Birthday Blessings

Friday December 3, 2010
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Yesterday was my thirty-somethingth birthday.  If there was ever a question as to whether I have reached my mid-thirties, I’m clearly there now.

While in many ways, it was just a regular, schlep-the-kids-around kind of day, there were plenty of little touches to make the day special.

For starters, there were adorable cards from the kids.

I wasn’t feeling the love the night before my birthday when they were working on them in their room.

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But they made my heart sing when they shared the fruit of their labor the following day.

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Mom.  Happy Birthday.  Have a good birthday.  I will obey.

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And then, there was this gem of a card from the hubs.

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It reads:

This coupon entitles barer* 2 free hours of recipe organizing by nationally unknown sensation XfitDad.

Delightfully thoughtful, I fully plan on taking him up on this extraordinary offer.

The bulk of the day was much the same as usual, except for the many many salutations I received on Facebook.  I cannot believe how many people took time to drop a little note.  Such a small thing but totally made my day.  Thanks FB friends!

Around 4:30, things got busy in a good way.  Grandad came over to deliver his birthday greetings in person.  Then Aunt Melissa & Owen came over.  Mike had recruited Mel’s to watch the kids so he and I could grab dinner out.   Soon after, Mike walked in the door, and he wasn’t empty handed…

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The cupcakes were made my an associate of his co-worker — they were delish!

I got my birthday song, candles, and  a small dose of chaos before we headed out for an early dinner.

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We went to Ray’s Hellburger (Too) —  an upscale burger joint, perhaps best known for it’s presidential patron.  It was good, but the real treat was being met by friends Maggie & James who took time out their busy lives to join us for dinner.

We wrapped up early so that I could get to church to help set-up for a Friday morning Christmas brunch for the moms group I am involved in.   Mike was great, he came along for the ride and lent his assistance.  It was a nice time of fellowship with sweet ladies and my man.

All in all a great night.   Far better, I think, than what Mel enjoyed.   We came home and learned she had endured:

  • four wild and crazy kids running laps around the house,
  • a 20 minute search and rescue mission for a lost Lammie,
  • a blowout poopie diaper that required a bath,
  • and a goose egg of a knot on her own child after a tumble down the stairs.

And in addition to all that, she even tackled the mountain of clean laundry that was hiding our king-sized bed.   Mel deserves a medal!

Thanks to all who made the day of my birth a special one.  I am truly blessed!

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