American Girl Birthday
Have you ever had a week where no matter how hard you tried to make something happen, it just wasn’t going to happen. Like the universe is against you for some reason? That is this week and Friday cannot come soon enough.
Last week our kiddos were down for the count with what I’m guessing to be the flu or some virus resembling it. Well, I thought we were in the clear. I did my due diligence (and if you now how ocd my family can be about cleaning, you’re laughing right now) and cleaned every surface and hardwood floor with hot water + vinegar, bleached all the bathrooms, washed all the towels, washed all the sheets, etc., basically everything you do when your family is sick to prevent others from getting sick as well. Doing this all while eating an insane amount of zinc and drinking large volumes of green tea to prevent myself from getting the ick as well. Moms dont get sick, right?! Basically, hot mess.
Well, Little Miss Chloe went back to school today after what we thought was “24 hour tummy flu” however, this afternoon she went right back to where she was a few days ago, sick. She ended up on the couch with low-grade fever and upset stomach. Her teacher texted me at the end of the school day to let me know Chloe had faded and was ready to go home. Which I appreciate so much, I went right in a got her.
She had lots of tears since this was supposed to be her Big Chicago Weekend that we have been preparing since August. We selected the hotel, restaurants, nut-free desserts, museums, swimming suits, uber rides, birthday outfits, train tickets, special shoes. The whole thing. I’m sad for her. Actually, I’m more than sad for her. I’m angry for her that year after year her Birthday falls smack in the middle of flu season and she is sick with something.
We planned a small party for her class at school and are grateful for all the calls, texts, cards, balloons, gifts for her. It has made her feel special on her day.
The cupcake batter is nothing fancy, we used a box mix, Betty Crocker. The frosting is a standard butter cream with about 7 drops of McCormick red food coloring to make it pink.
Have a good weekend 🙂