My oldest son turned 9 a few days ago. I remember when I thought people who had nine-year-olds were old…and well now I’m that person with the nine-year-old.
I think the number one mistake I ever made with my children’s birthdays is not planning any sooner. Last year’s birthday was my first attempt at organizing anything it was just a small get together with three of his friends from school. Not a big deal. This year I thought I’d make his ninth birthday extra special by actually planning some activities with some of his friends. So, I sent out an email and text literally TWO days before the date.
You’d think only one or two people could make it with that short of a notice.
Apparently ninth birthdays are different. You know, like parents want a break from eight and nine year old children. Which means they were more than happy to RSVP that they were attending.
That’s right–there were eight kids at my home NOT including my three boys. So I called my friend Connie over for reinforcements thirty minutes before the party began. Boy was I glad I did.
Ever wonder what happens when you put eleven age 9-ish kids together for a party to celebrate a birthday? Chaos. Screaming. Farting. Getting the garbage man to blow his horn really loud. Twice. And if it’s been raining, then muddy shoe prints all over the floor. Take your pick.
The funnest part for me was taking the pinata out to the front yard and getting the kids to take turns hitting it.
It didn’t take long for the pinata to break even though not everyone had a turn, so Connie and I made the kids hit the pinata on the ground, then we gathered all the candy up and threw it in the air at once for them to grab. Only one kid got hit by the falling candy hard enough that it hurt. I was glad it was only my kid.
My oldest’s opinion after the party: “Mom, this was the BEST birthday party EVER.”
Which made two hours with a houseful of rambunctious boys totally worth it.
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