We begin the school year with blank notebooks, pages fresh and clean. Backpacks are free of crumbs and leaked box drinks. Children wake up early in anticipation. We try to get to school a bit before the morning bell and start the year off on the right track.
Babywoods is a year old! At any rate, our bebe crested her first annual milestone in late November and we feted her in style. I have heard—and seen—tell of some lusciously adorned first birthday parties.
It seems the pressure to create a magical, opulent birthday experience for our kids has now extended to one-year-olds. Folks, this is going too far. Plus, if you hire a pony for a first birthday party, how exactly do you top yourself the next year?
It sets a dangerous—not to mention expensive—precedent. But it was tempered, brief in keeping with her attention spanand really, really cheap. Things like birthday parties are not an all or nothing proposition. Rather, it encourages us to get creative and identify ways to fully enjoy life absent the rampant consumerism touted by the mainstream.
Frugality encourages a third way—it places us in between deprivation and consumption. It is the practice of finding enough and embracing contentment. Frugalwoods, Babywoods, Frugal Hound, and my mother-in-law, father-in-law, and sister-in-law.
We blew out the candle together, Babywoods licked all the frosting off, took a few bites of cake, and promptly dropped the rest in her lap. As you can see, this cake was not—ahem—all that attractive to put it mildly… and now we know why I am not a food blogger. FW said it looked like a stack of hamburgers with mayonnaise smeared on top.
There is no perfection with a homemade cake—at least, not with one made by moi. I find that the more we spend, the more we expect.
And high expectations are almost never met to their fullest. She has no idea.
We decided to give ourselves a pass on gifts for both her birthday and Christmas this year. Ok, there were more photos. This was a totally unnecessary and superfluous activity, but I wanted an excuse to dress her up like a cream puff and snap photos.
Naturally, there was zero crafting involved, knowing as we do that I display remarkable ineptitude and loathing where crafts are concerned. We kept it simplestress-free, and thrifty.
My weakness is taking photos, perhaps yours is party planning! FW and I have chosen. You need to decide how you want to raise your child. You went through the hard work to bring them into this world—either through labor or adoption—and they are your responsibility. Respectfully explain your wishes and be firm.
Then, present a united front to the world and stand strong. After all, no one will care how you lived your life as much as you will and—dare I add—your children.
There was no renting out of a skating rink or hiring of a magician. The last year I had such a party? Oh yes, we were the cool kids.
One memorable year, my dad and I blew up balloons and put them in the rec room and then my friends and I ran around tossing balloons at each other for a good two hours.
You should know we were eleven years old at the time. So what if all the other parents are doing it? And you know what? I kind of bet kids will have a fabulous time just, you know, being kids.
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