OK. Tomorrow is Bella's long-awaited Purple Pony Party. I'm afraid she will be disappointed that more of her friends from school won't be there (seriously--we got ONE RSVP out of twelve invitations to her classmates, and that one was from the friend whose party SHE attended last week, where she was also the ONLY one from school there). How do you do it, successful parents? Her church friends (there's only a couple her age) are otherwise engaged, too. We'll have TONS of family around, and the whole Decorating of the Pony should garner major delight. I mean, I don't think she'll be crushed, but this week while she's been play-acting her party games, I've heard the recitation of names of her classmates. Whose parents did NOT RSVP, so I assume are not coming. Admittedly, I don't know these parents, but you gotta start somewhere, and we're in Pre-K3, people! How do you DO it? We don't even want gifts, just a bunch of kids to come eat and play and ride a pony! HOW HARD IS THAT??
Also, good friend Michelle came over and helped detangle, brush, clip, and basically spiff up Magic the pony, as well as repairing her western saddle with a new "tie strap" (I was chastised for calling it a "billet strap" like the English-riding person that I am), which is good, since I hadn't the first clue how to attach the thing, and the last thing I need are lawsuits from preschoolers coming detached from said pony due to the saddle being incorrectly fastened. Michelle is also supplying a pony girth, since I also got laughed out of the park for trying to make my horse girth work by adding more holes to the "tie strap." Whatever. So the plan now is to just braid Magic's mane and the top of her tail, strategically apply purple ribbons, and festoon her with purple leg-wraps and a purple saddle-pad and matching halter and lead. I'll scrub her feet well in the morning and apply purple glitter, and stencil on the glitter designs, as well as working glitter through her mane and tail. I'm hoping that and the abundance of family present will detract from the lack of kids from her class. I sent those little ingrates a homemade CAKE last week, you know. Grrrrrr.
What concerns me is how hurt and tired I am right now after VERY little effort on my part helping Michelle prep the pony for tomorrow. There is still a TON of cleaning to be done, plus all the shopping, and I already feel like I might die. How in the WORLD am I going to manage a full-blown party tomorrow? I can't just dump it all on Alex, though I'm sure he's figuring that's what's gonna happen. Shoot. Stupid bad surgery timing, and stupid stupid near-death bronchitis that wasted our birthday-prep week!
Also? St. Louis Cardinals very possibly winning. The World. Series. TONIGHT. We can't even see straight around here. And I'll be freaking out scanning the crowd for Kelly, who IS THERE IN PERSON. She's promised to make a sign, but we don't know what it says! No matter, I'm sure I'll know it if I see it. I'm way jealous, but it couldn't happen to a nicer person. GO CARDS! (Sorry, Erin...but it's my CARDINALS. Can't help it.)
So between hopeless exhaustion and hopeless distraction, there is no telling how this party tomorrow is actually going to shape up. Can we just feed them cake and then turn them loose in a dog-pen full of beach-balls for two hours? No? What if we give them sticks? Small ones?
WAHHHH! I WISH MY BLOG-MOMMY FRIENDS AND THEIR KIDS WERE HERE!!!!
Oh, and I do have a new post up over at the AT blog, probably only of interest to locals.