I had a fabulous birthday weekend.
First, I spent the whole, long 4th of July weekend writing at a terrific little “beach getaway” with my sister-in-law, nephew, and my hubby and kids. Then I took a few additional days off and just enjoyed the time to officially welcome summer.
The best part of birthdays, though, is always what cute things my kids do. The teens are older, now, and not as silly (although I have many fond memories of seranades with 4th grade violin-playing, “concerts” performed by grade-schoolers, and breakfast in bed run by a “restaurant” of people under 4 feet tall).
But Nate is still of an age where he wants to put together “special” table decorations and make the day really memorable. He will run out into the front yard to find hibiscus or daisies and put them in little vases (usually a drinking cup from the cupboard). This picture was from a previous birthday when he set the coffee table up like a restaurant, complete with a comforter as a tablecloth.
Here were my favorite things from this year:
- Having Nate turn around when we were on Balboa Pier (and I was a victim of some fierce winds off the pier, with my hair “twist” falling down and my bangs blowing all over the place) and saying, “You look really pretty, Mom, with your hair all [*made a motion all around his head.*]”
- Having my 13-year-old daughter get out of the car at Fashion Island (a super high-end shopping mall where I never feel I belong) and telling me (after I was patting said “twist” back into place after more ocean winds), “Your hair always looks good.” [Note: This is not REMOTELY true, but it was very sweet!]
- Having my 16-year-old son point to a picture in a “celebrity” magazine, to a very-young celeb mom who was wearing frumpy clothes, “Wow, she dresses more like a mom than you do!” [I know, I know. … Not much. But trust me, from a 16-year-old boy, this is a compliment!! And, you see, I desperately need to hear these things on birthdays past 40. …]
- Looking up from my home desk out the window in the evening and seeing Superman walking up the front steps after work with a bouquet of flowers and a birthday cake! [Bonus points for the fact that one of the filler flowers looked exactly like the fireworks we saw the other night!]
- Nate giving me a coupon in the morning for “Kisses and Hugs Whenever I Want.” He explained that normally I ask for kisses and hugs when he comes in, or when he’s going to bed, or when I think he looks cute (all true), but he assured me that this coupon would not limit me to those mundane instances. I could get a kiss or hug “whenever.” : ) [Hilariously, though, it had an expiration date of July 11, so I need to make as much use of it as possible until then!]
Birthdays like this are always the best. …
Have you had your child say or do something that just “made your day” on a birthday?