One of my major jobs as a mother is to make the children's Birthdays come true. From party planning, present buying, cake-baking, to clean-up afterward, the Birthday is a big job, and it mostly falls on my shoulders. However, it's a job I like to do, and I realize that I enjoy those birthday parties almost as much a the kids do. So it's all good. :)
One thing I did let go of this year, in my year of LESS, was the stress of trying to make a handmade birthday present. Yes, making things for my children is precious and they love mama-mades, but having to work in secret means working late at night and that just sucks the joy out of it all. So I was very pleased to purchase something lovely from an Etsy seller instead. I'm very impressed with the lovely doll clothing for sale on Etsy, all handmade!
Shhhh ..... I kidnapped Hypatia's doll for a photo shoot of the gift:
And then a job we can do together: making invitations!
It's still almost a month until Hypatia's 5th birthday, so I'm doing Very Well on preparations and I hope there will be very little stress as we get closer. Especially as I am feeling some angst that my Baby isn't really a Baby anymore ...