The night before L birthday, as I was realizing that the rainy weather was going to mess up my plans for our outdoor activities - my cupcakes bombed. The younger one started to get a fever and a friend wasn't sure he'd make it to the party.
I was frustrated and getting grumpy.
But thankfully, I had a moment of clarity. Celebrations are happy, and little people are happy. And Lou won't care if I use a cake mix.
So, I ran to town to get a cake mix from the store and a dog shaped cake pan from the public library (how cool is that?). While the cake was baking, I cut up a flannel pillowcase and some felt and made a quick felt-board type Pin the Tail on the Dog. Seriously - this is a quick in a pinch. Cut, topstitch and tape to the wall - the felt tails will stick on their own if you pat a little. John and I put up some decorations (a felt bunting, and several yards of ball fringe trim, a white table cloth and fresh flowers) and I laid out her crown and a pink dress. I love for her to wake up to a decorated table - it just seems to make the whole day exciting.
And then, as I finished icing the cake and applied some chocolate chip spots, I vowed to finish up tonight. To celebrate tomorrow. To give her the one thing she wants (and I struggle to give) the most: my attention.
The next morning, as I was trying to get a nice picture of my pretty table setting, I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice to just enjoy this, and not try to document it?" I thought how lucky people without blogs are. So I started over. I decided to celebrate, and give L (and sick J) my attention.
And we had such a beautiful day.
There are days, when I want to completely disconnect from all of my online platforms, to just walk away from all of it. I'm not quite ready yet, but I think one day I will. For now, I think I'll take the summer off. With John taking time off, the weather being (sometimes) beautiful, and me sewing top-secret book projects - now just seems like a good time.
I hope your summer is full of celebration, and I'll see you in the fall.