Though the day started out the same–dishes, laundry, feeding animals–there were several handmade notes and cards for me to open while I ate breakfast.
|The biggest flower Kate’s ever seen!|
|Henry’s turned into a frog. An adorable one at that.|
When everyone returned home, we ate, Jack brought home a red velvet cake and raspberries, then when Jack couldn’t contain himself anymore, he shuffled everyone downstairs so we could open presents (and yes, I mean we…no mother ever opens her gifts without her childrens’ help).
|Zoey wants a bite!|
An elf costume! Yes, a genuine elf costume! It was sort of a gag gift to distract from the real gift but still, an elf costume is pretty hilarious. And surprisingly, quite comfortable. I just might wear it everywhere I go. It seems to make people smile.
My in-laws sent a nice card and my parents sent me a new bread machine and just in the nick of time. My old garage sale find was on its last leg. Tomorrow, I make bread!
As usual, Jack took the cake. Though it wasn’t a trip to the Bahamas like last year (I’m not sure he can ever top that), he did get me a swanky new treadmill so I can run to my heart’s content, even if it’s too cold to take the kids outside in the enormous jogging stroller. So, let it snow ’cause I’ll be comfortable jogging a mini-marathon inside!
|It even comes with a FAN.|
Though the day was busy, there was still time to decorate some sugar cookies with the young women at church…
…and donate a pint of blood for a good cause (and thus crossed off a goal on my 2017 list). Though I’m not a youth anymore, I am told my blood pressure is as good as a teenager’s. I’ll tell ya, that’s about the nicest thing I heard all day!
When I was younger, I used to resent my birthday being so close to Christmas. It always felt like my individual birthday celebration was forgotten but now, I rather enjoy being a December baby. Everyone’s more kind, more willing to serve, and are singing of and thinking about our Savior. It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to celebrate a birthday!
As usual, it was a busy birthday but I like it that way. So, thanks for all the well-wishes, it was a wonderful day!
|The best present–a cute baby!|