Let’s start with the good stuff.
It has been beautiful outside for the past few days. We’ve been playing in the yard, taking walks, and enjoying not wearing our coats. It finally feels like spring. Only a teeny, tiny bit of snow in the backyard. Aaaaah.
No for the not so good stuff.
Remember in my last post how I said I wasn’t doing much for my husband’s birthday? Well, that’s where the disaster begins. Let me offer some party planning tips for your (and my) future party success.
1. Instead of inviting people via Email, Facebook, and Evite, just chose one platform. I will be going with an Online invitation like Evite from now on. It was so hard to keep track of who was coming, and who had what account, I probably forgot someone along the way…the one thing I was trying to avoid.
2. When having a gathering at a bar, call ahead and reserve a table or two. Since my crystal ball was a little foggy, I didn’t know the Wisconsin Badgers would be playing in the NCAA’s final four game, which, of course, was on the same night as my husband’s party. I also didn’t realize the bar we were going to had turned into a “sports bar,” as had every bar in Wisconsin on Saturday night. When we couldn’t find parking at a local, corner bar at 7pm, I should not have been surprised at the sea of Badger Fans that greeted us when we walked into standing room only.
3. When you don’t go out very often (or not at all) do not try to do a million things before you go out to celebrate your husband’s birthday. Instead, sleep in, if you can. Eat regular meals. Take a nap with your kids.
4. Do not color your hair in your bathroom the morning of the party. The dark roots and grey strands are better than stripey orange.
5. Do not freak out that you have nothing to wear, and run to the mall in a panic a half hour before you’re supposed to be at a Twin’s Club event, and find nothing anyways causing you to skip lunch. Skipping one meal will not help you fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes.
6. Remember that even though you want to be supportive of clubs/groups you belong to, it’s ok to say no sometimes. Especially when you are exhausted and anxious about your first adult gathering since you can’t remember when.
7. When you get to dinner, even though you haven’t eaten, slow down. Eating too fast will only cause you to eat way too much because you don’t give your body a chance to feel full.
8. Anxiety from rushing around and wanting your husband to have a good birthday combined with bad eating habits and terrible acid reflux results in nothing good.
9. Sitting in bed at 8:30 on a Saturday night with your 4 year old after getting sick is a waste of a good babysitter.
I’ve definitely learned my lesson, and I am going to put it into practice for the March for Babies/Twins’ 2nd birthday party. Stay tuned.