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Video: Katherine’s 4th Birthday

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Liz Spikol over at The Trouble with Spikol wrote a great blog post a few days ago that she actually LIKES office meetings. Because they are a reminder to her of how far she’s come. Birthday parties accomplish the same thing for me. This year is the first year I’ve paged through the “Oriental Trading” magazines to order pirate plates and cups for David’s sixth birthday last July and a Little Mermaid pinata, princess lollipops, and diamond tiaras for Katherine’s party. I even got both of them cakes to go along with the pirate/princess theme. In other words, I told the domesticated idiot to take a hike for a day because I was going to try to be like all the other moms that have been doing this sort of thing ever since they were discharged from the maternity (not psych) ward. I wanted to share a piece of my happy day with you because I need to balance out all the whining and griping I do about the brutal mix of motherhood and depression. I have left over tiaras … if anyone wants one!



  • Wendi

    Looks like it was a wonderful day! Happy Birthday, Katherine! Good job, Therese. :)

  • Nancy

    Thank you for sharing Katherine’s birthday with us. It’s delightful to see the joys in the journey, and what an honor it is that you posted a precious family time with us. To take a deep breath and get out of our comfort zone (if there even is one) in order to bring happiness to others is what it’s all about. To see Katherine in her tiara, (I’ve never had one – I’m sure my husband and 2 sons would be thrilled to see me walking around here with one – so sure I’ll take one!)and the beautful cake and pinata, while hearing “Good Job!” in the background brought back many wonderful memories of my own with the kids. I’ve said “good job” thousands of times in the last 20 plus years. No child can hear that too often. What fun, and I’m sure also tiring. So – “Good Job” – Therese. You did great!

  • Babs

    Looks like a fine time was had by all. It brought back memories of my youngest daughter’s birthday party when I made an entire scene in frosting including a color-correct rainbow. It was July and hot. Alas, the cake was gone all to soon.
    Four is a great age with the tiaras and girly stuff.
    Would you come and plan my next birthday? It isn’t until August?

  • lapatosu

    I understand about knowing that you are further in the journey to healing, the more you are able to participate in the holiday fun. This is the first year way too many to count, that I actually decorated the house for Halloween, instead of the token gesture of a pumpkin on the porch. I’m actually looking forward to Christmas. My therapist is psyched. *laughter*

  • Lynn

    Motherhood drove me crazy, but now I am a grammie( to be exact the four of them call me GiGi)I was always so out of sorts when my three were young, It was hard to enjoy them. I enjoy all of them now all most everyday.There are times!!!! Happy, Happy Birthday Katherine and Mom too. Good Job!!!!!!! :)

  • Margaret Balyeat

    What a wonderful(and EXHAUSTING) age to be mothering. lUCKY YOU! And lucky Catherine to have a mom who so obviously goes allout to plan and execute celebrations for special days! My best to your entire family!

  • Larry Parker

    I could say a lot of things — some sardonic, some sarcastic, some serious — following up my previous comboxers.
    But that’s not important today. What is, is:
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATHERINE!!!

  • DEB HOFFER

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHERINE!!!! IM GLAD THAT YOUR MOM DOES WHAT SHE THINKS IS RIGHT FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY. NO ONE SHOULD GIVE HER A HARD TIME FOR SHOWING LOVE TO HER DAUGHTER.; AND MAKING YOUR BIRTHDAY SO SPECIAL. MY SISTER BETTY USE TO GIVE ME BIRTHDAY PARTYS WHEN I WAS A YOUNG GIRL; AND I LOVED IT . SHE MADE ME FEEL SO SPECIAL BACK THEN. I WONT EVER FOREGET IT EITHER. I HOPE YOU GOT SOME COOL PRESENTS AND HAD LOTS OF FUN. AND YOU HAVE THE COOLEST MOM. SHE,S SWEET AND SPECIAL TO. HOPE YOU FIND GOD AND ENJOY LIFE AND LAUGH ALOT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU…..DEB HOFFER.

  • Frank

    Sorry to be late in offering birthday wishes! Happy Birthday Katherine! The coming days will be a wonderful time of discovery and joy. Being 4 is perfect. And the next year will be terrific too. May each year be the best ever.
    My grandson’s fourth birthday was just two weeks ago. He’s so very precious! His mom is expecting their second, a sister for Tommy, in just 5 short weeks. Cool!
    May each of us bask in the love and affection of family and friends and KNOW of that deep well of affection from which we can drink at any time.
    Frank,

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