5 Years: A Slice of Life

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Writing teachers need to write themselves.
I am participating in the Slice of Life 2015 Challenge, 
where I attempt to write stories and narratives about moments in my life.
I apologize if this blog post veers off the informative "literacy lens" I usually write through.
This month I am pretending to be a writer, for my students' benefit (and my own).
Writers write. 

     The doorbell rings.  

     "Mom!!  Where are the party hats?  My guests are here!" 

     One after another, our closest friends and family put on Minecraft party hats as they were greeted at the door.  My daughter was really concerned with getting the perfect party hats yesterday so we went to Party City to find ones, because we can't have a party with out them (even if they don't sell Minecraft ones).  I was up until early this morning adding the finishing touches to the party.  Today, she made me decorate hers again with a 5 and her name, to make it extra special.  She is, after all, the Birthday Girl.

     All week, we had been preparing things for the big event.  We made decorations with Steve and the Creepers, and a pin the carrot on the pig game.  We made treat boxes with Minecraft-ish things inside, like a blow up torch and diamond bubbles.  We even picked out candy for her first ever piñata and she has been SO excited about that.  

     Today was the day we got to decorate her cake with all her mini figurines.  She blew out her candles before we sang to her because she was so excited that she forgot about the song.  We let her do it again.

     Today was the day she dressed up like a dragon halfway through her party, because she was playing dress up with her cousin, Abby.  She kept it on for games and presents.

     Today was the day that she got to play her party games, and whack that piñata as hard as she could.  She is one fierce little dragon.

     Today was the day that she finally got to have ditalini noodles for dinner at her party.  Her favorite!  She also had 2 (little) pieces of cake...

     Today is the day that she couldn't pick her favorite present because "they were all pretty good."  And she meant it.  Even the duplicates made her giggle with joy.  

     Today is the day that we celebrated my 5 year old.  I'm just not sure how 5 years went by so fast.


  1. Happy Birthday!

    Sounds like you threw her an amazing party! I'm three years away from having a five year old and I just can't imagine but I bet it'll be here before I know it.

    Minecraft is an interesting party theme, I didn't know five year olds played that. Haha. But great party. I'm sure she'll remember it for years and years.

    1. She doesn't play it as much as she pretends to play it to be like my son. But, she wanted it. :) Can't argue with an independent 5 year old.

  2. I loved the repetition of Today...especially in the last line, when you reflect on yesterday. Nice job!