I was so late posting yesterday because I was busy celebrating my birthday, and today I wanted to share a few special things about my day.
First, I live in an all-male household. I don't wait to see if any of them remember my birthday because I'm afraid I would just be setting myself up for disappointment. Instead I send out little messages for a week or so before my birthday--"Anybody know what Monday is?"
The boys picked up the hint fairly quickly. And then I asked them how old I would be. The three youngest agreed that I was turning forty-one. "Good!" I enthused. "Let's use your numbers!"
"Wait," Nicky said. "I think I remember you turning forty-two last year."
"I did. Now I'm going backwards."
My boys agreed to lie about my age. Instead they spent all of Sunday walking around at church telling people, "It's my mom's birthday tomorrow. She's going to be forty-three, but we're saying she's forty-one." There are times when honesty is not necessarily the best policy.
The boys decided that they wanted to do something special for my birthday so they told me they were planning to give me breakfast in bed. When I pointed out that I usually left for work before they got up, they decided they would have breakfast in bed in honor of my day. I quickly reminded them of the no-food-outside-the-kitchen rule.
The boys asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told them I wanted a clean house. When they didn't believe me, I went on to reassure them that's all I wanted. I even cleaned my room and bathroom on Saturday as a present to myself. My boys' response?
"You really need to get a life, Mom!"
They card the boys got me has Snoopy on the front. It talks about when you need someone that cares and believes in you and you can trust, etc... you either need a lot of people or one wonderful mom. All the boys signed the card with a little sentiment of some sort. Nicky signed it, "From the one you love the most and that got you the card." Nothing like giving credit where credit is due.
All in all I had a wonderful albeit testosterone-filled day.
By the way, I haven't forgotten the contest I posted, but I don't have the winner's name with me while I'm writing this post. I will definitely announce the winner tomorrow!