Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Low Key Birthday

I thought I'd never share pictures of my kids on this blog, but this one melts my heart, so I have to break that promise. It's from the week before his birthday when we went to see The Blue Angels practice before their Homecoming Show last weekend. Nearing the end of the session, the volunteers asked for the kids to come up and get a flag to wave to the planes as they came in. And then, they took the kids out onto the runway and lined them up. This is my baby boy welcoming home his favorite planes, while his patriotic Mommy cried her eyes out.

Yesterday, my precious son celebrated his 3rd birthday! Three whole years passed us by in the blink of an eye. Everyone tells you how fast time flies when you have kids, but you never really experience it unless you do it firsthand.

Because his birthday falls right before the start of the ever-stressful holidays, we decided to save some money and skip a party. Instead, we made the whole day just about doing the things he loved, eating the foods he wanted, and spending time together.

Birthdays are kind of a big deal to us, and I am so glad that we skipped the overwhelming amount of party planning, food preparing, gift bag making and preparation that would've gone into it all. I know that sounds odd, but it just seemed better to focus on the Birthday Boy himself rather than a party that would be over faster than it started.

He got his "bicycle" (this is exactly what he calls it), board games and Little People. He spent the whole day having a blast playing with his new stuff. His BFF came over and we all went to the bounce house place to run around like crazy. It just made my heart swell to see him so happy and excited. He ended the perfect day by saying "This was my best birthday EVER."

What is your idea of a low-key way to celebrate your young child's birthday?

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