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Rainy Day Darlins’

Today is the first day of my son’s spring break. Wouldn’t you know it, it had to rain. All my big plans of starting his holiday off with a bang (trips to the zoo, picnics at the park) have been thwarted by the grey and wet day. What to do, what to do! My urge to just tuck a movie in the DVD player and call it a day was strong — the force was powerful.

Thankfully, I snapped out of it. I realized that the days that my son and I get to cozy up on the couch and hang out are, between school and work and his sweet little sister, few and far between. We just don’t get that time the way we used to. Some of my fondest memories are of the two of us sitting, sometimes for hours, just reading books and drawing pictures. With all the busy day-to-day stuff, I can’t remember the last time we had a chance like this.

So, I put the littlest Donovan down for her nap, picked out some of our favorite books and snacks and cozied up for an hour or two of sweet rainy day lovin’. It was heaven.

My husband and I have always made a point of making down time, sans children, with each other — we recognized early in our marriage that this is essential to having a deep and lasting relationship. Just being able to have a cup of hot tea and listen to a good album together has saved us from many grumpy moods induced by lack of sleep or too much rushing about. I think it’s easy for us to forget that we need to do that with our kids too. At least it was for me. I often get so bogged down with making sure that he is on time for school or that he is on time for bed or that he is washing his hair instead of just playing pirate ship in the bathtub, that I forget that he is such a neat person and that spending just a wee bit of time together doing nothing at all makes all the difference in the world.

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Evite Saves the Day

It is my son’s 6th birthday this Thursday.

I have always dropped the ball when it comes to planning these things in a timely manner. I just can’t quite get my timeline right. I start thinking about it way too early and then, before I know it, I have put the plans away until we are a week away from the party date. Having watched all the mothers in my son’s kindergarten class mail out invitations and set rsvp dates well ahead of time - I promised myself I would not do it again this year. I had big plans to be uber-organized and finally give my son a successfully executed birthday - no timing problems and no rushing around at the last minute.

Alas, it must not be my destiny to be the mom who’s on the ball. I’m starting to except it as part of my inherent self. This year, I started making all the plans in my head and even made some lists and budget guidelines (which I have since lost). We knew where and when we wanted to have it and we had our guest list written down (also lost). Then I got comfortable. I didn’t think about it again until this past weekend. I was talking with my mom and she said “Well, we’ll see you next weekend!” and I said “No no no, not next weekend mom - you guys are coming the weekend of Joseph’s birthday party and that’s still a couple of weeks away.” Silence on the other end of the phone - then she said the words that put me into an immediate tailspin. “Honey, we are coming the weekend of his birthday party - next weekend.”

Typical, I thought. I had not put together, much less mailed, any invitations and had not called to make the reservations at the rock climbing place that we had decided would be the location of his party. I had to hustle. Typical, typical, typical.

I called the climbing place and, thank god, they still had an open party time slot. Phew. Now, invitations…. What to do. Should I just call everyone? Should I bring them to school? I decided that a phone call would be ok, but bringing the invitations to school would not work. We capped the party at nine kids and since we were not inviting the whole class sending them to school would, I’m sure, make some kids feel left out and leave my son with some explaining to do to those who were not invited. Then I remembered an Evite that I recieved for the baby shower of a friend. It was quick, sent directly to my email (which I use more than my regular mail these days - as does everyone else I think). Disco!

So, I went to the Evite site and, for free, set up a lifesavingly expeditious invitation to email out to everyone invited to the birthday party. Thanks to the school directory and a few phone calls to those not at Joseph’s school, plugging in the email addresses was simple and less harried that making ten phone calls last night.

Aside from the ease of getting it out to the invites on time, I was also able to attach directions and the waiver to sign (you have to sign a waiver for things such as rock climbing) - saving even more time for everyone involved. I’m in LOVE!

In just a short 12 hours, we have already recieved seven online RSVPs with comments about how great, informative and nice the Evite was. I think I have finally found a means to my end of complete disorganization. Amazing.

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