I’m not going to lie, it’s totally been a rougher month around here. Well, compared to this year, I guess it really hasn’t been that bad– but considering I’ve been on a slow upswing, it’s been rough. I know I keep saying it, but we just keep passing around the germs. Before, Alex would usually catch something, then M would get it, then I could fight it off and we’d all get better. Now, since my immune system is off wack, it’s the three of us passing around the germs and the cycle doesn’t start. I don’t know, I guess I really want to save this sick-stuff convo for another post, another day– cause there’s a lot more to it, but for now, I just want to say, I’m pretty happy that we managed to somehow pull together another last minute birthday party around here! Marlowe had requested a hula hoop party a few times lately– which was interesting and easy enough. And I decided I wanted to take it another step further and make it a HULA (hoop) party. You know, luau style 😉 I thought it was a pretty cute idea 🙂

We started the day how we start each of her birthdays, with load of balloons in her room to wake up to. And every year, she seems pretty unimpressed, but we love it and do it anyway 😉 We also made a big ole’ batch of chocolate chip brownies for her to bring to school to share with friends.

I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom // over the weekend, we party prepped and fought off sniffles. We hung up decorations, bought ten million hula hoops, and made a big ole’ batch of sangria.

Every year Marlowe asks for a cake for her birthday. Every year Marlowe hardly eats any of it. This year she ate half her piece of cake— we were impressed 😉

We put up a piñata again this year, but without Jerry to break it, it took quite a bit of time to get all those little arms to break the piñata 😉 Miss Marlowe ended the day, just about the same as she ends any good day, saying “this is the best day ever.” I’d agree, it was a pretty good day. I was mostly out of it all day, cold hardly focus and was foggy as all hell, but when you’re surrounded by friends and/or family who know whats going on, it’s not so bad– they let you be completely out of it without judgement 😉 And hey, the dads got super drunk, so me being sober and foggy was nothing 😉

Unlike the previous years, I pretty much left my camera in another room and only took a small handful of photos, which is, whatever. I think I took just enough to hope she remembers this day and smiles 🙂 And I took a short video of my hula hooping queen! She picks up a hoop maybe once a month, but nails it every time. She can do three/four hoops at a time now– no problem! It’s crazy!

Happy birthday, my pineapple princess <3

Luau decoration are c/o Party City— which were awesome, but I think will be even better when we plan an adult 60’s themed luau party– Mad Men style 😉 


  1. Cutest party idea!! Marlowe is adorable – more vids please! She's the cutest ever. And you are a super cool mom 🙂

  2. It looks like a fantastic party, so glad Marlowe had fun. She's so good at hula hooping! Sorry things weren't great for you healthwise – I hope all of you are able to fight of those germs soon. CJ xx