Thursday evening, we checked out Sustainival carnival. Sustainival is powered entirely by renewable energy: solar, wind, and biodiesel produced from waste vegetable oil. Taken from their website: "If we can produce a live event for 20,000 to 50,000 people where we can spin you and your friends in a Gravitron at 3x G-force on renewables, then we can do it for your village too. That was the basic premise. Now, throw in the Zipper, a Drop Tower, Electric Drift Trikes, and a Ferris Wheel for good measure, and pepper the whole space with educational games and brilliant interpretive street performances, and you’ve got a real show." London is finally able to ride on the majority of the rides on her own! Which saves me going around and around, ride after ride [I get extremely motion sickness] plus this girl has no fear! So proud. We went right after work/school and lucked out on everything not being busy. Actually, the entire time there London was the only one on the ride. All the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. London and her dad went on Bumper Cars and I got to enjoy the Drop of Fear with her. Yes, my almost 5-year-old, insisted we go
I think the hardest part about being a mom, is having friends who don’t understand, “being a mom”. The majority of the people in my life do not have kids which makes those friendships more difficult to maintain, than with the ones who do have kids. My mom friends are more understanding when we don't see each other often, and they expect delayed and sometimes forgotten responses. The ones sans-kids need to understand that I don’t have the flexibility to do dinner or a movie at the drop of a hat. People forget that just because my response is "I have London." it's not "no, I don't want too" or "no, I can't" - it means, I have London. So if you want to hang out there's obviously some guidelines and sometimes, they might need to settle on a visit rather than going out. I do see people from time to time. I actually have a pretty good social life being a single parent. It's an on-going joke that if you want to see me, you can visit me while I'm serving because that's sometimes the only "free time" I have. I do get invited to things too and I do feel
My best friend Kayla inspired me to do some self-evaluating a few weeks ago while she was talking about making a list. This list is compiled of '30 Things I'd Like To Do Before Turning 30'. I told her I was stealing this idea and doing my own list! Well luckily for me, I have 2+ years before I am 30 but as it's going right now, I have very little free time to think of anything other than London, work and more work
For the past few months, whenever London and I talk about her 4th birthday she's said "mommy, I want you to be happy when I am four." and I realized it was because I always told her I was sad she's growing up. With that being said, you can imagine the birthday weekend was a highly emotional one. I was holding back tears because I am so proud of the little human I've created. London is smart, caring, generous, feisty and just genuinely incredible. Every day I get to watch her grow and it blows my mind how. I think all moms have those moments when they feel like they aren't doing anything right; the days with the meltdowns, temper tantrums, the forgotten manners
Well, it's been announced & invites are officially out! This year, London asked for a "Batman Birthday". Which has me doing a lot of DIY - I found most of the décor from places such as Party City & Birthday Direct to be very masculine, and for a 4-year-old little girl, it had to be girly. ✓ Entertainment booked. This year I decided to try a face painter. The kids get to go home with something and it's also an activity to keep them busy. ✓ finished the birthday banner. ✓ Custom streamer. ✓ Menu planning. I'm currently working with my cake lady on designing a custom birthday cake. I need to finish up the gift bags. I will post the inspirations, as well as the actual décor after the party is over [I have to leave some excitement to the guests.] -32 days until the party.
A child's 1st Birthday is always the biggest. Your baby isn't a baby anymore. They are likely getting pretty independent by this point; they can move, they can eat and they can communicate [kind of]. For London's 1st Birthday, we had 3 separate parties - 1) Friends + Immediately family. 2) My family. 3) The in-laws. Total we had about 75 people between all 3 days. London's 1st Birthday was Sesame Street Themed. The biggest party was the friends + immediate family - which we rented out a banquet room at the Sands Inn and Suites to accommodate our larger guest count. It was also great because there was minimal clean up involved for us. We showed up, decorated, and enjoy ourselves while their catering team took care of food and beverages and clean up. Their culinary team put together some incredible platters in shapes of the Sesame Street characters. Now at this age, there isn't a lot of room for activities. Mainly because you cannot get one-year-old kids to sit and focus. We kept it simple with balloons and a ball pit. I've never seen kids have so much fun. The kids went home with some party bags from Party City -