WOW! What a weekend! As any parent can attest to planning a birthday party for your little on can be daunting. Well try planning one while you are studying for your board exams (overdue post alert!)📚. Then imagine that Hurricane Florence 🌪comes calling into town. Next imagine that your boyfriend dumps you 4 days before the party 💔and you will have a constellation for failure but THANK GOD it was a success!
First let me say that my little one LOVES Wallykazam! He will watch episodes over and over and over and over and over and over and over...again 🤦🏾♀️. So trying to plan a party of anything but Wallykazam was just not going to happen. I have to say I'm pretty disappointed in Nick Jr for several reasons: 1) They aren't making any new Wallykazam shows 😡2) There aren't a lot of promotional birthday items for purchase to really throw a great party😤. 3) They aren't making any new Wallykazam shows--Oops did I say that already?!?!🤔🤔🤔
Thanks to ETSY all was not lost!🤩 No birthday party could go on without our traditional birthday shirt and I found his wonderful T-shirt from the wonderful The Lion and Unicorn Shop.
While on-line I found masks for the treat bags what were to die for. They had 2 masks of each of the principle characters that easily fit a child's head. Each child had the opportunity to leave as their favorite Wallykazam character.
No party would be complete without a banner. Jeremy was completely mesmerized by seeing all of his favorite characters come to life outside the TV Screen. Of course in true toddler fashion he kept trying to pull the banner down but lesson learned...place it higher!
I found wonderful cupcake toppers from 21CreationsToo also on Etsy and wonderful stickers to decorate the party favor boxes I picked up from the Dollar store.
Each party favor box included a mask, bubbles (any true Wallykazam fan knows why) and a party blower from JBsMomCreations.
This party would not have been the success it was if it wasn't for the wonderful people at The Little Gym at Germantown! They made setup and cleanup a breeze! And they totally flowed with my group of Critter Campers (another Wallykazam reference for those fans).
So my boyfriend of 1 year and 5 days broke up with me. I could rant and rave about it. I could blog about what kind of person breaks up with someone via text message. I could wallow in how devastated I was when I saw the message this morning at 6am as I was getting ready to go workout, and a myriad of other emotions but that’s not the purpose of this post. 🧐
I want to talk about how much growth I saw in my reaction and response. Before, I would have tried to call or text asking “why” in an misguided attempt to “seek closure”. Then I would have blamed myself, looked to see what I did wrong or ponder (over a bowl of ice cream 🍨topped with a Pepperidge Farm apple turnover 🥧) “why can’t I keep a man”. In my much younger destructive days I would have behaved a bit like Lisa and burnt some things 🤦🏾♀️.
But at 40 with much introspection and growth I can look at the events that have transpired in the last 48 hours and be proud. When I went through a breakup before I wanted to seek closure from the other person. I wanted to dissect the relationship and determine why it didn’t work. All under the auspice of trying to “learn from past relationships before moving on”. Learning from mistakes is important for growth; however as In aging and my experience I have realized the power I would inadvertently give over by relying on someone else to provide me the closure that I seek. It left me bound, dependent, and often disappointed. So this time I had my cry because I have to acknowledge the grieving process, put on my workout clothes to “walk my mile long runway” (i.e. exercise), I prayed and talked with God, I began the blocking process to make the grief process easier, and then I packed up the items in my house that reminded me of our relationship and got it ready for shipping. Purging is good for the soul! 📦📫
I know my worth and how I deserve to be treated. I have learned how to let go of what does not want to treat me right. Priceless!! 💚🍋
Embracing my imperfection and striving for perfection through grace.