I have this song from the Sound of Music stuck in my head. Maria is singing to Captain VonTrapp about her disbelief that something so good (him being in love with her) could have happened to her. It's stuck there because pretty often as a parent, I feel like I am just scraping by. I feel adequate; like getting the kids to the end of the day with no disasters is about all I can reasonably expect. I've set the bar pretty low for myself.
But every once in a while, something happens that makes me feel like Maria. Something reminds me that somewhere in raising my children, I must have done something right. Because when I asked Frances what she wanted to do for her birthday, she told me she wanted to do 10 good deeds, just like I had done. (I'll post her list tomorrow).
We talked further and she said she wanted to collect pet items for Cat's Cradle and the SPCA as well as baby blankets for a local women's shelter. So the invitations went out with a note that in lieu of gifts, she was collecting these donations.
I planned the party for an indoor mini golf range. The price was great and it meant I wouldn't have to clean the living room! That's a win-win for me, for sure!! Frances didn't ever give me a very clear idea for her cake, so I made it a surprise and I'm pretty sure she liked it.
Frances opened her gifts, which mainly consisted of pet food, animal toys and baby blankets. She also got some diapers and wipes. Have you ever seen a 10-year old so happy to get diapers for her birthday!?!