As my birthday week, yes WEEK, draws to a close I can’t help but wish we would celebrate my birthday month! Haha
I’ve been telling people that as I get older, my birthday tends to last longer and longer! Hey, why not!?
This time around it doesn’t feel like I’ve gained a year. In fact I’ve felt like I should have been 28 for the past 6 months. Or at least I wasn’t pouting about turning a year closer to the big 3.0! (I do find it funny that I’ve been pregnant two birthday’s in a row now.)
I was rightfully surrounded by my lovelies. Kissed on by my lovelies, sang to by my lovelies and given gifts from my lovelies.
It seems that each year my kids get more and more excited when it’s my birthday. Somehow it makes their day brighter and happy. Going to school and then coming back home is somehow over-exciting!
I was greeted in the morning with such urgency you would think that I was late for an important appointment! They just wanted me to open their gifts but I like to draw things out when it comes to my day of attention, so I told them we had to wait til we made a cake after school. This put a skip to their hop, as making a cake after school isn’t taken lightly!
Then to see that my phone was literally buzzing with messages left me as excited as the kids!
I was thoroughly loved on. Three messages left me in tears and had me reading in almost disbelief over and over what the closest people to me, see in me.
These are the type of things that get me. Nothing can make you feel as confident and well cared for like someone taking the time to come out and write something sweet and beautiful just for you. To think I had so many different people, from so many different places wishing me a happy birthday and such. They are love notes indeed!
My lovely husband then told me to get dressed, handing me my new red Tom shoes(I walked in on him ordering them the week before but I was still very pleased to have them) telling me he was going to take me window shopping/store strolling down our pretty Main Street. This is a treat indeed as my husband usually tries to avoid our touristy parts of town. He, Samwise, and I spent the rest of our morning just roaming store to store. Never purchasing anything just mosying about. I did find a historical wall in one of the stores that claimed that the Bonnie and Clyde gang had robbed that same building in the 30’s taking ammo and rifles. I found that interesting!
We then made our way to the corner of Lincoln Street where my old working grounds at Linen’s and More is. I had a wonderful chance to catch up with my past co-workers and introduce them to my son. Before I left sweet Debbie handed me a gift for my birthday. Some lovely milk infused lip balm. Very smooth and soothing, smells delicious as well!
As we finished up our walk we decided to take a road trip down some back roads-another special treat for me as I love those kinds of rides. Before we headed out we stopped in at my brother’s house.
Not only did we have a fun visit but my brother gifted me with the movie Romancing the Stone, a favorite we watched on the farm as kids. My family ended up watching it together that night even though there are some scenes I had to distract the kids from. ;)
On top of that my brother’s wife aka my sister-in-love comes in with a bag of gifts for me! Nothing like surprise gifts to get you excited! I’ve already used most of my specially picked out inscents. There also was a pint glass that my husband and I had pointed out during our window shopping ironically in the gift bag as well! With earrings and head jewelry to top off a lace fringe vest dress! If you love Rebekkah, you know she loves fringe! My brother married the most awesome person alive! I definitely felt pretty wearing my new things.
After our road cruise the girls were done with school and they were ready to bake our cake!
It was a lovely butter pecan layer cake with cream cheese icing- with yellow and pink sprinkles on top! The girls were very pleased with themselves and I was very pleased to stuff my face with their cake and to open up my Burts Bee’s gifts from each of my children.
I had 30 dollars left over from my grocery budget and chose to be completely selfish and buy both my husband and myself a curry dinner that night. Nothing like a birthday to give you an excuse to indulge! I think it had been a whole year since we got something from that restaurant- well deserve and earned!
As the week progressed I received birthday cards from my bestie, Jessica, as well as from my sweet Mimi who has sent me a card since before I can remember. Then I got a parcel in the mail! With my name written clearly on top! Eek! This was the gift I was told would come from my Arkansas family-in-law!
I ripped into that package with all the fervor of a gladiator! Inside were home sown(an art form I admire) bookmarks a flower tin and two bird figures.
Right away one of the birds went in front of my kitchen window. It looked quite at home with my bird’s nest we kept after a storm and the various bird egg shells my children find and bring to me. I was touched by the thoughtfulness of the gift and thrilled to have so much to open!
Often I feel like the older I get the better birthday’s feel. What I mean by that, is that I feel like my day of birth is a real date of celebration instead of just a glorified day. The only way someone can feel so celebrated and loved is by the way the people around that person make them feel. I’m grateful to have people such as you in my life. People like you who can make someone who generally feels like a shadow on the wall, feel like they are the center piece. Much love and thanks to all those who lift up and love. Y’all are needed in the world, thank you!