what birthdays are made of

This week I celebrated the big 3-6, and I have to say it was one of my favorites. For once, I woke up with no plans.  The only thing on my agenda– spending the day with my husband and kids, seeing where the day took us. When my husband asked me what I wanted? Nothing. Seriously, nothing. Have I grown up, or what!? I have my boys, I have my health, I have my family, I have an awesome husband who wanted to spend the day making me happy… nothing you could put in a box could ever top that.

Everything about that day felt like an opportunity to think about the ways my life has changed over the past few years, and revel in it.

I woke up at 8:30 (what a mom with two kids considers sleeping in late).

I was greeted by my 2 yo with a giant balloon,

(and a Spiderman mask ... go figure)











a birthday card and the cutest “Happy birthday to you, momma!” ever.  My husband came in with a giant gift bag and propped my newborn next to me.

If my day ended there, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

what birthdays are made of

The gift? A totally thoughtful nod to where I am in life right now.

A box of Clif Bars (so I have an excuse to eat chocolate and pretend like it’s healthy)
Yoga clothes (enter me chanting: I will lose the baby weight)
Workout socks (Because I’m a perpetual sock hijacker. My husband’s are always more comfortable!)
Wine (you read the part where I said I had two kids, right?)

… and some “fun money” so I can get whatever I wanted ($10 says I buy clothes for the kids. It’s like an addiction).

We ate at my favorite breakfast place, Plum (banana brulee oatmeal and a mimosa), had an awesome lunch at True Foods (so I could feel less guilty about the breakfast), and finished it with dinner at Opah.

Every stop had a happy birthday song and a dessert, and the last stop found us sitting next to a sweet man who bought us a round while my 2 yo worked the room hugging everyone.

I’m pretty sure I gained three pounds. Scratch that. I actually gained three pounds. But I wouldn’t swap the look on my son’s face every time a new birthday dessert came to the table for anything in this world.

In the end, at 36, presents in bed, Spiderman masks, happy birthday to you’s and my boys by my side are what birthdays are made of.

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  1. You are so adorable!!! Happy Birthday!!! PS Ellie is 4 and I’m still working off the baby weight!

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