Today is my special day. I will do some little treats for myself to celebrate and my husband will make some sweet gestures as well. It will not be an earth-shattering party or presents, that isn't really my style anyway. My children will still have meltdowns, tantrums, and bickering because they are still children. I will get yelled at by them and I may even get frustrated back a time or two. But there will be extra cuddles, hopefully a little extra laughter, and a big banner hanging in the front hall. And there will be ice cream cake, because I picked it up for myself yesterday.
Just because today will be more normal that not does not mean I cannot celebrate the little moments with extra gusto. When we got to see not one but two trains this morning I got to cheer and wave at them with my girls. It was a great moment to tell them some of my favorite things about trains. It may be a school day but that just meant showing up early so we could have a donut picnic on the lawn. There may be some schedule to keep but it doesn't mean I'm not going to answer every birthday call I can get to. And when we all have a sugar hangover later from eating more sweets than we normally eat in a week it will still be worth it because we can cuddle up with some books for the rest of the evening.
I'm grateful to celebrate my birthday. I'm grateful to know there will be a trip to the pumpkin patch at some point. I'm grateful for my girls getting ready early so we could have a before school picnic of eggs and donuts. I'm grateful to just sit and watch the trains roll past. I'm grateful for time at the playground. I'm grateful for my favorite crazy orange leggings. I'm grateful for all the birthday wishes. I'm grateful to keep the expectations realistic so I can truly enjoy today with my family.
What are your birthday expectations? If you could celebrate any way, what would you do?
May today be a celebration for all. May we choose to celebrate to the fullest while keeping our expectations realistic. Have a beautiful day!