Saturday, December 29, 2007

What a week...

This little idea came to me last night as I was trying to figure out a way to express my anger and disappointment over some of the events of yesterday.

Party Decorations: $67
Baking Supplies/Party Food: $123
Prep Time: 3 Days
Having only two out of ten people who RSVP'd actually show up to Ari's party: Priceless

It may be sarcastic and a little mean, but that's my right. I am beside myself at the fact that people personally told me they would be here for Ari's birthday and they just didn't show up. Not even a phone call. I understand that things come up, it's the holidays... but still, how selfish and incosiderate can you be? It's very embarrasing and hurtful to be honest. Matt and I had a hard time enjoying our son's first birthday because we kept looking out the window to see if people had pulled up. We waited an hour and a half (Ari melting down and needing a nap because we waited so long) before we started the festivities. I think the hardest part of it all was the fact that all of this crap took away from what the day really should have been about, our son and the celebration of his first year of life. I'm angry and upset and I'm tired of being "the polite one" that bites her toungue for fear of offending others. I want everyone to know how much they hurt me, hurt all of us. Please take that into consideration when you just decide not to show up somewhere you're expected to be.

OK, rant over. I had to get that out, I feel a little better now. Onto happier things... we had an incredible week! Brad and Emily along with their boys Tyler and Ethan arrived Wednesday evening for dinner. We've not seen them since our wedding two years ago, it was incredible to see them and the boys! Tyler is an angel, so much fun to be around and Ethan is just the tiniest little peanut you have ever seen. They are both very well behaved and a true joy to have in our house! Thanks you guys, it was great to see you!

Matt's parents (Dick and Sharon) arrived Thursday morning, earlier than I was expecting which was awesome because they jump right in and help me out! I was able to get an uninterrupted shower and not have to worry about Ari! My dad (Brent) and Cindy arrived a little later that afternoon. We had a HUMONGOUS dinner that night with Prime Rib (with a garlic blue cheese cream sauce, YUM), Red Potatoes, Asparagus, Strawberry Salad, Corn, Deviled Eggs and Rolls... I think that's everything. It was incredible, I've not eaten that much at one sitting in a very long time. The company was fabulous, the conversation a little risque (sorry to anyone that may have been offended) but an overall great evening! It warms my heart to have so many people in our life that are so much fun to spend the holidays with!

Ooh, then Ari's party! I got up at the crack of dawn to bake cakes, clean up the house from the various other activities, wrap presents and decorate. In true Wiebke fashion everything came together very nicely at (what we thought was) the last minute before guests would arrive. Michelle and Ella came and brought balloons to finish off the decor! And that's it... no one else came (the grandparen't were already here). Besides that and an emergency nap for Ari the day was great. He tore right into all of his gifts and loved each and every one. My dad got him the "flintstones car", he had so much fun spinning the steering wheel! Dick and Sharon got him a mini table and chair set from PBK, it is the cutest thing and looks great in the family room. He got lots of other toys from us, Michelle & Ella and the Gardners! Thank you to everyone that was here, you made our day great.

The cake: He didn't like it one bit! I had to smush his hands in it for him and he made the most awful face! He barely touched it and didn't eat a single bite! Michelle took all the pictures, here are a few:



He wore the hat for a long time! It was adorable (obviously) ;)







Whew, I think this post is long enough. Sorry about that, I just had a lot to say! I hope you all enjoy your weekend, Ari and I are hanging out in our jammo's all day!

11 comments:

Ella & Michelle said...

We had a great time! Ari was so cute with his cake. I loved how he touched his finger to it and was like, YUCK! I'm really upset that the others didn't show or haven't called. You weren't being mean by any means and I loved the mastercard quote. I would have sent it to them! I guess it's at times like this that you know who your friends are. And especially when you are a nice person, it's easy to get walked on. That's why I haven't made any new true friends, other than you, in the past 14 years. Know that we love you and we truly had a good time! They missed out on a great day!

Virginia said...

Bless your heart, that totally sucks. I'm glad you are able to vent about it here. If it makes you feel any better, the pictures of Ari couldn't be any cuter! Just love them- he's got such a sweet little smile. Can't wait to see you scrap them! :)

Michelle Lanning said...

Oh Morgan that stinks - but it sounds like you still managed to have a great time! And Ari looks so adorable in his hat! Gotta love those pics! AND that he didn't like his cake - lol!

Nicole said...

I am sure Ari had a great time no matter who was there. The pics are adorable! Happy Belated Bday Ari!!

Croppycatter said...

I LOVE those pics!!! I'm glad he had fun with his party anyway. He won't outgrow the flinstone car any time soon either. :)

Jenn said...

Oh My gosh Morgan !!!! This is Cute with a capital CUTE !!!! Happy New Year !!!!

bruinbr said...

I'm glad that you still managed to have a good time considering the circumstances! Love those cake pics of Ari! soooo cute! :)

Deanna said...

You're a true trooper Morgan. I really appreciate how you can say what you feel, but then still stay positive somehow. you're able to see the bigger brighter picture, and that takes such a mature person. Those pictures are absolutely adorable! Your friend can come take pics at our parties anytime (dh doesn't do so well). i can't wait to see what you do with them! Hang in there. Scrap the heck out of them, and I'm sure you'll start to feel better. He really IS a cutie! :)

Linda said...

Oh Morgan, I knw exactly how ya feel. My oldest son's b-day is the day after Christams. We always had the same problem with parties,they rsvp'd they'd be coming & then no one would show up. I once planned a party @ his karate school, invited everyone in his class (28 kids) had 16 rsvp's, then only 4 kids showed. He was crushed, devastated & I couldn't help but cry. How da ya explain that to a 8 yr old boy. It SUCKS is right. But I'm sure ya made the best of it. The pic's are absolutely adorable! He's a precious little boy you both have there.

Chris said...

So much for social graces. There is absolutely no excuse for not calling and letting you know that they were unable to attend.

On the bright side, I am glad that this happened at Ari's FIRST birthday rather than his fifth or sixth when he would KNOW that hurtful feeling.

I hope you receive some apologies!

((hugs,))

cropaddict.com said...

Great photos of Ari. :) What a blessing that Matt could be home though. :)