Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Slowly Coming Out from Under My Rock

Wow, what a long 3 months it's been! I know it's been quite a while since I've blogged, so I am blogging now. This is my last week at my seasonal job, and even though I'll miss the money, I am happy that it's about to be over. It's definitely not fun working full time nights.

Anywhoo, March 1st is almost upon us again, and that means it's almost time for baby girl's 8th birthday! This year I've decided to do it right and actually plan ahead. I have exactly 4 weeks to the event. Furthermore, I've decided no more sex-segregated parties. This came about not because of some lofty ideals I had, but because I found myself short-changing the boys. I would end up doing a total girly-girl party for the princess, then do a half-job with the boys party. Also, because we didn't know a lot of little boys, I would end up forcing my son into a mixed party. The biggest reason is because I hated telling my boys they can't come to their sister's party.

As I sit here writing this, I'm feeling more strongly about it. I'm feeling that we shouldn't force these stereotypes on our children at such a young age. Of course all this stuff has commercial underpinnings. I remember when we I was young and there was no 'spa party for girls only'. Now everything has to have a theme. Well, I'm taking it back to the old school where we will play games, maybe do some crafts (unisex of course) and have a great time, with boys AND girls in attendance. Now I just have to figure out how to pull this off. I will definitely post the party plans ones it's cemented.

I've also resolved to do better with my overall craftiness/gift giving. It seems like for the most part I only relate my creativity to making money with it. The flip side to that way of thinking is that I end up getting frustrated and not enjoying the doing and everything turns into work because I only look at it as something to sell. Meanwhile I have all these friends birthdays, and baby births that come and go where I've either gotten them nothing or bought something at the last minute. I resolve to do more loving creativity. I am going to put my love into my crafts and give more to people who matter to me. For instance, I have a niece who will be born any day soon. I am going to make her these absolutely adorable baby booties, amongst other things.
My bestest friend ever, in Virginia is getting ready to have another little girl too, so that's 2 booties to make. I have a cousin about to turn 8 also, so I have to find something for her as get the point.

It's good to be back.