A very merry un-birthday to me!  To who?  To me!  Oh, you?  A very merry un-birthday to US!  This Alice in Wonderland scene was played out  at our house over the Christmas holiday.  Now before you get all, “Um WHUT?  You’re having an un-birthday party for your kids? Like three days after the biggest gift-giving extravaganza of the year??”

Um Yup.  You are totally picking up what I’m putting down right now.

Here’s how it all went down… My brother, who I love more than any of the handbags on my bag rack, who used to go Abercrombie & Fitch shopping with me in high school on a weekly basis, and now lives in Florida, only comes back up to Connecticut twice a year- once during the summer, and once for Christmas.  So, whenever he’s here, his nephew and niece, the loving Jake & Livvy, simply cannot get enough of his silly self.  Uncle Tony brings nothing but joy to this home when he comes.  Well, no, wait- he brings more than just joy.  He brings glow bracelets, silly string, crayons, and toys.  Lots and lots of toys. Uncle Tony is your quintessential super hero Uncle who when the mere mention of his name is said,  shrieks of happiness from his adoring fans (Jake & Livvy), erupt in loud bursts.

So now that you know all about Uncle Tony, you can imagine why Jake & Livvy would want him at their respective birthday parties.  On the Tuesday after Christmas, while driving home from preschool, Jake, in a very sad, sad voice said, “Mommy, I wish Uncle Tony could come to by birthday party.  But he will be in Florida……”  I looked back at his forlorn face and said, “Well, how would you like it if we had a little pretend birthday party for you and Livvy tomorrow, so that Uncle Tony can come to your birthday parties?”

and the rest, well, you know………

And that is how this came to be one of the very merriest un-birthdays in the history of un-birthdays.  There was a piñata.  There was a big cake with sprinkles and candles.  There were little presents opened.  There was a gigantic mylar balloon of Chase from Paw Patrol.  There was a glow stick dance party bath time, complete with Uncle Tony’s party music mix.  And there were fireworks.  Shot off in our front lawn after bath time.


How’s that for starting off the new year as the year of YES?  Pretty good, if I do say so myself!