A low key day, celebrating year 26.
Emeline muttered the forever-awaited "Ma-Ma" the day before.. My heart melted and I may have let out a tear in the shoe aisle of DSW. She continued to say it all day yesterday.
Woke up to realize that She gave me the gift of sleep. I had joked with her about sleeping all the way through the night (which hasn't happened in ages). She did. Eleven Hours. Woke up feeling refreshed. What a gal.
A typical morning home with Eme. Who wasn't here last year. Hello? That made my birthday 100% more amazing. Photos, photos, and more photos.
A surprise blog post by my husband that made me both cry and laugh. That man? Is seriously awesome. Trust me, I'm aware of how blessed I am. What a guy. [See? There are definitely perks to knowing each other's passwords to everything.] I had no blog post planned for my birthday since I didn't know WHAT to write. But? He had that up his sleeve for over a week.
The few texts & calls I got to wish me a happy birthday. Why? Because I'm not on facebook now, which eliminated everyone's 'free pass' at knowing when my birthday is. So, it at least showed me the people who care enough to know. Which was nice.
Birthday Picnic. We sort of have a little tradition of birthday picnics. But the weather yesterday? Was HORRID. As in, winds that almost took our deck-railings down (again), and rain that beat on our windows. Declan brought us home food on his lunch break, and we had a living room picnic.
We improvised. It worked. And the best part? Even Emeline joined us on the floor (thanks to her highchair that turns booster-seat), and she thought it was fun to eat with us, too.
Sigh. Me loves him.
Declan then surprised me by telling me he took the afternoon off to spend with us. Bliss. That was a gift in and of itself.
Birthday Balloons. A tradition he's had for going on 9 years now. The number of balloons obviously corresponds with my age. As you can imagine, I question him every year about what he plans to do when I'm 102 years old. He assures me that he will (duh) get me 102 balloons. This year was the first year he did mini-balloons. Which was cute.
Eme got a kick out of them.
We walked the mall. With no plans, no agenda, and just enjoyed our rainy day.
I got a new watch that I love.
My parents came over to hang out with our girl while we went to our small group.
My friends from my church small-group made me a birthday cake.
They sang to me.
And somehow? Despite the birthday cake I devoured, I even managed to hit my 27-lb weight loss yesterday.
What a Happy Day it was.