On the weekend we didn't celebrate Mum's 60th and Dad wasn't here to celebrate his.
We will have a catch up at some stage to recognise Mum's birthday in some way and life will keep going on and with it bring the birthdays of the children which we will always celebrate.
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I know the years are few when the girls will actually really want us to organise their parties for them. We are but a few moments from requests for sleep overs and movie parties where Mum and Dad are really just the extras hanging around in the background.
I have been trying to persuade Imogen to have a party away from home this year, anywhere really, anywhere that I didn't actually have to do anything, no set up, no pack up etc. Just arrive and go.
She was against every idea that I suggested and then a few days ago she walked into my room in the morning and straight out said, "Mum, I want a Christmas Party".
And now I am organising a four year olds birthday Christmas party.
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Usually the rule in our house is that the tree goes up after Immy's birthday, this year we can go early. We can have the tinsel hanging and the baubles shining, the lights flashing and really all I need to do is provide sandwiches in the shape of Christmas trees and make up a cake that looks like Santa for a few little girls to tuck in to.
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If you have not got yourself on to Pinterest yet (where have you been??) then you should, because you never really have to think again. Check out my board it is where all these pretty pictures have come from.
I have been pinning up a frenzy. Don't look at this and think I am going to do any of these things, but the ideas are there.
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Forget lolly bags, we can give take home bags of reindeer food!
The party will be on a teeny tiny scale, just a few little kinder friends will join us, but as Dad said, "You only get one life, so get busy living" and as we all know, you really do only turn four once.
Have you ever had to organise a Christmas Birthday?