Tomorrow is the big fourth birthday at our house. I've started getting ready for the little party that we've got planned for Saturday morning and today, Mariam and I rounded up things for putting together party favor "bags." I put "bags" in quotes because actually, we aren't using bags at all. Instead, we covered empty Illy coffee cans with pretty paper a la Paper Source. I used the miracle machine to complete the job. I'm so pleased with how they turned out!
I put an assortment of goodies inside, mostly art supplies, although we also included a cute little kit for growing a strawberry plant. Yay for party favors that are not just little plastic doodads destined for the trash!
We'll do a quiet little family birthday celebration tomorrow and then spend Friday getting ready for Saturday's guests. I have bold aspirations for cake baking and this year, am going to make a "real" cake instead of the usual applesauce/maple syrup concoction. A little sugary indulgence for the smalls is okay for special occasions, right? It is so great that I have this week off from work (Spring Break), it makes this all so much less harried and stressful.
I have, by the way, been extraordinarily well behaved in reference to the big thesis writing obligation. I have been working on it whenever my family will give me the time and space and have written 66 pages! I had no idea that I had 66 pages worth of things to say. I got busy fast when I realized that my deadline is much, much closer than I realized. The goal is to have my draft sent to my readers by Monday. Think happy thoughts!