A lot can happen in a year. This past Saturday was my birthday… and after having to get up early to drive 40 minutes to school so I could take my first final of the semester, I was able to return home just in time to gather up the family and roll over to my in-laws house to help decorate Christmas cookies. And while I’m pretty sure if I had wanted to, I could have played the birthday card and went back to bed or something, but I would have felt guilty for leaving my post. My MIL and I are the two lone frosters… everyone else (we had 6 this year… ) and I it is up to us to get the cookies frosted so they can be adorn with sprinkles, candies, and various items of deliciousness.
So I assumed my post on the east side of the island in the kitchen with seven bowls of homemade frosting between us and a pile of cookies, my MIL and I got after it. The family time is something that I really enjoy… with Kate’s brothers living farther away than we typically travel, I really enjoy the time I can spend with them and their significant others… and hanging with the nephew is always good times too.
After cookies, we headed home for a nap for Eddie and what I thought would be a little unwind time for me… but then I remembered some of the items on my honey-do list… so I was off. Reflector stakes to line the driveway, return cans because the box was full, try not to lose my cool while waiting for the can return machines to be fixed; making friends with a little girl in the cart in front of me was a highlight of that trip as well.
Closing out the evening was a visit with Santa and dinner with Kate and Ed, with a special viewing of The Big Lebowski made my birthday celebration complete. Given all my little family has been though this past year, both good and bad, I think made this year’s celebration that much more sweet. Seeing Ed so excited to give me a birthday card brought emotions to the surface I hadn’t ever felt before. This birthday is one I shall not soon forget.
Thank you family for a wonderful celebration, you make me feel special each and every day!