Having three children is a blessing and a joy, that can’t be denied. And three boys, well you’d imagine that would be easy in terms of interests and birthday party themes, right?
In my experience this is not the case!
Due to a complicated set of circumstances, my boys’ ages range from 6 to 14. It can be a challenge in our house to find a simple family movie that everyone is happy to view. The fact that I’m the only female is totally ignored as I am also by far the most flexible and selfless of the bunch (even though I do say so myself!).
I love nothing more than celebrating my little cherubs’ birthdays each year, what a proud and emotional occasion. But I can’t lie and tell you that I look forward to the whole birthday party thing, in fact I dread it every time. In my book it’s less stressful to organise and execute an adult party than a six-year-old’s.
So two of sons have birthdays two weeks apart, this year we were arranging a party for a nine-year-old closely followed by one for a young man of fourteen. They both wanted to do the movies, great! My little middle son is finally growing up and just wants a few close friends to accompany him to a good movie….
It didn’t go quite like that… There were fourteen ‘close’ friends, two with severe food allergies. We started in McDonald’s where we encouraged very speedy eating for fear that any downtime in the proceedings would encourage anarchy especially as half the presents were Nerf guns and bullets.
We quickly got to the cinema and counted the minutes til the movie was done and the responsibility of the little darlings was handed back to their parents.
Thankfully it all passed off smoothly, but it was certainly not a relaxing afternoon.
In contrast, my eldest son had a very simple desire. He wanted to go with the family to the pizzeria then watch a chosen movie by himself with mounds of popcorn and be collected and taken home after.
Best birthday party ever.