When I told my dad that Lego wanted a Pokemon birthday party, he said, “The only problem with that is you gotta catch ’em all.” I didn’t even know Pokemon still existed! Amanda’s little sister loved them when she was about 6, but she’s in her 20s now. Apparently, kids still love Pokemon, even though they’re harder to find and cost more.
Since we now own our lovely home,
I we decided that a birthday party would be the perfect butt-kicker motivation to get unpacked. We’ve been working really hard and making alot of progress, but the boxes seem to be multiplying. Still, thanks to the beauty that is Pinterest, I got a lot of great ideas for Lego’s birthday party and I’m hoping he’ll have fun.
One thing Pinterest couldn’t help with is the whole broken home thing. Without going into too much detail, let’s just say that Lego’s bio-mom moved as far away as legally possible. The kids had alot of trouble adjusting to the move, the new house, the new school, making new friends, leaving their dad, etc. They’re finally settling into things, which is great, but school functions, holidays, and birthdays are still a bit weird. The kids have one birthday party with their bio-mom and one birthday party with us. I asked Lego if he wanted to invite any friends from school, if he thought anyone might be willing to drive out that far for the party. The school also has a rule that you cannot bring invitations to school unless you invite everyone in the class. We’re fine with inviting Lego’s entire class over, but we didn’t want him to feel bad if nobody in the class wanted to come since it’s so far away.
Also, Minecraft is in football this year. He has a game on Saturday, which would be the normal day that we’d have a birthday party. So, we talked it over with the kiddos and they decided that we would go to Minecraft’s football game on Saturday, we’d do a family outing Saturday afternoon, we’d have Lego’s birthday party on Sunday afternoon, and Lego would invite two kids who live in his bio-mom’s neighborhood to the party.
It made me sad that it had to be so complicated, but it makes me grateful that our kids are so mature and considerate of each other that Lego didn’t want to overshadow Minecraft’s football game and Minecraft didn’t want to overshadow Lego’s birthday party. Lego didn’t make a big deal out of who would or wouldn’t be at his birthday party either. He was just excited to see what I’d do with the cake, decorations, and games and he’s looking forward to seeing any family and friends that do show up. It warmed my heart and made me feel like a big ol’ Jigglypuff!