It was my birthday recently. I have been mentioning it all month on Facebook haha. November 25 gets here faster each year, I swear it! My birthday falls next to my dad’s birthday, next to or on Thanksgiving, and usually on a day I work omg. I’m usually fairly pessimistic about my birthday, but this year I planned to be different!
I didn’t have money to treat myself and my 4yo. I bought a 97 cent card for my dad, brought empty dishes to our holiday feast, took home loads of food unapologetically, and ended up working on the actual day of my birth. And it was all so great!
Emma was gone the week before my birthday and brought home a gift her dad and stepmom helped her put together for me which made me cry lol. She was so cute telling me how I had to open it… and when I inevitably did it wrong, she ‘showed’ me lol The gesture and thought her dad and stepmom put into the gift was so kind – and they know me really well! That gift may be untoppable!
I got to spend a great day with my dad, mom, and daughter for our double birthday slash thanksgiving celebration. We talked all things without arguing, stuffed our faces, and laughed at the antics of my 4yo, Emma. I got to meet Leo, the new kitten my mother and father rescued… and who can be sad when there is a kitten (nicnamed ‘The Destroyer’ lol) running around your feet?! We had cake and ice cream cones for dessert… And I packed up a bunch of food (after a hearty helping of seconds lol) to take home.
Instead of spending money, I spent time with Emma. She drew me a ton of art, sang me a song, showed me a bunch of new dances (that all look the same haha), and we snuggled up with a movie. I never get such perfect one-on-one time with Emma. Now that perfect time really only lasted about half the day lol, but I’ll take what I can get. For the rest of the day and a half we spend together, we nommed an entire pizza together, inhaled some of the last pieces of Halloween candy (yum!), and played on the playset in the backyard.
And then I closed out my birthday shenanigans at work on my actual birthday where my coworkers cheerfully issued me Happy Birthday’s and sometimes did a little dance too – because we are cool like that! My bestie, Jamie, fed me breakfast and made me a birthday sign, and my boss, Jessa, went out and got me some cookie bark to snack on (so good – I do not know how she knew my love of oreos!). I even had several guests either hear my coworkers or see the sign and come to wish me a happy birthday!! I nearly cried from the love I felt!