This year, December snuck up on me. We are selling a house, driving Lboy back & forth to preschool (which was not a long term something we thought we would be doing), did I mention we are selling a house?! And even though it’s December 12 & I’m still not fully convinced that it’s December yet, it’s starting to sink in, FAST.
When I was in the 6th grade, my great-aunt asked if she could pick me up to have my hair done as a co-birthday outing for the two of us (my birthday is on the 19th & hers was on the 20th.) She picked me up, took me to a hair salon where the hair stylists did this beautiful up do & I had my first ever manicure! It was the Christmas formal for my cotillion class that night & I had the most beautiful cream, lace dress with little pearl buttons on the front. It was gorgeous. I remember being so proud of how I looked that night, it was the first time I ever looked in a mirror & thought “I am beautiful!” That night was magic!
When I turned 13, my parents let me invite then entire 7th grade & 8th grade to go my grandparents’ farm! Oh.my.gosh! That was the best party ever! We had a hayride, a bonfire, a marshmallow roast, we grilled out…it was an entire night of fun! I was so proud! It was such a fun night & after that, it became a tradition for my family on the 13th birthday for each of my siblings they got the same party.
I had a huge co-16th birthday party with a classmate at a mutual friend’s house (she really had the coolest house!) My mom planned a surprise 18th birthday lunch at the Purple Cow, my 21st was spent with a surprise dinner at my favorite restaurant in Little Rock & my mom arranged for them to bring me a beer instead of a cupcake (and there might have been another party once I got back to school in January with the night ending at a frat party once we all got back to school! ha!)
On my 23rd birthday, Todd proposed at the downtown square! My 25th, I was pregnant with Lboy & went home to have a big cake with my family & Todd.
All the birthdays in between those years were family parties & they were always celebrated with a phone call to my grandmother whose birthday was on the 21st of December. She would call to wish me a happy birthday & then 2 days later I would call & tell her I was sending her birthday wishes back.
Another VERY IMPORTANT phone call is my dad’s friend, Dave. Dave & I have literally talked on the phone on OUR birthdays every.single.year as far back as I can remember. And now we race to see who will call the other one first. He always tries to trick me when he calls (he’s a great prankster) but this little invention of caller ID has ruined that! ha!
This year, I’m turning 30! I can’t wait to write a post telling you how we celebrated (because I have no clue what we’re going to do!) But one thing I can tell you, I will definitely be talking to Dave, I will definitely be sending up a birthday wish to my grandmother in heaven, & I will definitely be enjoying my time with my kids & my husband…. and going to the local bakery for some strawberry cupcakes with strawberry icing! That is my birthday must have flavor & it has to be store bought!
1.) Something you love about December.
2.) Capture a conversation shared between kids.
3.) A favorite Christmas ornament.
4.) Christmas Must Haves (could even be a list created by a child)
5.) Talk about a problem you tackled this week.