Brace yourselves, my dears, as we're about to cover 3 months in one post! The keyboard feels so cold and unfamiliar beneath my fingers, and my thoughts that once flowed freely, are trying to break through the dust and cobwebs. But...I'm back in blogland and it feels good to sit and stare at the ole' curser blinking back at me again!
Mama had some fun of her own with some dear friends of her childhood! These two loved me through my high-tops and side pony days, and have provided years of gut-busting laughter and immeasurable fun! Their friendships have blessed my life in more ways than I can count, so to spend time with them when opportunity arises is a no-brainer! And a quick word on Napolese...Double Yum! Okay that was two words, but seriously find myself drooling a little just typing the name!
A sweet capture of a favorite past time of the Peeps in OH. Melts my heart, every-time! Turns out she knows a thing or two about what kids love...because her lap is prime real estate among the "12"! I hope it's a long time before they grow out of fighting over it too!
We celebrated the wonderful *FIVE* years of life that God has so graciously blessed our first born with! He wanted 3 things for his party...seashells, cupcakes and shrimp! (oh, and his posse of teenage friends! I think in his mind he's actually 15 judging by the average age of his guest list) The beach seemed like a fun place for everyone of all ages! I guess that's a luxury you get to enjoy when you live in California. Other than the 3 carloads of STUFF we had to carry out to the chosen location, it was a perfect party spot. Turns out the posse came in real handy, because a crowd of preschoolers and toddlers wouldn't have been as much help in the set-up & clean-up of a beach party! I'm now kicking myself for not getting a group picture of him with all of them!
Bottom line is, birthdays are best when in the company of those you love! It doesn't matter where you are or what you do to celebrate them! And you'll all probably agree with me that somewhere between the ages of 18-25 there is a birthday that changes everything for what you've ever known of as birthdays. They don't hold quite the anticipation that they used to. Oh, they can be special...but I've learned to not expect quite as much as I used to.
I've come to realize that even on birthdays, the day is not my own! There's people around me that need me to serve them, and not to expect them to serve me! This was confusing for me the first couple of years I was a mother! It didn't turn out well when I tried to declare the day as mine and put out cold cereal for all three meals of the day...or shut myself into my Lab to create the day away! There were still dishes, and diapers, and disagreements.
Then it came to me that it's in the joy of serving that I found the best birthday gifts ever received. I can wake up to another day of life, another day older, another day wiser and be blessed by the privilege of having 3 mouths to feed, and hearts to fill! To spend a birthday without them in my life, and do whatever fancied my feathers...wouldn't be nearly as fun!
Well, maybe fun, yes...but not nearly as rewarding! :) Just look at their faces, who wouldn't agree with me!?!
And who wants to guess which of the three is most excited about the birthday gift above?
I'll get back to you with those results after a few trips to the driving range.