To start things off, Bret let me sleep through my alarm and got up with the early-risers. I wouldn’t exactly call it sleeping in – I still got up and got a shower before he left at 7:45…but I certainly got to sleep later than planned!
Then Micah gave me a pink ball (pink because I am a girl…it was one that he had gotten out of a quarter machine a few days before…), Conner informed me of a surprise that I would get later that started with a “c” and ended with an “e”, and Joey made a huge mess of his breakfast. Cereal and blueberry pancakes smeared in his hair. Yuck. Bret made arrangements for babysitters next week and promised to take me shopping. Yippee!
Then Conner told me that we needed party games since today was a birthday party. We should start off with pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Luckily we had some poster board. I got the big brothers started drawing a donkey while I went to lay Joey down for a morning nap. But just a few minutes into it, I had to come referee.
Apparently Micah was not drawing up to Conner’s standards, Conner had flipped the poster over and begun his own, and Micah was understandably mad.
After we got home it was time to get back to business – naps, dinner, etc… (Yes, I made dinner instead of going out. When three preschoolers are involved, some days that's just so much easier! I made it easy on myself -- just stuck a roast in the crock pot this morning. And then had a little bit of time so splurged on some homemade mashed potatoes. Joey loved them, ate so many he wasn't even interested in a cookie for dessert!)My sweet hubby even washed all those nasty dishes!
It was such a good day – a very normal one, yet so special. This day that is so hard for so many people was really pretty fun for me.
Oh, and we did get back to pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey at some point. Conner didn't want to make a tail out of paper, though. He wanted to just find something that we could use. His first idea was a cough drop. (Yes, a cough drop. I don't know...totally random!) Then when we got one out and he saw that it wasn't brown to match his donkey, he decided that we needed to come up with something else. Hmmm...how about band-aids? Sounds good to me -- they even have built-in sticky!
Thanks to all my boys for making it so special. Thirty doesn’t look so bad if I get to spend it being the girl in your lives.
**Update - I had surprise visitors last night, too. They were bearing gifts of Bath and Body Works, cheesecake and a toffee nut latte with whip. Yum-my! Thanks, girls. I'm so blessed to have such good friends after being here for only five months. If being 30 means being treated like a queen everytime you turn around, bring it on!!
And Tiffany, my sister-in-law wrote a sweet little post kind of about me: Happy Birthday, Rachel! (And while you're there you should read her post "Glad I'm Emotionally Stable," especially if you are or have ever been pregnant...funny stuff!)