Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Calling All Superheros

Last night my mom headed home to Florida after a 6-day visit. I typically get emotional and cry when she leaves after a visit, especially the quick ones, but it usually happens with the hug and kiss goodbye at the airport when either she's about to board a plane or I am, but this time it started right after dinner when Chase realized that Gram was leaving. I knew he understood that Gram had to go home, I tried to break the news to him earlier in the day so it wouldn't be shock or surprise when she did leave. It hit home when he was sitting on her lap, quiet and teary-eyed as he knew we were about to leave for the airport. He asked if she could play with him for a little bit... I was completely choked up as she held him going upstairs letting him know how much she loved him and that they would see each other again very soon...

Since she arrived last Thursday morning, we were going non-stop with preparations for Chase's big party on Saturday -- his 3rd birthday bash. I think I've been a little obsessed with the party since I found the most fabulous superhero themed party invitations on 

It was the perfect party theme because Chase *LOVES* pretending to be a superhero, he'll run around the house with one of his long-sleeve t-shirts tied around his neck or his doggie bath towel with hood and pretend to be "SuperChase." We just knew this year was the year for his Superhero birthday party!!! It all came together when we enlisted Grandma Helen to make all the superhero capes for the kids. She made Superman, Batman, and even Spiderman capes for all the kids that came to the party as well as goodie bags from superhero fabric. My obsession then became the party favors -- superhero rings every kind I could find! And, for the pink, sparkly, supergirl and wonderwoman rings that cost $4.99, I paid $40 in shipping... Scott was not too happy about that but how could we have a superhero party without female superheros!!? Especially when half of the guests were little girls?!

We had a fun day on Friday, my mom was amazing making the very special superhero cupcakes... we had a few challenges as we did a few test batches but she forged on and did not give up when I would have.... making cupcakes is a much bigger challenge than I remember... whew! Then on to the last minute preparations with the decorations, and table set-up, favors, etc... Without my mom, I would have been completely overwhelmed.

The big day came and so did the rain! Ugh!!! I thought for sure it would be gloomy but had hoped that it would not rain so we could have our spiderman bouncy house... we kept that quiet because there was a chance we may have to cancel and didn't want to disappoint Chase and the other kids. As the morning went on and the rain did not I soon lost hope for the bouncy house... we eventually we had to cancel. It was pouring. So, no bouncy house for Chase and his superhero buddies. Then we began to get a few cancellations from kids who were not feeling well and couldn't make it to the party. I began to get a little nervous for Chase that his friends would not be able to make it.... but as 11 a.m. approached, the doorbell began to ring and ring and all the little superheros began to arrive!!! Chase was beside himself, though remained reserved and shy, his usual state when he's not feeling quite comfortable or put on the spot. But, he soon warmed up and was hand-in-hand with his best bud, Matthew, before too long.  

Being that this was my first official kids birthday party as host with Chase's friends, I was a bit nervous but it was so much fun. My mom was there, Grandma Helen and Grandpa Britt, and many of our wonderful friends. And, we had the opportunity to get to know many of Chase's friends and their parents better, it was so nice! And, the capes were a huge hit as was the pinata. I think we'll have a pinata at every party, although Chase did not take a swing, he enjoyed pulling the streamers to get all the candy out. 

So the party was a huge hit, all our superhero friends came and celebrated with Chase. He is a very lucky boy to have such wonderful, special friends and family who love him. Chase was also very lucky to have his Gram here to celebrate. Chase's actual birthday was on Sunday, the day after the party and we enjoyed a birthday breakfast ag our favorite place for breakfast in GH, Kelly's. Then we played all day, watched superhero videos, played with his new toys and opened even more gifts! The gifts that were big hits were: the Spaceshuttle from Matthew, the IronMan superhero figure from Kevin, the Doggie Play-doh playset from Aunt JJ, and the motorcycle from Uncle Matt. Chase also enjoyed the sketch pad/copier from Gram & Grandpops and his remote control car from Grandpa Britt & Grandma Helen. :-)

The next couple days were a little rough. Colby began having trouble breathing on Sunday night, we took him in to see his doctor on Monday. He was given breathing treatments immediately, and even though he got a little better during the day he was still struggling to breathe. We then spent 4-1/2 hours in the ER on Monday night with one more breathing treatment and a few tests. He's okay just getting through either broncialitis or an airway infection. I am so thankful to my mom for being here to help me through the day on Monday and for taking care of Chase that night so he didn't have to come to the ER with us. 

So, as I sit now catching up on work in between giving Colby breathing treatments, I realize that after this crazy, chaotic, fun-filled, adventurous, wonderful, heart-wrenching, challenging, much-needed visit with my mom, that SHE is in fact MY Superhero. She is now and always has been throughout my life. Thanks mom, for always being there when I need you most. Thank you for always saving the day not only for me but for dad, Jeanette, Matt, and Gramma and Grandpa. You are truly the Superhero in all our lives!

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Instructions for life..."

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 

When you lose, don't lose the lesson. 

Follow the three R's: 
- Respect for self. 
- Respect for others. 
- Responsibility for all your actions. 

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. 

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. 

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship. 

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 

Spend some time alone everyday. 

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values. 

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time. 

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. 

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past. 

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. 

Be gentle with the earth. 

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before. 

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. 

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. 

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon." 

 Dalai Lama XIV