Thursday before the Easter holiday weekend, Lucy & Zach’s class held an Easter party complete with decorated eggs & holiday snacks. All the class parents were invited – dare I say encouraged – to attend. In attending, parents can watch their child eat snack then take them home (a couple hours) early. I had missed the party sign up sheet, but I had extra stickers & napkins on hand to provide that morning for the party.
Jason & I (along with my aunt) attended their Halloween party. We left work early to watch them eat snack (& smile at us while also looking like why are you staring at us eat?). Since it was still working hours we then took L & Z by my work to show off their costumes & cuteness before dinner & trick-or-treating.
We went out of town Thursday night to my grandparents’ house at the beach. So instead of using vacation time to attend their Easter party, I met my husband at home, & we finished packing, loaded up our van & went to daycare together. We arrived about 30 mins after he usually picks L & Z up. Out of the 11 toddlers in their class, only 5 were left. But L & Z were the typical thrilled to see us & off we went on our road trip.
I checked out their scribbled Easter bags filled with painted plastic eggs & snacks during the drive. Then I asked them about their party & the eggs. And like typical almost 2 year olds, they had no clue. Did you have a party? No. Did you eat special treats? No. Did you see others’ Mommy & Daddy? No.
So I guess they didn’t miss our absences?! My working Mommy guilt was slightly abated by these answers. I plan to see what I can do to make future ones though – especially when they’re old enough to know & remember us not being there.
We had a blast eating the fruit snacks Thursday night, discovering the stickers in the party eggs Friday morning then having hunts & egg tosses all weekend. Plus running, playing & chasing bubbles on the beach.
L & Z didn’t need us this time at their holiday party to kick off a weekend of fun.
How do you handle your children’s holiday parties? Do you always attend? Never make it? Like us, pick & choose based on your schedules which ones are convenient?