Fredericksburg Parent

March 2016

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8 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • March 2016 letter to the readers PUBLISHER Leigh Anne Van Doren Tabitha & Jamie Nelle's mom EDITOR-AT-LARGE Chris Jones Jordan, Quincy, Hayden & Olive's dad OPERATIONS Stephanie Maldonado Julia, Tyler & Aiden's mom BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING Heidi DiEugenio, President, HD Solutions Duke & Dane's mom ADVERTISING & SALES Sheila Giscard Jack's mom DESIGN & PRODUCTION Cheryl Carter, President, Carter Creations Alex, Kate & Jackie's mom WEBMASTER Karen Charney Joshua & Spencer's mom SOCIAL MEDIA Brenda Sapanghila Archer & Maddox's mom CALENDAR Leigha Pecher Jake & Luke's mom COMMUNITY BLOGS Mary Becelia Katherine Laura & Robert Joseph's mom FACEBOOK COMMUNITY Pamela Quinones Corinn, Michael, Isabella & Dalton's mom parent fredericksburg & family Entrepreneur of the Year PROUD FOUNDING MEMBER ADVERTISING PHONE 540/374-1495 E-MAIL CALENDAR & SOCIAL MEDIA E-MAIL EDITORIAL PHONE 540/374-1495 E-MAIL SNAIL MAIL P.O. Box 7884, Fred'bg, VA 22404 The publishers reserve the right to reject any advertisement, editorial or listing that does not meet the publication's standards. No part of this magazine may be reproduced with out permission. Listing and advertising rates are available upon request. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information con- tained herein, however, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Listings and advertisements are subject to typographical errors, ommissions and/or change without notice. For terms and conditions please visit our website at © Copyright 2016 Nurture, Inc. All rights reserved. WRITTEN BY MARY BECELIA LIKE FredericksburgParent SIGN UP TWEET FredericksburgParent PIN fredparent FOLLOW @fredparentmagazine I love kids birthday parties! I enjoy throwing them and, when my kids were smaller, I enjoyed accompanying them. I even like Chuck E. Cheese's parties! And, if we'd ever been invited to one at McDonald's, I suspect I would have enjoyed that, too. My kids are 10 and 13, and over the years we've attended and thrown many parties. Bouncy house, at-home petting zoo, roller skating, slumber party, gymnastics, tubing on the Rappahannock, some simple family parties…I feel like we've seen a good range of celebrations and there's been something fun about each. If you're debating between an at-home party versus an on-site party, I would say it's a toss-up. At-home will probably take more work, but may save you a little money. A destination party will be easier, but generally isn't cheap. Then there is the worst of both worlds (and why we were insane enough try this option two years in a row is a good question): hosting a party at a local park. We had to haul all the goods with us and had no support at the party site. I'll never forget how hot Kenmore Park was the year Joe turned 7. We lugged coolers, pizza, drinks, balls, Frisbees, favors and folding chairs to an open spot. The kids played and ate, Joe opened his gifts and, in a matter of minutes (or so it seemed), we were dragging all the stuff back to our van. But did we learn? No! We repeated our folly the next year, reserving a shelter at Old Mill Park for his June birthday, and almost had a disaster on our hands: tremendous rain and flooding the weekend we initially chose. Fortunately, we were able to move the party a week later and it was a gorgeous, sunny Saturday. We hadn't learned from our Kenmore experience and we still had to haul every last bit of party gear from the van to the shelter! We also had to keep a very close eye on the kids since the river was still high and no one could go wading. We got some good stories from our park parties and great memories — sweat and hauling aside. That's what I wish for you as your kids blow out the candles and welcome another year! Party Parent Confessions

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