It’s funny how things change as you get older. Take birthdays, for instance. We run quite the range of ages in my house: 36, 35 (yep, I’m his Mrs. Robinson for the next few weeks), 14, 12, and 2, and we all celebrate a bit differently.
For Alli, who will be three in a few months, it seems to be all about her. Everytime we talk about birthdays, she says, “It’s my birthday!” She doesn’t really seem to care about what kind of cake or specific presents as long as they’re HERS. Alli’s birthday theme is “ME! ME! ME!”
In Sydney’s case, the theme is “change.” She’s at the weird “tween ” phase when she’s too old for cutsie character decorations, but she doesn’t want a full-on girlie girl spa party. Boys are just okay, and full-on giggly sleepovers are just the thing! I expect next year to be vastly different.
“Independence” is the name of the game for Aubrey. She’s already put in her birthday request: manicures, dinner, and shopping time at the mall with her friends … with no adult supervision. She wants to do things on her own, and even though it makes me a little sad, I know that I’ve raised a good girl and that I can trust her and her friends to behave. (I’ll be clinching my cell phone the whole time anyways, but hey! I am a mom!)
My theme? Family. I know it sounds crazy, but on my birthday I realized that I love my family more with each passing year! You think when your kids are born that your heart will burst from all the love and that it just can’t get any bigger. You’re wrong. I’ve been a mom for almost 15 years now, and each year, each day, each MOMENT it seems the love just grows! I also realized something that I sometimes take for granted. They love me so much, too! It read all through the details of my day.
Aubrey streamered my door and blew up 36 balloons. She stood outside my bedroom door when she heard my alarm go off, and she giggled when I opened it up to see my surprise. It’s funny because even at 36 I looooooove party decorations! Colorful, bright, and silly! What’s not to love! The party decorations ran over into my birthday cake, too. Atop the most delicious cake I’d ever had were candles and party blowers and curly ribbons! Like a party on TOP of my cake! Sydney even wrapped each part of her gift to me individually in bright blue streamers! It.was.AWESOME!
At the end of the day, when Josh and I were getting ready for bed, I asked if he knew about Aubrey’s plan to decorate my door, and he said, “Of course! It was the first thing the kids said when we went shopping. ‘Can we buy decorations?’ They knew you’d like it.”
You know, I had an amazing birthday. I got the perfect presents. A beautiful bouquet of flowers was delivered to my front door, and I got more birthday well wishes than I could even count, but that single moment took a wonderful day to a whole new level of perfection! Just knowing they were really thinking about about what would make me happy was the best gift anyone could have ever given me.
But I’ll be real. The cake was a close second.