Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl

We had a little party at Susie's tonight to celebrate Sawyer's 3rd birthday, a 5 soup buffet & rolls & salads & magical disappearing grapes (ha ha, Susie!). As always WAYYYY too much food & tons of fun. Matt did some games with the kids, and got the title of "best uncle ever" from Grace. Then we had cake & ice cream & presents. It was very, very fun and just what Sawyer wanted. She also wanted a "Barbie & the Diamond Castle" cake, but that stinkin' diamond castle appears to be made out of glass and is extremely tall, so instead she got a "mom is way over scheduled this week" castle cake. But it was yummy, and she loved it anyway. I tell ya, there is nothing better than the way she says "WOW!" at everything that is even slightly exciting. I can't believe my baby is three years old already. I really meant to have a little sibling for her by now. Best laid plans, huh? I gotta tell ya, this week has been pretty overwhelming, we had our YW in Excellence on Wednesday & I had a lot of little things that had to be done for that, and honestly, that was my only focus for the first 3 days of the week. By the time it was done, I felt like a complete failure in every other aspect of my life; wife, mother, housekeeper, friend, dog-owner, daughter and sister. I have no idea how other people, people with more children, more demanding callings in church, jobs, etc. handle their lives, and manage to somehow make it look all nice & pulled together. No idea! When I get stressed out, not only does my house turn into a landfill, my waist expands two inches, my husband gets verbally abused, my daughter gets ignored or snapped at, and my hair gets permanent pony-tail bend. Oh, and my scriptures gather a thin layer of dust. How do you all stay balanced? How do you decide what to let slide & what to stick to? I feel like I'm just treading water sometimes. I've really got to learn to not let my stress level change how I treat my family. That is what I really need to be learning & working on when these crazy, overscheduled times strike. So yeah, how do you do it?


Chris & Missy said...

I can't believe that Sawyer is 3!! She is such a cutie pie.

How fun was her cake? Any little princess would have loved that cake!

Celeste, you are an awesome mom and wife you are amazing all the things you accomplish!

bird on the lawn said...

what an amazing photograph. i have one of my mom and me and i cherish it. i think it was my 3rd b-day!
happy bday sawyer!

Kierstin said...

Oh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUTE, SWEET GIRL!! We love you :) Love you too, mommy of the birthday girl

Parry Particulars said...

Sorry we missed the party. I would much rather attend a party than anything related to Young Women. Cue pics!

WowsRose said...

Awww happy birthday Susie! What a great picture of you two - you both are beautiful!

I have a little princess turning 5 on new years...I'd love to see Susie's cake so I can steal-I mean borrow some ideas from your mastermind!

The Neilson Family said...

She is so beautiful, isn't she?!

As for the other question, you certainly can't be asking me. The other day, week 2 of Jed being out of the country, I almost ate an entire bag of kisses (my sister-in-law saved me from a few pieces) and guzzled an entire bottle of sparkling apple cider - BY MYSELF! That's how I deal with trying to keep things together.

I'm glad, though, that you feel the same way I do. I look at people like you and think - man - I need to get it together and quick!

But you know what, this is what we need to do and this is what I need to remind myself of many many times each day. President Monson has asked us to enjoy the jorney. ...and if that means we need to step over things as we walk in our front door, ask our husbands to be more forgiving than they should, or buy a few more pony tail holders, then so be it. You have pictures like the one you posted of your little girl to help you remember life is just way too good.

Love you, girl. Hang in there. Keep giving me hope that one day I will be half way to where you are.