Well to say that the party didn't go smoothly would be a bit of an understatement. What could have gone wrong pretty much did. But, there was still one happy superhero, and I discovered my superhero mom powers in the process.
Friday night we were supposed to go out to dinner as a family. Well, Ellie got sick, really yucky cold sick. So, we changed things up and put her to bed early and headed off to dinner with half the family. My Dad hung back at the house to watch Ellie.
We decided to have my parents watch Ellie for the party on Saturday morning. I didn't want her to get anyone sick, and she really needed some rest. Everything was ready to go; medicine, bottles, etc. when the phone rang. It was ACAC, the local gym where were having the party. They told me they didn't have any power, and we could re-schedule. Ummmm...it was 9:25 (no, I'm not kidding, chris and I checked the caller ID to see), and most of our guests were probably in their cars on the way to the party place. So we flew into plan B, C, D, and E, which was......???.....
Invited everyone to our house, play in the basement, and call it a Superhero Party!! Of course, I used my amazing mommy skills and printed out a bunch of superhero coloring pages, set up a craft table, all while calling people on their cell phones to re-direct them to our house.
It felt frantic and a bit overwhelming, but luckily we also have super powered friends and family. My mom jetted to the grocery store to buy snacks and paper products. Greta rushed out to grab juice and spiderman fruit snacks. Brandi made a fun trail mix from food in her house, and we called it a party!
Most importantly I think Bradley had a great time, and didn't know the difference. That is what is important. The capes looked great on the kids and Bradley loved his gifts. He was one, happy, happy boy. Deep down I felt bad that it happened like that. I would have loved to have planned some fun superhero themed games or crafts, but it just didn't happen. I think God was playing a little joke on my completely controlling and over planning self. Maybe he was trying to teach me a lesson, that it can still be fun and special without going overboard!
I love you little Bradley, and thank you for being so positive and happy about the whole thing!
Here is the superhero crew checking out Bradley's new bat cave that he got from Mommy and Daddy!
Chloe in her superhero cape!
Mommy and Bradley taking a moment to get a photo!
Sweet Ellie didn't make it out of her PJs that morning, but she did wear her super cape. Cute little girl!!