I love to be crafty and creative. I’m all about trying new patterns on the sewing machine, making little hair bows for the girls and cooking up 20 pies twice a year. However, I am on board to STOP IT!
When did a birthday party or end of year celebration become a competition between the adults? The kids really don’t care! I know mine sure don’t. I’m sure some mom has made something fancier in her kitchen for her kid to take to school party. A husband has brought a better looking dish to the work potluck. Certainly someone else’s daughter has worn the side twist, double braid pony tail better than mine. BUT here’s the point I and the original poster are trying to make: the kids enjoyed the party, the potluck was a success (no leftovers is a great sign), and my daughter squeals with delight at her creative hairstyle. THIS is what matters, not who did it best. Just try toning down the competition a bit shall we?

The Accidental Missionary

I got home after midnight from a business trip last night. That’s probably why I didn’t notice it until the morning. This bag. Alone. On the kitchen table.

Moms bag

Normally, getting my kids to the breakfast table is like trying to coax a couple of cats into a swimming pool. As soon as they wake up, they hide under blankets on the couch and make strange noises. But this morning was a different story.

Audrey came out of the bedroom, wiped the sleep from her eyes, and went right to the table. She sat in front of the bag with a smile on her face.

“What’s the bag for?” I asked as I created my super-duper breakfast parfaits. Colorful layers of yogurt, fruit, and cereal.

“We got it for our end-of-year party yesterday.” She reached into the bag.

“What did you get?”

She started pulling out different items and commenting.


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