I've been woefully negligent about posting here lately, I am very sorry. Life has been very busy and we are gearing up to return to work in two weeks. My uncle died on Saturday, as well, which has complicated things a bit (that's a post for another day). I am going to try some shorter posts in the next few days to see whether I can get caught up a bit.
Next Saturday (Sept. 3rd), we will be celebrating Pk's birthday. She is going to be 4 and she has been talking for ages about wanting to have a "princess tea party" (and, to further complicate it, over half of her guests are boys). We modified it a bit to call it a "dress-up tea party" - we are going to welcome superheros and dinosaurs as well as princesses in their finery. It should be very interesting.
I have been having so much fun planning this. Thanks to Gin, who introduced me to Pinterest, I have found all kinds of marvelous decorating ideas and recipes. Since the beginning of the summer, I have been watching Yard Sales and Goodwill for teapots and china dishes that are ridiculously cheap. I know that there are those who would be horribly stressed out by 3 and 4 year old guests using china but the way I am seeing this, when I paid next to nothing for things, who cares if something gets broken. I know that Pk adores using our china and I am sure that her friends will, too.
I have absolutely no idea what we will do with all of this after the party (I think the yard sale we are planning may contain a lot of china!) but for now, this is so much fun. I'll try and share some more of the fun planning I have been doing in the next few days.