Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Carnage from Two-Song-Singing-Hannah Festivities

By now you're probably tired of hearing about my baby who just turned six, so I'll try to keep this brief. For her birthday, Stinkerbell requested a Hannah Montana party, and after denying my girls the opportunity to dress up as Two-Song-Singing-Hannah for Halloween, I figured using it as a lame party theme would be okay. Sort of the lesser of two evils.

So here was the party invite. It's all Hannah, but with Stinkerbell's picture instead of Hannah-Miley-Whatever. I don't know why I'm so cranky about Hannah, it could be worse. I'll take Hannah-Miley-Whatever over Britney Spears any day.

Anyway, I really was going somewhere here. We got a little crazy and invited Stink's whole class. Eeek! Thankfully the class is smallish since it is Kindergarten. I think I got daring because we decided to have the party at one of those kid places where they get to run around and scream their heads off. The kind of place where you can't leave without a sensory overload headache.

The part I was most worried about with inviting so many kids, was getting that many presents when we really don't need one more toy in this house.

I let the girls know before the party that they weren't going to be playing with any of the new toys until they went through their toys, decluttered and got rid of some of their old toys. Plus, they couldn't touch a new toy until a thank you note had been written for it. Aren't I mean?

I know. It's so much fun being a Mama sometimes.

So here they are, tearing the place apart and deciding what will go.


Can I just tell you how much my heart swelled with pride to hear Zoe say this?

"Blah, blah, blah. Whatever."

Annika is such a cucumber.

"There's a snake in my boot."

At first I was a little sad to see Woody in the discard pile, but then I decided that we'll give him to a friend who actually looks like Woody and the girls even call him Woody. They don't even know what his real name is. Woody will get a good home.

Eeek! Freaky doll head! Decapitated Donna is no longer loved? How sad. We must be ruthless though. I really just had to stop watching because I wanted to jump in and rescue toys. How pathetic is that?

We'll take the toys to the thrift store though, so hopefully there are kids out there who will be thrilled with these toys.

I was surprised at how quickly Stinkerbell jumped into the thank you notes. We tend to spread them out, so the toys are sitting in the guest room and coming out one at a time, as the thank you notes are slowly written. What surprised me, I mean really surprised me, is that the girls didn't even argue with me about this. I feel like I won the lottery or something. Or like maybe they think I know what I'm doing with this whole parenting thing. They're so gullible.

Oops, my pictures are a little out of order. I'm lazy though so I'm not going to fix it. This is just the girls putting the party favor bags together.

Once the bags were stuffed, I stapled treat toppers to them and then punched a hole in the corner for attaching a balloon. We didn't attach the balloons until we got to Leo's and I'm glad for that. They would have been a tangled mess otherwise.

I took pictures of the party, but I don't feel like I should post pictures of the kids without their parents' permission. And I'm too lazy to put happy face heads on all of them. So just believe me when I tell you that the party was a blast for the kids, and quite painful for the adults.

That's a wrap for birthday week. Tomorrow I'm going to try to put my Cinnamon Roll recipe up. If you're dieting, you might just want to stay away from Sabotage Station for the next day or so. Sorry.


  1. One can always collect recipes and even post them even when dieting. Or at least drool all over them.
    Wow, you are a good, militant mommy! Way to go! I'm impressed....but a little worried about Decapitated Dolly...she looks like she doesn't have a clue.
    See ya, neighbor.

  2. I know the Hannah/Miley party was fabulous! Great idea to make some old toys go before new ones could come in. At the parties now in Lexi's age group it is almost always money in envelopes. I actually LOVE that. She gets to spend a bit and put the rest in savings and we don't get more things we absolutely don't need!

  3. I love the idea of telling the kids they aren't playing with the new toys until they weed the old. I might have to try that.

    BTW, I ate a chili cheese dog for dinner last night, so I guess I can try your cinnammon rolls...

  4. We had the same Woody doll/toy (and Buzz Lightyear). My son now 10.5 would watch Toy Story over, over, over, over, and over all in one day. When he started to grow out of it I was so sad to see Woody go. He carried him around everywhere we went. We had a toy clean out session and it was his choice to get rid of Woody.I think I cried that day :-) The idea of writing the Thank You notes before the toys can be played with is just plain AWESOME. With them being twins, the party is always super crazy. I don't have a chance to see everything they open at that moment. Great idea!

  5. What a great idea that they can't play with the toys before they write a Thank You note. Brilliant!

  6. "I let the girls know before the party that they weren't going to be playing with any of the new toys until they went through their toys, decluttered and got rid of some of their old toys. Plus, they couldn't touch a new toy until a thank you note had been written for it. Aren't I mean?"

    You are not mean at all! Genius I think. Bravo!

  7. wow, your kids are being raised with organizational skills! great job!

  8. I'm not a big fan of Hannah-Miley-whatever her name is either. Did you see her on Idol last night. She sounded just horrible.

    Good idea about making the kids declutter a little bit before playing with the new toys. I really need to do this! Our toys are getting out of hand and most are junk anyway.

  9. I like the declutter before new toys idea. We did that at Christmas, but Dada rescued most of the toys. I know someone who asks for age appropriate board games and they give them to their teacher for the classroom. That might be TOO altruistic for a kid.

  10. I am so happy to see another mom that makes her kids write thank yous!! My kids think I'm so horrible when I make them do that but I just feel like it is one of the most important lessons kids can learn from their parents.