valentine’s day and birthday overload

February 12, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

Mark and I aren’t big on Valentine’s day, probably because for a week, it’s Valentine’s all day, every day. Plus our high school had this tradition where you can buy someone a flower, anonymous or with a note, and then it would get delivered to you during homeroom period on Valentine’s Day. The pretty cheerleader girls always got delivered multiple flowers. Since I never had a boyfriend all throughout high school, it pretty much sucked, plus as art major goths we thought the tradition was stupid. But my friends and I would buy each other sympathy flowers anyway so at least we didn’t walk around school flowerless all day and unloved. I know the gesture is nice, but don’t school administration remember what it’s like to be a teenager where everything ends up being a popularity contest?

Thanks to everyone who ordered treats for their Valentine’s this year – it was our biggest Valentine’s Day yet so it definitely kept Mark busy in the kitchen all week. And because Valentine’s prep week always coincides with Mia’s birthday week (’cause ya know birthdays just drag on for days), the beginning of February is always hectic.

We survived another birthday party, the first drop off party we’ve hosted. We had 14 girls over for Valentine’s Day card making, cookie decorating, pin the arrow on the heart playing, fun. The girls were sweet and well behaved and surprisingly didn’t dump every toy basket all over the floor (in fact, the girls’ room remained intact – a birthday miracle!). The trick is to have almost every minute of the 2 hour party scheduled with activities or else they start running amuck and that’s when mayhem can ensue, but Mark and I kept it pretty much in control with him muttering, “we’re never doing this again” only once (oh c’mom Mark, you know we’re going to have to do this again). The only time I got really scared was when Mark brought out the cake and to get everyone’s attention, started singing “Happy Birthday” really loudly which then gave the girls permission to continue singing very loudly. Imagine 14 little girls singing at the top of their lungs and for some strange reason, channeling Ethel Merman while they’re at it, and I guarantee you’d be scared too.

So we’re done with our rough week and we don’t have to think about birthday parties again for another 8 months. Mia, however, gets to go to another birthday tonight – a sleepover party, in fact. I hear 7 girls are coming over and sleeping on one big multiple airbed mattress in the living room. Those parents are brave.

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  • Rowaida Flayhan February 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful photos and birthday! God bless your family

  • SY February 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    What a fun party! Our oldest is going to be 10 in two weeks and we aren’t brave enough to have a sleepover at our house. Instead we are going to the local Embassy Suites and getting connecting rooms–we’ll see how much sleep we have with 6 boys jumping around. BTW, can somebody please make me that cake for my birthday, it’s lovely!

  • Laura February 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    14 girls??? No, you’re the brave one!!!

  • Wendy February 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    this cake is huuuuuge. and seems very yummi πŸ™‚

  • Dana February 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I looove MiaΒ΄s outfit! and the cake look absolutely aaaaaawesome!
    yikes, what a stylish bunch you are

  • Lani February 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Good job all of you! I wish I’d had even a teaspoon of your creativity when planning parties for my kids. mmf.

  • Neighbor Amy February 13, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I love the pic title bday8. How you captured Mia right there, in that mid-blow-out and Ella soooo excited behind her, is just amazing. What an eye. I bow down to you Jenna.

  • style fare February 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Happy birthday to your dear Mia! That is one gorgeous cake – I would have loved that as a kid (heck, I’d love that now).

    And omg, I totally forgot about those carnations in high school!!

  • Annie From Seattle February 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Is that a…a….a….RED VELVET CAKE? Wow. That’s pretty much my favorite thing on the planet. I can’t imagine how good a “mark” red velvet cake would be.
    Happy birthday, Miss Mia. It’s awfully fun to watch you grow up sweet, smart, and creative!

  • Jenna February 14, 2011 at 12:52 am

    @annie. it is, but with white chocolate raspberry mousse filling ’cause that’s what mia wanted.

  • alely February 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

    oh, how loveLee your blog is! found you through Chantale P. and i’m so glad i did! i love her she’s a sweetie! anyhoo, can’t wait to find time and peruse through your eye candy blog! Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy to meet you….oh, and hey we’re not big on V day either…you can see it in my post for the day.


  • sarah February 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

    My junior high did the exact same thing with roses on valentines day. I completely forgot until you mentioned it. If I remember correctly different clubs would do them as fundraisers. Now that I think back, what the heck were they thinking??? It really was a big popularity contest, but my group of friends all bought into it and sent them to everyone, boys & girls. So, I suppose that made it a bit less painful πŸ™‚

  • sarah February 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    did you go to LaGuardia H.S.? I went there and they also had that horrible carnation V-day tradition πŸ™‚

  • Esther (Oefshop) February 15, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Love the cake !!!

  • bronwyn February 15, 2011 at 8:08 am

    OMG!!! My school did the flower thing too, only we did it like every 2 months. And yes, I remember the cheerleaders walking around with armfuls of flowers. The worst was getting a flower from some random person who uses flower day to tell you they like you. And when you’re super shy and awkward and don’t really date and aren’t really interested in the sender, it makes for the worst day ever. Avoiding the sender and answering the question “Oooh, who sent you that?” Ugh! Can you tell I’m traumatized?

    Anyway, Mia’s party looks so fun. You guys did a great job! I see the gold dress is being put to good use. I love the picture of her setting up. Happy birthday to Mia!

  • Jenna February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    @sarah – I didn’t go to Laguardia. Guess lots of schools had this tradition, from the sound of it.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie February 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Love your photos and your girls are so gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  • Megan Champion February 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I will NEVER forget my 7th birthday, my parents let me have my first (and last) sleepover.

    My 4 brothers harassed me and my 6 little friends all night but omg, it was so much fun.

    I think every time my parents got to sleep, they were jolted up in high pitched squeals followed by the actions of a 5 year old boy.

    We petted my hamster so much we gave it a heartattak and it died, but the girls and I gave it a proper burial in the backyard.


    what fun.

  • Donna February 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    My daughter and can’t take our eyes off that cake. Is there a recipe you could share–or at least direct us to–for that cake? Pretty please? With buttercream on it? (Loved the description of the girls channeling Ethel Merman!)