Tuesday, January 31, 2017

You're Never Too Old to Celebrate

Today is my birthday. I'm at an age now where it's actually better to tell people I'm older than I really am.

"No way! You are 50?! Wow! You look fantastic!"

But, nevermind...Noah always knows how to bring me back to reality. Today I heard things like:
"Mom, your hair is like really...white."
"Mom, don't get old on me, ok?"
but also
"I can't imagine a world without you in it."

Then there's Natalie...
"Mom, what are you going to be when you grow up?"
"Um...I think I already am."
"Nah! You aren't completely grown up until you are at least 50!"
"Phew...I've still got time."

Yesterday Steve took the day off to spend some quality time with me (sans kids). We enjoyed lunch at the new Walnut Grill in O'Fallon (I highly recommend their Mahi Mahi tacos - yum!) and then he took me shopping at the outlet mall in Chesterfield for a new bag for work.

What a treat!

I felt like a princess for a day.

The love continued through my actual birthday with well wishes pouring in from friends near and far who left messages on my Facebook page, my teaching partner, Leslie organized a birthday card and a chorus of Happy Birthday from our preschool class, family called in, I freed myself from cooking by picking up a pizza from Racanelli's (purchased at 50% off thanks to their Birthday Club!). Steve and the kids made me a bird feeder so I can sip my tea and watch the birds from my picture window. Steve also signed me up for a drawing class. Eek. While it's been years since I've drawn anything -- I am really excited. My friend, Michelle stopped by with plate of sweet mini-bundt cakes. I never felt so grateful for my family, my friends (new and long-time ones), good health and another day to do better, to be better.

Thanks for sharing bits of your life, your stories and your friendship with me.

Noah captured Steve and Natalie working on my gift.
Thanks Mayo Family!

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