This is going to be a pretty generic post because, honestly, it was a pretty generic Minecraft Party. This summer I’m having trouble getting anything done. There is SO much to accomplish that it’s overwhelming and quite frankly we don’t know where to start. We’re just going to have to start, I guess, but it seems like the daily stuff (garden, hay, kids, family, dishes, dishes, dishes…) already have us busy. This past week seemed even more overwhelming, though. I mentioned in the sidebar that my friend was in an accident, and although with a little therapy I know she’ll be at least OK physically, she lost her spouse and I’m terribly sad for her. I can’t say that I’ve invested a lot of time in that direction or that the situation is 100% responsible for my current lack of ambition, but it’s certainly been one of those weeks when I can’t seem to focus.
We wanted to do something but had no idea what, and my mom, my husband, and my oldest all almost simultaneously reminded me of a corn husk doll I had made her once as a thank you when she had done something kind for me. She to this day mentions it occasionally (generally after she dusts) and it always seems to remind her that she’s appreciated and loved so even though I always feel juvenile giving a doll, I make them with love and my kids were eager to help me with this one (it was Monday evening and I wanted to give it to her Tuesday.) We all worked together and I truly hope she is reminded of our friendship and how I can’t wait until she’s home from the hospital and we can sit at the kitchen table and gab again, and my kids have been so worried about her and can’t wait to see her, either! With that done nothing else seemed near as important. But anyway, I was cleaning and trying to get the ant situation under control while the kids were gone one day and thought maybe if I invited people over I would be more likely to get some things done. This is the first year I haven’t started planning a party for him months ago, and I was already feeling sort of bad, so I thought maybe having a few friends over would buy his forgiveness. I was lucky enough that my son’s best friend and sister with their mother, and also another of his classmates (a girl he’s known since preschool) and her brother with their mom were all able to come during the day Friday. I stopped the invites there cause that already (me and mine included) made 7 kids and three woman, which I thought was comfortable for a day party. Neither women had ever been over before and I was just sure with this new motivation I was really going to move and impress the heck out of them, but lucky for me they’re both beautiful souls who didn’t care what was piled behind the couch, or why my laundry room door was as good as super glued closed.
So getting back on track, the week leading up to the event was full of good intentions, but my husband was on vacation and I really didn’t get anything done. Wednesday was his last day off and he wanted to take a ride out to his old stomping ground, so the grass didn’t get mowed and we killed two kittens when we left (they were in the wheel wells, I guess). That was a big deal, and in an effort to cheer up my oldest I roped myself into actually throwing a birthday party instead of just having friends over. So, there we were at midnight (he came out of bed crying over the kittens and broke my heart) scrolling through Pinterest when he caught sight of all the minecraft goodies and that was that. Thursday at the store I grabbed some party pizzas and anything I thought looked “minecrafty” and promptly returned home with a big ‘ol pack of card stock, some full sheet labels
(sticker paper) and some fresh ink cartridges and hit print fifty thousand times. What we ended up with was a pretty cool banner via The Party Animal, a million different paper craft guys and blocks from a million different places but mostly from pixelpapercraft.com. I made a silly kind of game turning some minecraft blocks into dice using the ingredients to craft a cake instead of numbers. We made enough copies for each child to have their own crafting table and printed the ingredients to stick over the spots on sticker paper so as they rolled the dice they collected what they needed to make “cake”. I also printed sticker sheets to make minecraft worlds, which my son helped to cut out a million little blocks and was super excited for that part (but we didn’t even do it)! That was thanks to Frugal Family Times…you know what…she’s had two incredible minecraft parties and offers loads of ideas and printables so if you want anything then you should check it out!! She’s super generous sharing the time she spent, and as you’ll see in just a sec (this isn’t long winded at all, huh?) our party turned out to be more friends hanging out with minecraft stuff around.
So, I could go on and on about all the little things that went wrong this past week, but I’ll stick with the party related ones. So I’ll start with Thursday, cause that was the first day (It was after midnight Wed.) I realized I was actually having a birthday party.
I stepped on a bee Thursday morning and the whole ball and top of my foot swelled, so I was having a touch of trouble walking. You know how the weather always says a chance of rain, but seldom does it? Well, it doesn’t until you’re going to get party supplies then it pours as soon as you get to the Dollar Tree’s parking lot. Then you run and you’re flip-flop completely breaks sending you flying forward like a super awkward swan barely catching yourself on your swollen foot before you realize everyone else is still in their vehicles, watching you look like an idiot in the rain. Well, for me anyway that’s what happens. I got through the store and grabbed another pair of flops, but they didn’t make it through the evening at home before they did the same stinkin’ thing. A dollar…what do you expect? So anyway, we made dinner, pretended to clean the house, printed a bunch of stuff, cut a bunch of stuff, made a spider decoration out of the only black balloon, promptly popped it, remade a spider with a yellow balloon wrapped in a black trash bag, and it was super late when I baked two square cakes to make a “creepers” face (green icing and Hershey’s bars for the facial features), which I put off icing until the next day. The next morning I got up and was trying to sweep the floors (yes I way overslept…got up at nine with everyone coming at 11:00), when I got to the kitchen I was met with half a cake’s worth of crumbs on the floor. Yes, I forgot to feed the twins. So they fed themselves…cake. So, I baked some brownies and calmed my oldest as the
sky apparently broke rain began and very quickly turned our driveway into a river. He was convinced that no one was coming out in the rain, and any second the phone would start ringing with apologies and reschedules. Finally a vehicle pulled into my drive, and all my kids started running around and celebrating until we realized they were just sitting at the end of my drive. Which is also when I realized that his friend’s mom was probably trying to call my cell-phone (which was in my truck) to make sure she was at the right place before she drove all the way back our drive. We waved our arms from the porch, I ran out in the driveway waving my arms like a maniac but she couldn’t see us through the rain. We turned the lights off and on like morse code, back to the porch…the driveway…until I finally decided I was going to have to run the hundred feet to the truck and I was already soaked anyway. So there I went, for a second…then I hit a patch of mud and my feet went somewhere over my head!! My son was laughing so hard he could hardly breathe enough to tell me, “Here they come!” So there they were. There I was covered in mud. I excused myself and changed into my favorite comfy Kermit the frog shirt and black sweatpants and did not care what I looked like. Our other guests arrived within a minute or two and turns out nobody else cared what I looked like either. Nor did they care what my house looked like. It was so nice to have friends only. I’m glad my son picks good friends that come from moms that I can be friends with, too! The kids played so well that before we knew it they had been there four hours already and it was time for the daddies to come home so we wound it down. So all in all we ate pizza, the rain broke and we took a nice walk together and picked raspberries along the way, ate cake, forgot to eat ice cream, played and gabbed. Good food, good fun, good friends who drove through flooded roads they didn’t know because they know what it is to disappoint a child. Treasured Chaos.
Quick Note: That stack of printables we didn’t even mess with at the party have been keeping my kids busy all day, and they are having a blast playing with the guys and blocks!!
Also, I got stung again this evening. This time in the ankle of the same foot as the first time. I’m swollen clean up to knee now. Yay!