Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date Friday {#20}

Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that my baby girl turned three this week!  That is so hard to comprehend sometimes.  She’s such a little girl now — no baby left at all.  Kids grow so fast and change so much at every age, but the growth and development from 2 to 3 floors me every time.  The changes are just so visible at that age. She grew more than 2 inches in height, lengthened out and lost all her remaining baby chub and now she talks.  And not just in phrases or broken sentences, but in complete sentences and paragraphs with full and complex thoughts and vocabulary.  It’s so crazy.

A coffee date conversation with Katie @ the Creative Counselor
Darling 3-year-old

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m kind of freaking out about J’s birthday party next week.  He’s turning 5 (seriously, 5?!?) and is having his first official “birthday party” with friends.  He requested a “superhero costume party,” so I rented a pavilion at a local park, ordered invitations and rounded up his friends and their siblings to attend (many of his friends have younger siblings who are N’s friends so it’s perfect).  Thankfully our cold streak should have ended by then — seriously, what’s up with having to turn on the heater in May? — and our forecast shows a high of 87 that day.  Ahh, that’s more like it!

But I’m kind of freaking out because he wants a superhero costume party.  That means he needs a superhero costume.  J has suddenly become obsessed with the color green and decided that he wants to be Green Lantern for his birthday.  So I need to make a Green Lantern costume.  Albert and I had to watch a Green Lantern cartoon on Netflix to figure out what this particular super hero even does!  (Turns out he’s a protector of earth for some alien race and has a green ring of power that he uses to fight bad guys.  Pretty cool).  The costume shouldn’t be too complicated — just a t-shirt and leggings — and Green Lantern luckily has one of the easiest logos for applique.  It’s all a time issue at this point.  N is easy at least.  She will be “super princess” like always and can just wear one of her dozen princess dresses.  Done and done.

I had also planned to make each of the kids capes out of muslin and let them decorate them at the party with fabric markers, paint, etc.  But since I haven’t started sewing either J’s costume or these capes yet, I’m really doubtful it’s all going to happen by Wednesday.  We will see.  We will see.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that accomplishing all this has been even more challenging this week because I’ve been super busy at work.  Every night this week I’ve worked for 2-3 hours after putting the kids to bed.  As in, working at my day job rather than my sewing machine 🙁  I have a big reply brief due soon and it has been a beast to get this one done!

In other news, if we were having coffee I would tell you that we’re headed to Des Moines this weekend to see my bestest friend, Lauren, graduate from law school!  Lauren and I were roomies for 2 years in undergrad and then again during my third year of law school and her first year of library school. She lived with me and Albert for about 6 months when she moved to Kansas City, and then three years ago decided to go back to law school.  She’s graduating in the top of her class (of course!) from Drake tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more proud of her!

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?


0 thoughts on “Coffee Date Friday {#20}

  1. I’m amazed you’re even managing a blog post with all that you’ve got going on! When do you sleep?

    If we were having coffee, I’d give you terrible advice to stay up all night and make all the superhero stuff you can because the superhero phase is such a short one and nothing makes five-year-olds feel more awesome than putting on a cool cape.

    1. And you are so right. I am doing the capes, though I’ve enlisted help from my amazing mother-in-law to get everything ready in time 🙂

  2. okay, i really love the decorate your own cape idea! wonder if there’s an easier way than sewing them yourself… kid b-day parties are hard. even the “simple” ones can very quickly turn into a lot of work. good luck!

    1. They are hard. This is our first “official” birthday party, and I shutter to think what May will be like in a couple of years when N gets an “official” party too. I am going to do the capes — it’s such a great keep-them-busy sort of activity and I’ll need a few of those!

    1. Yes, things have simmered down a bit. It’s a good problem to have from a work standpoint, I guess, but it sure does cut into my sewing time 🙁

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