Today has been a GREAT day! It’s birthday season around our place, and today I celebrated turning 30! How does that happen? Jared & I had been making plans to go out - just the two of us - but when it came right down to it, we both wanted to be together as a family.
I started a birthday tradition with our kiddos a few years back (something that was done when I was growing up): waking up to a birthday gift at the end of your bed on birthday morning. I didn’t think much of it until I woke up this morning to a giant Tinker Bell gift bag at the end of my bed full of notes, pictures, paintings, poems, & a few photos that highlighted some of their favorite moments with me. It was one of the sweetest things my girls have ever done for me - it nearly brought me to tears. I know they worked really hard on it. We sat at the end of my bed this morning going through each item in the bag - giggling & talking about how hard they had worked on everything while squeezing each other for a job well done.
A picture in the bag of A & I (Chuck E. Cheese photo booth on C’s birthday last month):
I took the kids to one of our favorite parks this afternoon - the wind nearly blew us away - but we soaked up what sunshine we could and ran through the water on the aquatic pad. My favorite part was right before I got wet; Gabe took off my flip flops while I was sitting on the grass, grabbed my hand, and pulled me up as best as he could like - 'you’re not getting out of here dry, mama.’ SO I found my inner child & ran through the cold water squealing like a crazy person. Classic. :)
I had some quiet time today, too. My neighbor is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and her daughter & my girls have become such good friends. We share back fence lines, & now that it’s summertime, those three girls play their hearts out. They happened to get together outside today right during Gabe’s nap time which gave me some birthday peace. ;) I really appreciate having them in our life.
We finished the day off with some ribs at Tony Roma’s, and wow - it was divine. I’ve been there maybe three times in my entire life, & it was the best birthday meal yet. The very fact that I didn’t have to cook & do dishes tonight was heaven. :) 30 feels amazing, and I know this sounds cliche, but I’m excited for the decade ahead!!! Thirty, flirty, & thriving! Oh yeah.