Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pinterest and All the Pressure

The E's have a Valentine's Day party today at school.  It's their first school party.  Once I got the newsletter and read parents were invited I panicked a bit.  I really don't know any of the other parents.  We've chatted while coming or going, but that's all.  I know all but 1-2 of the kids are stay at home kids. I am worried their moms/dads are going to come up with amazing handmade Valentines and treats. 

Whoever created Pinterest should get punched in the bush.  Sure, there are wonderful tutorials and do it yourself ideas, but it puts so much pressure on parents!!  Homemade is all the rage. Damn it, I don't have time to be crafty all the time.  I feel like I'm under a lot of pressure to make amazing homemade everything for the twins, entertain them with crafty activities all day and throw amazing parties thanks to Pinterest.  I hate it.

I don't have the time or energy to create homemade Valentines this year.  Sorry, Evan and Ella. So we went to Target and picked out Valentines. Evan picked out Minion valentines and Ella picked out Frozen. Big surprise! We got some Valentine themed pretzels to pair with them.  I got all those assembled yesterday and decided it was too plain.  I quickly made up some cute bags to put them in.

Now the most tricky part, the snack!  I was worried about the treat we are supposed to bring.  Are these parents health freaks?  Will they be all judgey if I don't make something from scratch?  I know, I know, I shouldn't care, but I do.  I'm the person who cares what other people think.  We are mostly healthy with our food choices for the E's, but I'm okay with them having a cookie now and then. Would other moms feel this way?  Well, it turns out finding a healthy treat that a 2 year old can eat is not easy.  This is what I came up with: sugar cookies topped with strawberry Greek yogurt and fruit.  Geeze these things were tedious to make.  These two year olds will eat these cookies.  I will make them after what I went through to make them.

Anyway, I picked up a shift at work tonight and I am fighting some kind of sinus thing.  I have a headache and some congestion in my sinuses.  I thought it might be some early allergies, but I'm afraid I'm fighting off a sinus infection.  Great.  I'm not at all in the mood to go deal with a room of wild toddlers, the wildest who will be mine.  Thankfully, the husband is coming to their party too.  He works across the street from their school.  It will be a huge help to have someone else there to help me manage the Duo.  They are making floats and a craft and snacking.  Maybe we'll make it out without being covered in paint and soaked from a float.

I need to get myself together and go celebrate Valentine's Day!  Let's hope these are decent non-judgey parents!!


S said...

Those snacks look yummy!

I agree with you about Pinterest. I am not crafty AT ALL, and it just makes me feel bad.

You went to more trouble than I did: I just bought a box of Batman Valentines at Target (at the boys' request) with temporary tattoos included and called it a day. My biggest effort was writing all their classmates' names on them. :-)

Anonymous said...

Those snacks are great, nobody is judging you!!!! Forget it, forget pinterest! Don't even look at that site anymore for parenting stuff! There will be people who will do things like that, and then there are the rest of us.

Jules said...

Who has time to look at Pinterest? Isn't this what Target's for? So did they eat the cookies? Inquiring minds want to know!