My baby girl turned 8 years old this week and I’m blown away more and more by each passing birthday at how rapidly it all flies by.
2nd grade is when we end the big parties so we went out with a big fun bang. We had a sunny and glorious afternoon in which we celebrated my baby girl at a local amusement park with a small group of 23 children! It truly was a spectacular day and everyone had fun!
Though it pains me that she is getting older, her birthday is always so joyous on the long Memorial day weekend during one of my favorite seasons. :) Did you have a nice extended weekend?
Last weekend we celebrated my mother’s 79th birthday…how great does she look!?
And I remind you that my dad, who doesn’t like his age revealed, took us all away on a big trip to Mexico last summer to celebrate his BIIIIIG birthday!!! (Seriously if I looked like them I would tell everyone in sight my age!)
To celebrate, we gathered my sister, my brother, spouses, kids and my brother’s friend and we took over half of a little Italian restaurant.
Because really that’s all my mom wants….to have all her family in one place. And since it happens so infrequently, we took just a few pictures…
Love my little poser in the foreground!
How do you celebrate family member’s birthdays?
I truly love this month. The days get longer. Everything starts to get greener and warmer, and my most favorite season is coming around the corner. It’s also the month my little surprise baby was born just 18 months after I gave birth to TWINS.
It just makes me love this month even more. And for the last week or so we’ve been celebrating this little red head and the fact that, as she said to me last night she’s “been alive for seven years!!!”
The festivities started with what’s probably now our 3rd party held at Chuck E Cheese. My kids cannot get enough of that place!
They really have a good time, and the birthday girl was thrilled.
We continued the celebration over the next week by playing some family golf, going to the beach, and partaking in our traditional birthday hibachi meal.
We ended up celebrating for days and days but I guess that’s how it should be when you turn 7 years old huh? :)
I want to appreciate this very second, where on this morning my 6 year tip toes in my room and says “Mommy can I come into bed and snuggle with you?” I know the seconds are running away faster than I can catch them. I know it won’t be long before the kids won’t want to cuddle. I’m seeing more and more of the eye rolling from the older ones as I hear about how annoying I am.
Yesterday was their dad’s birthday.
They were so excited and those moments are what our birthdays are all about….
Have a wonderful weekend :)
You wake up on your birthday to kisses and squeals of delight. Any disdain you may feel about aging is replaced by the excitement of your kids as they present you with handmade cards and goodies that they tell you they worked really, really, hard on.
They tell everyone throughout the day that it’s their mommy’s birthday…teachers, friends, strangers…and try their hardest to demonstrate their best behavior of the year.
Over a special dinner celebration the kids tell the waiters it’s mom’s birthday too and to make sure to bring her a candle…….which they argue over who will blow out (and it sometimes it has to be re lit several times). :)
It’s my idea of a perfect birthday. :)
Last week my twins celebrated another birthday. It doesn’t feel like a whole year has passed since they turned 7!!!
I had told them last year that in third grade we would be stopping the big bashes. Fall birthdays are rough as the friendships are still new…I’m over inviting half the class but if they just invite a few friends to a little celebration I worry about feelings being hurt. And the stress is all magnified times two…so…
In lieu of parties we did a quick overnight to Great
Germ Wolf Lodge because my kids cannot get enough of that place. The good news is that it was a great time to go as it was empty but the bad news was that I couldn’t breathe and my asthma kicked up bad this time in there. Because it was so empty we rode on every ride one thousand and one times. (It was a great time to go but honestly I don’t know that I’m ever able to return…my breathing was that bad…)
Both coming and going we stopped at Cracker Barrel restaurant because we don’t have any around here and it’s now part of our GW Lodge routine. I really love those Chicken N Dumplins and the kids of course just love to go crazy in that store. I got a lot of good ideas for holiday gifts for the kids.
On the actual birthday, one twin’s teacher allowed me to visit, the other allowed instructed me only to send in treats. My daughter wanted those number custom 8 Dunkin Donuts because “no one does cupcakes in 3rd grade MOM”. I did have loads of fun visiting my son in his classroom. We played a game and then I made sure to embarrass him by showing all his classmates this adorable baby picture!
That night we did our birthday tradition of going out for Japanese hibatchi…it’s always a lot of fun.
I’m still getting a little choked up looking at the baby picture….how does time seem to moving faster as they get older?
My dad has a giant huge milestone birthday today. He doesn’t like to me to talk about the number, but I will tell you it starts with an 8 :).
I told him that if I aged as well as he has I would shout my age from rooftops as I am half his age and feeling so weathered and run down already.
Anyway, we had a nice little family gathering for him yesterday, but as per usual around my kids there was no chance he could blow out his own candles!
Happy birthday dad!!!!!!!!!!
How can it be?
I was so blessed to have had the experience of one baby after having twin babies…my little red headed “surprise” who completed the family in a way that we could have never comprehended.
My husband thinks I’m mental but I do get heavy hearted on my children’s birthdays.
I was reminded about this poem and it seemed so relevant to think about today:
On Children Kahlil Gibran
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
So beautiful…just like my 6 year old :)
with our newest addition to the family…
The kids were so excited to celebrate their dad’s birthday today. We met him at the train station where he was the envy of all the other forlorn commuters when my 3 little curly hairs spotted and raced to him to tackle him in a four-way hug.
When we got home he was presented with a wonderful array of cards and gifts.
Gifts including 5 children’s library books, a few pieces of Trident gum, and a mini soccer ball. :)
Then we set out for a Hibachi dinner which seems to be turning into a family tradition. The kids were so excited to run in and tell the hostess that today is their dad’s birthday!
It seems to me that he got a lot of good birthday love.
Do you have any family birthday traditions?
Yesterday was my birthday. The kids were so excited. They raced into my room with kisses and wanted to be first to wish me a happy day. They gave me a lot of delicious hugs and love and I just can’t get over how excited they get to celebrate me!
Of course once I opened my eyes I realized that my daughter had 2 stickers on her face.
“Stickers for your birthday Mommy!”
Given that she had just come from her bed I deduced that she HAD GONE TO SLEEP WITH STICKERS ON HER FACE. I work one day a week, on Monday nights, and somehow, I always end up dealing with strangeness on Tuesday mornings as a result. Strangeness like stickers adhered to skin leaving heart marks…
But once the kids got off to school I was able to go kickboxing for the first time in 2 weeks which was great.
Seriously that flu knocked me over and I STILL don’t feel 100%. But it didn’t damper all the love I felt on my birthday, which was awesome.
The little one even mustered up a tantrum to make my day complete. :)