Welcome friends to another edition of Saturday Scribbles. It's where I just talk. About whatever.
Today, one of the sweetest little girls I know turns four years old. I'm blessed that I've been able to dote on her like an aunt since the day she was born.
But in honor of it being her birthday, I figured it'd be fun to talk about birthdays and birthday parties.
My birthday is at the end of November. Which means that it typically falls around Thanksgiving. Growing up, I had typical birthday parties with cakes my mom made and decorated to be a certain theme. I remember a Barbie one one year. Another year there was horses. I'm sure that I had a Sesame Street one one year. My mom has photo albums chronicling the birthday parties my brother and I had growing up.
My oldest cousin and I share a birthday. So family gatherings at Thanksgiving typically included birthday presents for us both. I'd get toys, games, books (because we all know I LOVE to read), and various other things for my birthday as I grew up.
Even now, I get to pick the restaurant that my family will eat at. It's typically Gringo's because of the free meal we can get. And I get presents. Of course now, I don't always celebrate my birthday on my birthday with my family. There have been years when I was in college that I'd be traveling back up to school over my birthday weekend. There have been years I've been in school on my birthday. But it still gets remembered.
One memorable one was the surprise party my mother planned with my high school drama teacher for my 18th birthday. I seriously still don't have a clue as to how she and my teacher managed to keep it from me. But she did and it was a lot of fun. The year that I was teaching, my now sister-in-law (though at the time she was my brother's girlfriend) came up to the school with a BEAUTIFUL bouquet of flowers she had put together for me. Another year, my family decided to go chop a Christmas Tree down on my birthday. In that case, it was probably the only Saturday we could go before Christmas.
|The Zoo trip was two weeks before my birthday.|
But I think kids' birthday parties are some of the best. I've seen a lot of different themes on Pinterest. And tons of ideas for games and things. The birthday party I'm going to today has a butterfly theme.
So tell me, what are some of your birthday memories?