Happy Birthday Zane!

Four years ago today, I became a mother.

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Photo by: Jennifer Rice Photography

I think I was a mother in my heart for a long time before that. And I’ve been a kick-ass aunt for almost 13 years…

But I officially became a mother on June 20, 2013. Today, Zane turns four!

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Too excited to smile for the camera…

We already had a big party for him, which was a lot of fun! It was a Batman theme with the most amazing and delicious cake made by a friend of ours. We had a slip & slide and a pool, both ended up a dirty mess, but that’s okay. There were probably 50 people here, including about 25 kids. He got some wonderful gifts and had the best time playing with his friends and cousins.

I have a strange love for these big parties… They take a lot of work before, during and after. I had to clean my house and yard top to bottom. My husband smoked the most delicious pork shoulder for pulled pork sandwiches over night the night before. All the setup and decorating. During the party it’s a blur of kids wanting this or that, directing guests to the bathroom, finding towels, etc etc etc. Afterwards, of course, the cleanup. All that effort we put into getting everything looking good beforehand, and its all torn up (the outside anyway) in just a few hours.

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I’ve promised myself I will at least make a banner for each party. I am pretty happy with how this turned out!

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But the laughter… oh how I love the laughter! I’ll never forget Zane’s second birthday party, which was the first we had here at our house, when I was able to pause for a moment and look around my yard at all the children running around and laughing, just enjoying themselves at this party that I’ve put together. A yard full of children laughing. That’s my goal for all these parties. And I get it every time.

We don’t do games anymore. It’s too hard to get all the kids together. We do a pinata, and that’s it, and that’s plenty.

So all in all it was a great party! And today, on his actual birthday, we are taking him to see Cars 3. We’re dropping Laken off with his aunt to avoid another movie fiasco. I’m looking forward to having some quality time with him without having to worry about them fighting or any of that.

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