In my previous post, I wrote about how hard it was to accept that E is turning 7. Now that she is in fact 7, it is actually not that hard to grasp. Just the way she acts, so mature, such a big girl. Her reading skills are incredible. She surprises me every day with everything she does. Even though it is hard to believe that they tiny little brown-eyed baby I held not that long ago, is now 7, she sure reminds me every second that she is ready to be seven.
Every mom has trouble accepting that their babies are growing up. It is not a bad thing. It just shows how involved we are. Whether it is your son turning 30, your puppy turning 11, or your daughter turning 7, it is all so bittersweet. Where does the time go? When I really sit and think about it, I can remember where all these years went. Every moment, I have spent as a mom, is forever etched in my brain, and packed full of incredible moments and milestones.
I can remember the first moment I laid eyes on E, she was staring at me so contently, she knew I was her mom, and that I was going to take care of her forever. I remember when she signed her first word (milk), when spoke her first word, when she took her first step, the first time she tied her shoes, her first day of school. The 7 years may have flown by, but when they flew, they left so many amazing moments behind.
It is so true that you never understand how much your parents loved you, until you become one yourself. How this little person (or furbaby) can come into your life in an instant, and become your whole world. ………… I digress…………. Wasn’t I going to talk about E’s Party? And of course I just end up all emotional. Back to the party:
E’s party started out as being a pizza party at a restaurant, until she wanted a party at home, because she wanted decorations everywhere. She requested a Jungle Theme, with a coconut cake. After a trip to Party City, the Dollar Tree, and Walmart 3 times, we were able to concoct a Jungle Themed Party. I waited until E got home from school, so that she could help put up the decor. It turned out to be a Jungle Wonderland when we were done. With Zebra striped streamers, tiger striped balloons, Jungle Animal Pictures hanging from the ceiling, it really came together. She chose green and brown as her “Birthday Colors”, and after a trip to 3 different stores, I realized brown was not a popular plate or flatware color, we stuck with green.
At Party City, Baby C picked out the balloons and pinata. No E birthday party would be complete without a pinata, so we kept it as a surprise. We filled the pinata with raisins, gummy snacks, and toys. I wanted to keep it candy-free, but still an exciting pinata. Because it was candy-free, the kids were crazy over the raisins When Matty pulled the pinata out of the closet, E had a look on her face similar to the ones of those who win cars on The Price is Right. E was E-cstatic!
Matty granted E’s wish of Chinese Food at her Jungle Party, while I came through with the Coconut Cake. The food and cake were incredible. The cake was a coconut pudding cake, filled with peach-mango marmalade, it made my taste-buds dance! Matty made two kinds of stir-fry, while his mother provided the most amazing egg rolls I have ever eaten. The food was all a huge hit. The birthday girl was happy.
Baby C loved his sister’s party as much as she did. I am pretty sure he hoped the party would be a daily thing from now on. He is still playing with the balloons every waking moment, and the decorations all almost all up still. I think I will save them for the next Jungle Party By the end of the party, Baby C was pooped……..