Best. Day. Ever.
I am someone who likes a lot of attention on her birthday. I like the cards and the phone calls and the texts and the Facebook Messages. I like presents. I like cake. I like people to tell me how awesome I am. I welcome every opportunity for my bucket to be filled with positivity and love and my birthday just kicks that feeling into overdrive.
I used to have a party for myself on my birthday – inviting friends and family over to my house while I served only my favorite things. That was always a kick.
On my 40th birthday my family pulled off a surprise party! (Obviously it was a surprise… I didn’t even shower that day!!!) and then Steve and I flew to Virginia to see the ocean before deciding to rent a car and drive to DC. We LOVE DC! So that birthday we spent in the Smithsonian; then last year we were in San Diego and we spent my birthday at the Zoo!
This year we were home. We all slept in. We made Gingerbread pancakes. When I first checked my phone it was flooded with greetings. Since we have a company rule (that only I follow) that no one works on their birthday I had the whole day off. It was awesome.
I decided to keep with the “national destinations” theme and spent the day at the Mall of America. I LOVE it there at Christmas! The lights, the music, the peppermint mochas…. the stores filled with people choosing gifts… Love it. I had lunch with two sisters (complete with perfect gifts), coffee with another sister (with another perfect gift) , and I shopped for hours. I especially loved that I had a gift card to my favorite store so I could do some guilt free shopping as well – maximizing clearance and 40% off pricing as well.
Jolene was with Tessie all day and she volunteered to stay late so Steve and I could go to dinner. Like a date. After dinner we came home, grabbed Tessie and headed out to see Santa. She wasn’t super sure about him but she gave him a good look.
After we got home I had one more gift (the most perfect gift) from Tessie and Steve before we put her to bed. Like I said, BEST BIRTHDAY EVER.
Thank you to everyone!