Friday, September 20, 2013

We caved

Dear faithful readers,

It's official. My kid is the proud holder of a brand new cell phone.  I fought the temptation and his pleas for months but I could hold out no longer.  It took much more convincing for Gage because Mr. Context is a firm believer in "the good 'ole days" and the importance of healthy communication.

After many MANY discussions on this matter, the giant middle school and even larger high school football games that have made their way into our lives have proven their point. We need quick and easy texts messages just to know where our kid is more often than not.  It's overwhelming but it's our life now and I better get used to it.

Since we decided the extra phone line was a must, we also decided that we might as well go big or go home.  SOOOO....

On this significant day in our lives and in the world of technology, allow me to introduce the iPhone 5C. It's plastic and pretty and marketed towards clumsy spoiled teenagers.  Damn you, Apple, and your genius ways.

Sammy sold his iPod to pay for the phone itself and wants to babysit Stella to earn a taste of our shared data.  As of right now, it's WiFi only, kiddo.

I still can't believe I'm even old enough to deal with cell phones and high school football games. Probably because I'm not.  I don't know anyone else my age that acts like a complete lunatic on Friday nights at Millard West football games because they are trying to find their kid in a sea of inappropriateness.  Half naked middle schoolers covered in body paint with their faces buried in their iPhone is not what I signed up for at age 31.

Even though I've lived in Millard for 7 years now, I'm a born and raised South-O girl.  I'm still adjusting to this part of town where streets are named after men with unfortunate names like "Harry Anderson" and "Bob Boozer."  Well played, Millard. Well played.  Don't think I didn't notice the irony.

The good news is that I find myself praying 24/7 that I don't screw up my kid.  I admire the person he is and I KNOW it's not because of who I am.   God gave me this life and He has my back.  I find comfort in knowing that.

Pretty sure he's telling his first phone call (grandma) that his mom is being niiiice and embarrassing.

We have lots of rules with the new phone so pending our approval, you can follow the journey a little closer on Instagram.  We let Sammy and Holly both get accounts this summer and they have proven to be very responsible and respectable.  And funny.  I love funny.

They change their user names like every 4 seconds but if you hurry, this is what they are right now:

Sammy @sammyc44
Holly @rainbowloomholly

Thanks for reading.

AKA too young for this crap

Monday, September 9, 2013

Golden Birthday Celebration

When I asked Holly a month ago what she wanted for her birthday, she said "only a limousine."  Even though I laughed when she put in her request, I'm glad we made it happen.  Holly never did care a whole lot for the presents but the party means everything to her.  The girl knows how to party.   It was a spectacular memory.  Mission accomplished.

The party went a little something like this...

The first step was to line up the limo.  We then created a guest list, sent out the invites, ensured we had extra help to make the party happen and started the planning.  BTW, this was my first time using Evite and I would totally do it again.

Step two:  Party favors.

We got plastic champagne glasses from the dollar store, covered the stems in craft glue and threw a ton of glitter on them.  Once they are a teeny tiny bit dry, just spray the crap out of the glitter with hairspray.  I thought of that all on my own and was ridiculously proud of myself.  Not a drop of glitter fell off.  It pays to be a dance mom.

We then wrote names on the glasses with glitter glue and it took forever to dry.  Tie a string around it and call it good.

Side note:  Only the birthday girl gets gold glitter.  Duh.

Step three:  The scavenger hunt.

We came up with 4 stops that the limo would take us on.  We split up into 3 teams and each stop came with instructions.  They had to find items starting with H, O, L, L, and Y along with nine 9-letter words and a list of random items.  They were very creative and it was hilarious to watch.

Only downfall of the scavenger hunt was the 100 degree weather.

The winning team at each stop got to have their presents opened in the limo.  It was a super fun reward and the girls got so excited to have their groups presents revealed.  Once the hunt was over, we opened the losers last group of presents and headed downtown.  We went down the big slides and toasted to the birthday girl!  It was a blast!

On the way back from the last stop, Holly passed out our last minute party favors.  The morning of the party, we decided to make quick and cute headbands for all the guests.  While they DID turn out super adorable and were crazy easy, I would recommend starting them at least one day prior.

After a great day of parties yesterday, today was filled with quality time for Holls.  Her favorite thing.  She didn't have to convince me too hard to play school with her even though she took my cell phone away because I abused it during school hours. 

She insisted on this picture so I could see her new shoes.  And obviously a leg tilt was the only way she could do that.
 There is no way we will be able to top this birthday so hopefully these memories will last.  It was one for the books.  I love my birthday girl who loves her birthday more than any other day ever. 


Holly Kay Kay-

Today you are 9.  It's your golden birthday!  You only get one of those in a lifetime.  I love how much you love your birthday.  It only makes sense considering how much you love living.  In fact, your most recent goal is to live to see triple digits.  You would be one awesome 100 yr old lady!  Your family would be so lucky to keep you for that long.  I have no doubt that you will enjoy every second of your last year in the single digits.

I don't think you know how funny you are yet but someday you will realize it.  You have the very best sense of humor and you make us laugh all the time!  Sometimes I wish I was as funny as you.  Your quit wit and dry humor are a solid combination.  People just love you, Holly.  You're super easy to love. 

Your heart is precious and you love your people with every ounce of your being.  You are kind and empathetic and your friends are so lucky.  You are definitely an includer and I admire that quality in you.   You love Jesus and receive His love over your life daily.  You are committed to Him.  I can see it through your life and I hear it in your heart when you ask me about Him.   At such a young age, your heart is so mature.  You beg me to take you to India or Costa Rica or any 3rd world country on a consistent basis.  Even though I would much rather go to Disney World, I LOVE that your heart is pulling you to the nations.

You are so talented and special, Holly Kay.  I love being your mom!  Happy birthday, my sweet girl!