It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.
Elinor Goulding Smith
My little Ebay will be turning 18 in just a couple of weeks and I’m having a problem.
It’s actually not what you think. I’m not having a problem with my youngest boy entering the magical land of “legal-adultness.” I guess because I’ve already had to deal with first-born son Superdude, turning 21…what’s 18 when you already have a kid old enough to purchase alcohol legally?
No, the problem is that Ebay is turning 18 – kind of a milestone, and I am completely blanking on any kind of birthday celebration idea. As my boys have grown up, we’ve always had fun with birthdays and we’ve had some great parties over the years. Here are some of my favorites.
CAT/DOG PARTY: When Ebay was a little guy he went through a phase when he just couldn’t be bothered to speak to people and would…well…meow instead. In honor of this anti-social animalistic behavior we had a Cat/Dog party. The young guests were provided with either cat or dog ears and nose and served cookies in the shape of dog biscuits and fish served in animal-type food bowls on the floor. I can’t quite remember what the games were, but I remember that it was a fun party.
COWBOY PARTY: This one was for Ebay too. The kids made their own stick horses and then we had a rodeo in the back yard complete with cardboard box cows that we would rope and rustle. Then of course we cooked hot dogs over a fire in the sand pit and had IBC Root beer in those old fashioned brown bottles.
HOTEL POOL PARTY: This one was for Superdude in about 5th or 6th grade I think and was probably one of my favorites. We rented a room at a local hotel with a swimming pool (the La Quinta in Orem I think). Super dude invited his three best friends and they all went to have sleep-over at the hotel. They swam in the pool, ate pizza in the room and jumped on the hotel beds. Then Mommy went home and the boys stayed in the room with Dad to watch videos and maybe even …sleep (or not).
As I’ve mentioned before, Superdude was smart enough to have his birthday coincide with the ultimate party day (New Year’s Day) so as he grew up, having parties for Superdude is pretty easy and kind of came with the territory at that time of year.
Ebay’s birthday has always been a little harder at this time of the year – still good because at least the weather is starting to be nicer, but not as automatic as a New Year’s Party if you know what I mean. We’ve had a lot going on lately too with the cruise and everything– plus I’m taking a really hard (for me at least) math class and my brain is just completely full of trying to remember how to solve for X. So now Ebay is quickly approaching the big One-Eight and I got nothing - No ideas at all, or at least no good ones. It is easier having teenage birthday parties because it can be as easy as putting food out and then getting out of the way. But I would like to up the stakes just a little bit for the 18th birthday. Something cool but not too expensive? Something fun but not too juvenile? Something memorable but not too messy?
Something cool but not too expensive? Something fun but not too juvenile? Something memorable but not too messy?
So what do you think everybody…any ideas?