By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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When our kids have birthdays, I love spending a lot of time chatting with them about their theme, activities, decorations, friends to invite, presents, cake, etc. I think it is a wonderful way for us to talk about their likes and dislikes, talk about their friendships, and just spend time together.
Birthday parties are wonderful celebrations, but each has its challenges. Sometimes friends get sick at the last minute. Sometimes best friends have a conflict with another activity. And sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. But this year’s birthday celebrations may be the most unique ones yet.
Our son has a summer birthday. Instead of cancelling or postponing his party, we decided to do it virtually. He choose a couple of friends to invite and each friend received a “surprise birthday bag” with a Lego set, candy and decorations. We bought 2 of each a Lego set so our son could build one at our home while his friend built the same set at theirs.
I was a little nervous about how the kids would enjoy a virtual birthday party, but it was a lot of fun. I’m not sure what the next birthday celebrations will bring, but I’m excited to see what creative options our kids, friends and family members come up with.