Birthday week

Another week in the books! Lana is officially one year old! On her birthday we bought mini cupcakes for her classmates and staff members at her daycare. For several days I kept telling myself “don’t forget to go the grocery store to pick up the mini-cupcakes.” Yesterday was her birthday party with immediate and extended family. Most of the work in planning was going back and forth with my husband on what food to serve (should we order from a restaurant or should we make?) and how much food to provide. My husband tends to overserve, while I tend to underserve (“are you sure this will be enough food?”). For me, the way I see underserving is that we get to clean up faster because most of the food is gone. But also through my years of experience in event planning, I always anticipate that about 20% of the people who initially planned to go end up not going. In contrast, my husband likes to overserve food because he knows he has many family members and they are big eaters. He sees that some of our family members are coming from far away, so we need to provide more than enough.

So the aftermath? Well…people did take a lot of food home. But I also I have a lot of leftovers to freeze and store away.. I think I am not going to go grocery shopping for a while — unless it’s for fruits and vegetables. I always like a good fridge and pantry cleanup challenge. Bring it on.

It rained the morning of Lana’s birthday get-together. We were a little worried about fitting up to 40 people indoors (yes, all family) in our little house. We did not plan for renting canopies for the backyard. Thankfully the rain stopped before the party started.

In addition to getting the stuff together for Lana’s birthday, I was also sick in the middle of the week. I called off work that day to take care of a terrible stomachache.

I was planning for a longer post to over what a crazy busy week it has been, but I think today I’ll take it easy. I did not go to bed until 1:30am and I woke up at 9am. I am usually not the type to sleep in either. Yesterday was nice party seeing relatives we haven’t seen in ages. I think Lana had a great time celebrating too.

A balloon mosaic made by my mom.

Currently reading:

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (e-book from the library)

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (for book club)


11 thoughts on “Birthday week”

  1. Happy belated birthday to your daughter. Such fun and colorful treats. Like your husband, I tend to make too much food or overserve. I don’t want anyone to go hungry. But, then again, we’ve only ever lived on boats and in RVs, so there are never a lot of guests. 🙂

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