On the coattails of the twins turning 18, I have had my own momentous birthday. I have officially turned 28, for the tenth time. Sigh. It is sure hard to believe that I am in my late twenties again.What? You don’t believe me? Alright, alright…I know that it is hard for you to believe this, but I am actually 38. There. Are you happy now? I am a truth teller, you know. And that, my friends is the truth. But, seriously, all kidding aside, I am good with 38. I really am. I feel better than I have in years. I feel healthier than I have in years, both physically and mentally. I am good with 38.
This has been a really great birthday. I woke up to my slightly groggy, but smiling family and a big gift bag. The husband hooked me up! My favorite candy, beautiful new jammies, a new speaker for my ipod, resistance bands, new ear buds and a yummy smelling candle. It was so nice. I loved it all! After the bigs and middles left for school, I dropped the littles off with my mother-in-law for lunch and a craft at the library and I was able to go to the Y and exercise…ALONE! I didn’t have to fight any little ones to go to the daycare. It was a great workout. It was the first time that I was able to run in a couple of weeks and it felt wonderful. Ahhh. My mother-in-law gave me a birthday card and told me that she was sending me on a birthday mission. As my birthday gift, Joan and Patrick were giving me a new dishwasher! I was so excited! Our dishwasher has been broken for over a year, but with all of the more pressing home improvement things (a new bathroom and roof) that needed to be done, it kept getting put off. While it certainly isn’t fun to wash dishes 3 times a day for 11 people, it wasn’t as bad as you would think. In fact it was a nice threat to have in case certain middles were feeling cranky and disobedient. But, I’m not going to lie, I was pumped! I went to the store and picked that bad boy out. I then came home…(ALONE!) and set my timer for 10 minutes. I ran around the house like a crazy person and picked everything up. I plugged in all of my Christmas lights and just sat down to enjoy the peace and quiet. FYI peace and quiet to a stay at home mother of nine = priceless!! My big kids came home from school and presented me with what I can honestly say is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful birthday gifts ever. They are paying to have my engagement ring reset. I haven’t been able to wear my ring for a couple of months now and it has been driving me crazy. I feel naked without it. I had taken it to have a broken prong fixed and less than a week later, the prong broke again. I decided that I needed to just have it reset with 6 prongs, instead of 4. So my beautiful ring has been sitting in a ringbox on my dresser for months. I occasionally put it on just because I miss it so much. (I know, pathetic. I don’t care.) But just as the dishwasher has been put off for more necessary and pressing things, the ring repair was also put off. My kids are the best. I know that I sound obnoxious, but I don’t care. It’s my birthday and my kids are THE BEST! I can’t think of a better gift. Except maybe my husband’s second gift to me…he brought home dinner. No cooking for this girl! Woohoo! Ok, so my husband is the best too! Be jealous, it’s ok.
So thank you to my husband, and kids. Thank you to all my family and friends for the sweet phone calls and facebook messages. I am, as I have known for a while, truly blessed! Here’s to another 28…ok 38 more years!!