mmm-hmm, my heart swelled with joy at that request.  What fun, me and my girl shoppin’ ’til we drop!

Admittedly, yes, it’s hard as each year speeds by faster than the last, and my children become more and more independent.  Watching them grow and mature into independent young women and men is extremely hard for emotional mothers such as myself.  However, each stage brings new joys.  There are fun and exciting things about each age and phase they pass through.  Reminiscing can be good and fun but I know that I need to learn to not be sad that time has passed by, but to live in the moment that is before me.  Not to look back on what was nor look forward to what will be, but to enjoy each of my children where they are at now.

Someone once told me that our job as a parent is to work ourselves out of a job.  Crazy isn’t it?  That basically, as a parent, your working yourself towards unemployment.  After all, every chick has to leave the nest eventually.  However, I hope to not be completely “out of a job”.  There are times that I still need my mama and I hope that all of my kids will still need their mom at times too.  I know that I’ll always need them.

Love my kids!

Love this saying, and so true!

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