Monday, March 17, 2014

Birthday, Take I

Happy Birthdays to Us!

Once upon a time, Audrey and Megan decided to throw a party for Dad. I gradually convinced them that it wouldn't be quite as fun for him to invite only young men and high priests (instead of his group of friends that are actually in his generation) and that it would make sense if I was invited, too. They eventually determined that the whole thing would be a lot more fun for them if they invited married people with kids so everyone could have someone to play with.

Well, that's all cool, other than the fact that they arranged all of this about a month ago. Then we all forgot about it.

It was only Saturday night when I determined that I did, in fact, want some sort of birthday party and invited a handful of friends over for dinner and games...and haircuts, as it turned out.

I cut Dan's hair while teaching Allison how, then Allison cut Andrew's hair, all while Chris did a puzzle with Tim, Charisse, Seth and the girls and Jess watched. We're talking high adventure party here, people. I was quite entertained.

On my actual birthday, I had two of my favorite things first thing in the morning: a new St. Patrick's Day shirt and green rice krispie treats. I own several holiday shirts and I'd been wearing them all week up to the day, but had many, many debates out loud with myself about which I would rewear on the day itself. Chris finally caved and gave me my present early--he didn't want me stressing over shirts OR finding a solution to my debate when he had already bought me a brand new shirt.

Jane dressed up, too. Options are slightly limited when the school requires uniforms and green is not an approved clothing color, but I think she and Dad pulled it off well. I didn't know what they did until later because I got to sleep in. Yay!

Festivities included a birthday lunch (thanks, Sarah, for babysitting) and driving around neighborhoods looking at houses and talking about what we want to have someday--our version of a briefcase talk. We got home and checked the mail only to find...

Frozen! I had pre-ordered it from the Disney Movie Club and it arrived a day before it was actually released in stores. Fantastic. Perfect birthday afternoon entertainment.

I was also quite excited (more, really) to receive a package from Amazon. We have been building/re-vamping our 72 hour kits and recently ordered a large amount of items for that. My personal favorite, which is both for the kits and just for me, is a CASE of Natural Ice chapstick. Ah, heaven.

Rounded out the day with my all-time favorite dinner of spaghetti and garlic bread (and milk, of course). Green beans included (we never eat them because everyone hates them except me--Chris's legacy to his children).

In the midst of all the excitement of the day, we kind of forgot about opening my other presents until after the kids were in bed. Whoops. Two gifts, from Lisa and Amy--a scarf and an alabaster shamrock paper weight.

Happy Birthday to me! For two whole days, I am a year older than Chris.

1 comment:

Liz, Karl, Madison, Brooklyn and Aubrey said...

Sounds like the day was a success. And good for Chris for solving the shirt issue for you. What a great guy!