Today is my birthday.
I don't usually do a lot to celebrate, because it's my stepson's birthday also, and because as the years pass, I really don't feel the need for a huge celebration. A bit of peace and quiet is what I like the most.
This year, though, I was kept busy all day. By 9:00 a.m. my sister and I, along with Rowan and my sister's two children, were busy taste-testing cake, frosting, and fillings. Okay, it was for a cake for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, which will be celebrated this weekend, but I see no better way to start off my birthday than with tasting frosting! I hadn't even had breakfast yet!
...Which leads to, after the taste-testing, we dropped off Rowan and my sister's eldest at my parents' house, and she took me out for brunch. I can highly recommend Oregon Crepes in the Pringle Plaza!
I came home and a good friend, Neil, had stopped by to visit. He brought me a lovely card and two boxes of Earl Grey tea. Hurray! Unfortunately I was very, very tired by this point, so I went up for a birthday nap while Matthew and Neil chatted. Birthdays are exhausting!
I woke up when my lovely friend Julie showed up to babysit my kids, while Matthew and I escaped to Dairy Queen (paid for with birthday cash from Carol). It's so nice to get out with him without children! And then Julie bought delectable margherita pizza for dinner. <3
And to top it all off, Wednesdays are VariTechnical Artistry days (VTA for short), which is what we've renamed our writer's group. VTA days are my favorite days! How wonderful and fitting that my birthday should land on a VTA day! So Savanna, Richie, and Fletcher came over to join us. Savanna brought me an absolutely gorgeous copy of Peter Pan. I am so excited to read it with Rowan! And I got to see artwork from Richie, and I had time to write, and Henry is asleep now, and Matthew is taking care of Rowan, and even though three people have gone home now, Savanna and I are still sitting and writing.
All in all, this has been one of the best birthdays ever. I loved every minute. And now I'm off to read Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator with Rowan, which is even better. I am so very blessed! Thank you all for giving me such a wonderful, fabulous, splendiferous, absolutely magnificent day! I love you all!