Sorry about not posting those last Valentine's. It's been horribly, crazy around here, as usual. Last week was midterms, and that combined with "mom" duties, well, time just got away from me. I will get around to it.
The 27th was my birthday -33 years old! Cade asked me if I felt old. pfft. Old! Heck, it's only been 3 years since I turned 30, and I didn't feel old then. Why should I feel old now? Couldn't be because I've started college in those 3 years, or the fact that we've added four additional children to our family in those 3 years, or that we're all packed in this house like a bunch of sardines. Nope, don't feel old at all!
We had a little celebration, in my honor, at the in-laws on Sunday evening. Cade roasted a big prime rib ($100 sucker -that's how big!) for dinner. I must say, it was divine. Sitting around the dinner table, everyone was trying to convince me that I was really turning 34! How rude -adding a year on. As if 33 isn't old enough!
If anyone knows anything about me, it's that I don't like cake. I don't care what my birthday dessert is, but it better not be cake. My sweet mother-in-law made me two pies (one peach, one apple), and she was so kind, and only stuck 5 candles in it (that almost made up for her accusing me of being 34).
We celebrated my birthday on Monday evening, at my parents house. Mom made me her home-made fried chicken and mashed potatoes, just as I had requested. She also made me pie for dessert! See, my family knows me.
Presents consisted of $$$ (which I had asked for -have some things in mind that I would like to buy), and ducklings. Yes, ducklings. Cade said he was "listening", and heard me say that ducklings were cute. Being the thoughtful husband that he is, he went and bought three of them. Now, let me tell you, I was only telling Roxie that ducklings were much cuter than chicks. Not that I, in anyway, desired to own ducks. The ducklings will be here March 9th, so we have approximately 9 days to figure out a pond situation, and how to keep ducklings warm, and in our yard.
The girls were overzealous (the word "excited" just didn't quite explain their emotions) to give me the gifts that they had made for me. You have to love the creativity of kids. They had made these gifts about a month ago, anticipating my birthday. Every few days they would say to me, "Mom, how many more days until your birthday?", and I would tell them. They had these things made, and wrapped in gift bags awaiting the day that I could open them.
The first item I pulled out was a popsicle stick wrapped in yarn. That's it. I don't know what it was, and no one else seemed to know either! The next item was a popsicle stick with blue flat marbles glued in a line down it. Cade suggested that maybe it was a back massager, and Roxie (who had made the stick with marbles) ran with the idea. She even started giving me a massage with the marbles on a stick! Roxie had also made me a necklace that was made from a piece of ribbon with each end glued to a single circle of green paper. On the green paper were little buttons, which she had also glued on. It was beautiful! I also got a bouquet of flowers, which was made from pipe cleaner and pieces of artificial flower. I was honored to wear the matching bracelet, also made out of a pipe cleaner and artificial flower. Kelly made me two books marks using two popsicle sticks and markers. The last item was a friendship bracelet (although Ethen says I can't call them that, because it sounds too girly) in my favorite colors, from Ethen. As you can see, I made out! Who could possibly ask for more? Not I.