Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Copy Cat Cousin Celebrations......

As my siblings' families and mine have grown through the years, the challenge of remembering all the nieces and nephews' birthdays and getting gifts and cards sent has proven a little challenging, as in, I was getting most of those cards and gifts sent, oh, about 68 days late, on average. To that end, we have developed a party plan that has lined up perfectly in theology with Octamom Law #345, which reads, "Multi-task at the highest level, at all times, except when it involves going potty while brushing your teeth..." We celebrate all the kids' birthdays at once during the summer in a big blowout, thereby combining the elements of birthdays, reunions, retention of personal gift bag collections, and, of course, the heavy consumption of pizza.

While I would love to claim inventor and copyright status on this soiree, I must confess that the idea comes from one of my sister-in-laws, whose family has been following this model for years. They call it 'Cousin Birthday Party', which, no offense, but seems a little bit of a yawn of a title to me. So, we did a little more plagarizing and stole the 'Festivus' moniker from Kramer's family on Seinfeld. So it is that we engaged in a Festivus celebration last week while on the road trip. I've posted the result here so that you too can share in the joy, the tradition, and of course, the rules of engagement. I would try to claim proprietary rights, but seeing that we stole the idea and then borrowed the title....

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