Friday, February 6, 2015

The Schwartz's vs Sarah's 5th Birthday

Sarah's birthday is in December, but as a reminder, we don't do birthday party celebrations until the end of January or early February.  For now, I do it out of convenience and to help Sarah separate the two events.  She gets confused.

So this year we had a family dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Schwartz's house and enjoyed some delicious food and cake.  The cake was very special.  Over the summer Lorna showed us a picture of an amazing ballerina birthday cake and asked if she could try making it for Sarah for her birthday.  Sarah loved it.  And I stressed and stressed over trying to plan some elaborate ballerina themed birthday party.  Then I finally just admitted to myself, I don't like doing that.  So we enjoyed the beautiful cake at the family dinner instead and everyone (being me) was happy with that decision.  

Now before I start sharing pictures, I want to say Sarah is by far the BEST gift receiver.  I probably buy her things more often then I should because she is so genuinely excited and grateful for anything you give her.  Even when she thinks it's just a box of Fiber One bars...

So excuse the onslaught of Sarah opening presents pictures.  

Thank you Aunt Melissa and Uncle Adam for the new Elsa dress

And the ballerina puzzle

Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for all the new doll house furniture.

Two of my favorite guys

Ok, so part of why Sarah's birthday wasn't until February was because I lost her present.  I bought it last June when there was a big sale and put it away.  Then when I went to get it out of the hidey hole I couldn't find it.  I was super stressed about it, and eventually found it in the hidey hole behind some boxes of Kleen-ex. 

Someone trim this girls bangs!

It's a pink iPad!

Thanks mom!

Only loaded with educational apps.

 Before you judge me for what we decided to get her.  We carefully discussed and debated this decision.  Sarah and I have been struggling to do some kindergarten prep work.  And I am terrified at how far behind she is when I compare her to her peers.  I've tried to work with her but I get so frustrated so quickly and it gets ugly and then neither of us are happy.  She enjoys playing with my iPad but will do the bare minimum of what I ask so that she can play all the other games I downloaded in the early days.  So her iPad ONLY has educational apps on it.  And she's good with that.  She hasn't even asked where her princess sticker game is on hers (cause it's not there).

So far I've been really impressed with how she's handling it.  I was worried about her begging for it all the time and whining when the time was up.  But she hasn't done either.  Every now and then she'll ask if she can have some iPad time and depending on the situation I tell her yes or no and she excepts the answer either way.

Her favorite apps right now are Brain Pop, Jr. and Endless Alphabet.  I do have to prompt her to do Hooked on Phonics but she never complains when I ask her to work on that.

I have noticed that she recognizes more letters now and even when she doesn't know a letter's name she can sometimes tell me its sound instead.

So I'm happy with the decision we've made.  Cody is a little jealous.  He whines to use my iPad more often.  But he's getting better.  And who knows, if they ever go on ridiculous sale again we might get one for him and put it away until he's 5.  I just will make sure I put a sign on the kleex-ex to remind me where it is.

And now birthday cake:

So, I forgot candles.  We had to use matches.  Classy, right?

Happy Birthday Sarah!


  1. I think the ipad is a great present! And there are some really great educational apps out there now. My niece's class at school uses ipad minis for some educational activities and it really helps to make learning fun for them.

  2. I think the iPad is a great present, Jack learns much more proficiently on a techno format that with anything else. You have to do what works for your kid! I know that feeling well of comparing your kid to their peers. Don't do it. I know, easy for me to say since I already lived this process, but I really made myself sick for no reason and you told me through the whole thing I was worried for nothing and that Jack wasn't as dumb as I claimed, lol. Sarah is very smart and you are worried for nothing. Again, I know that's easy for me to say now that I'm sitting on the other side of Kindergarden, but it's true. And I love her excitement with the Fiber ONE box. Classic!