party recap.

I just wrote a beautiful post where I waxed on about the balance between being a (sort of) stay at home mom and a (sort of) full time business owner and how those two worlds collide but yet my children must not suffer. And blah blah blah. It seems Internet Explorer decided to censor me  and delete my blog post so now I’m begging for mercy in the arms of Mozilla Firefox. And the moment has passed in which I hoped to enlighten you on the struggles of my inner turmoil and angst over my (not quite) SAHM/(not quite) working mom status. Be thankful for that. 

The point was that even though I rarely know which end is up, I can still throw a pretty kickin’ birthday party. Aided heftily by my husband who throws a pretty mean party himself


Last Friday night Sarah celebrated her 5th birthday with a dance party at our house. 


Or a rave. We’re still not sure. 



In a stroke of genius Brent decided we should ask our sweet Miss Heather to teach the girlies a dance at the party. 



Sarah chose “Party in the U.S.A”, of course, as her theme song. There were other songs on the playlist too but I’m not sure we ever moved past Miley. My ears are still bleeding. 


The adults were banished from the living room while the kiddos practiced their dance, under the tutelage of our babysitter-in-training, Maggie, 




which made their final performance flawless (well, sort of). 


The audience was enamored, 

and adoring fans angled for pictures…  

Sarah requested an Ariel cake for her party which I knew I could totally do. 


Afterall, I know right where Target keeps their Barbies. 


And in a total Momarazzi fail moment my memory card flashed full as soon as I fired one shot off of the candlle-blowing… 


But it was a good one so I’ll forgive myself. This time. 

Typically, the boys were found by the food table all night. No surprises there. 


Middle school will be a breeze for them. 


While the girls hugged and snuggled and posed for the cameras. 


Middle school will be a breeze for them. 


When the festivities were over we settled in for a viewing of their dance, recorded by Brent (and emceed by Jagger???). 

 During the playback of the video Sarah flashed me a smile that told me she was thrilled with her special night.   

And it was all the ‘thank you’ I’ll ever need.

RebeccaNovember 3, 2010 - 1:39 pm

so stinkin’ cute! and brilliant!

Sally C.November 3, 2010 - 2:21 pm

This looks like an amazingly fun party. That last shot would make it all worth it for me too.

And, Erin, if you ever decide to share all those thoughts about balancing it all, I’m gonna be all ears. Would love to read your perspective.

Lorena MoraNovember 3, 2010 - 3:19 pm

Darn that computer fail, I would’ve loved to hear how you balance it all.

Sarah’s expression on the last photo is just beautiful, such a bond with you and you can totally tell how special you are to her just with that look. But you know you are in trouble when she’s a teen there are going to be boys flocking at your door, she’s beautiful. It’s too bad my Tristan is only 2 yrs old.

Rachelle SimsNovember 3, 2010 - 3:22 pm

Tooo cute!!!!

StephanieNovember 3, 2010 - 3:33 pm

This was so so cute! Love it! Glad the little ones all had fun!

ErinNovember 3, 2010 - 5:37 pm

I think you might be up for Mom of the Year! I love that last shot, what a treasure!

Janelle AndersonNovember 3, 2010 - 7:34 pm

That last photo sums it up…You (and Brent) done good!! What a celebration and what a beautiful five year old. Happy Birthday Sarah! Oh, I love your hair! It’s super cute! Miss you.

KelseaNovember 3, 2010 - 8:02 pm

Loved this! I want to be five again. For a day ;o)

Olivia CNovember 3, 2010 - 8:28 pm

What a wonderful party! I have to say the one thing that caught my eye were those individual cups of Blue Bell. I am jealous! Us Northerners don’t get the good stuff. I have to wait to get it when visiting my family in the South. (And I would love to hear your thoughts on the sahm/working mom balancing act!)

Elizabeth JohnsonNovember 3, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Erin, you have to be the best mom ever!! What an amazing birthday party! Love it…looks like Sarah and everyone there had the best time! Dance parties are always fun even when you are five!

LaraNovember 4, 2010 - 6:36 am

Awww…how incredibly perfect! I wanna be your 5-year-old birthday girl! As always, your pictures are beautiful!

KimNovember 4, 2010 - 9:02 am

Looks like a blast!! All the girls look adorable, and the little boys eating at the table are too cute!! Thanks for sharing Sarah’s birthday with us.

JenniferNovember 4, 2010 - 9:43 am

Looks like a ton of fun was had by all! Sarah is one lucky girl to have such experienced party throwing parents (but it is in your genes, isn’t it?). By the way, I am totally cracking up that B-Ro wears those boots in every.single.picture. Does he wear them with his PJ’s too? 😉

SierraNovember 4, 2010 - 12:27 pm

What a fun party! I was looking forward to how it turned out! Logging ideas for my sweetpea when the time comes. lol

j.j.November 4, 2010 - 6:29 pm

gotta love that disco ball! i LOVE the kids’ birthdays!

JenniferNovember 4, 2010 - 6:46 pm

Great party, Erin! It all looks so . . . serene and calm. How’d you do that?!

We recently had a birthday party at our house, too. Love those autumn birthdays!

P.S. That little dark-haired partygoer is just gorgeous!

Aunt LuNovember 4, 2010 - 8:08 pm

WOW! that last picture says it all!

KatieNovember 4, 2010 - 9:11 pm

How fun! Happy Bithday Sarah! Looks like you had one special Birthday! We are looking forward to meeting you in Feb!

Jessica WNovember 5, 2010 - 4:51 am

What an adorable party! Looks like everyone had a ton of fun!

EvelyneMay 27, 2011 - 7:56 pm

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