Yep, that's me. The birthday girl!!! :-D Hubby has always teased me about my birthday because, before children, I called the entire month of March "my birthdays"... plural! Lol I don't know why the excitement of a birthday always gets to me. We did celebrate my birthday growing up, but I never remember doing anything extravagant for it. I know Mom always had a cake made for me, either by her or by a friend. I specifically remember a Strawberry Shortcake cake that my sister-in-law's mom, Mary Lou, made me when I was somewhere between 3 to 5. Oh! And I remember having a Cookie Monster birthday party once when I was little. We lived somewhere different than where I remember as my childhood home. Anyway, this cake was the monster's head with an open mouth, and there were 5 chocolate chip cookies sticking out of his mouth. I specifically remember my mom taking the cookies out and putting them in a container so none of my friends would get them. LOL Mom has always been on the stingy side. That's just truth. She was raised by parents who had endured the Great Depression. She learned not to give stuff away. When I married my husband, I was extremely stingy. He has brought me out of that. Sometimes stingy monster will still rear its head, though. Lol
Anyway, back to the important topic. ME! Ha Now that I'm a mom, the kids are more excited about my birthday than I am. I'm 36 today. While that's nowhere near old, it's on the downward side of 30... close to 40... which just seems SO unbelievable!! The kids all had their own money, and they insisted that they buy me a gift. I told them they didn't have to. They really wanted to. I feel like the worst mom sometimes! No matter how much I fail them or end up being short with them because I'm stressed, they still act like I'm some great mother. <sigh> I am working on doing better as a mom because I know one day very soon (some are pre-teens now) my imperfections will be all too clear and magnified in their eyes.
So the kids gave me my gifts this morning while hubby was here. First of all, the oldest two paid for decorations from The Dollar Tree. How sweet! They got some huge wall mural instead of a banner. LOL Son bought a candle for me with his money while he was there. He is so proud of that $1 candle. It's precious! :) He has asked me a million times if I like it, where I will set it, will I use it when the electricity goes off. So funny! I assured him how awesome it was. It's vanilla scented. Next, everyone went on over to the ever-famous Wally World. Youngest daughter got me a kitty notebook to write my grocery list in each week. :) I thought it was cute that she thought of that. All four kids went in together to get a green coffee mug that they knew I liked. The two oldest girls went in together on a collage wall frame for my kitchen. I was very happy with everything they got me and was excited that they actually put thought into what they got me. I was even more pleased to hear hubby said no to some of the gift ideas.... like the necklace with a large, gold dollar sign as the pendant! Haha My son saw it at Dollar Tree and wanted to get it for me. Usually hubby is just all "okay, if it's from the kids she'll love it." The problem is, the kids expect me to love and wear those items to church and stuff. So it's much easier when you say, "I'm not really sure that's something Mommy would use. Let's keep looking," and move to another aisle. LOL
I took some pics this morning. None of us were in the pics since we were all in PJs, but I wanted to share what all they did.
We're about to go walking at the track. I walked a mile at the track yesterday. I used my ipod pedometer finally. I always forget. The one mile was about 3000 steps. I was going to go to the gym today because the weather said rain. Instead, it's really pretty here again! Plus, I need to stay close to home because I'm going to get my eyebrows waxed at 2:30. I am FUR-ry! Haha Tonight is church. Tomorrow is our homeschool group, and then hubby and I are supposed to go on a date afterwards. I just got an email from my dentist's office that said, "Happy birthday, Staci! Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that those who have the most live the longest." That cracked me up because it took me a few seconds for the joke to him me.
Well, off I go. I need to lace up so I can give myself the gift of exercise for my birthday. :) Have a great day!