a new Christmas cd (Jackie Evancho) and a fruit&walnut salad from McDonald's on Thursday night...Rich said he wanted to start my birthday early. I did not mind at ALL!
the next morning, the "kids"- a.k. Ella and Philip- went with Rich early in the morning for pancakes however...
they brought home a half dozen balloons and a card for me.
inside the card was an Amazon gift card so I can buy BOOKS. HA!
(yes, there's more!)
they made me a SPICE CAKE!
and after a quiet afternoon, we took our children to my parents' house where they spent the late afternoon and evening.
Rich and I went to Aladdin's to eat..
then Barnes and Noble to sit and read.
then Caribou- to write and drink a chai latte.
then the mall....where he picked up a couple little hair things for me to save for Christmas from my favorite store, Icing. And he bought me an Auntie Ann's pretzel.
TRULY a wonderful day. The best birthday ever. My hubby really put a lot of thought into making it a day for me. He even REQUESTED the day off on Friday because IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY!
Also, since I homeschool my children, I gave us ALL the day off.
Then, Today, the day after my birthday,
found a sweet handmade necklace from my sister in law....with my kids initials stamped on metal...LOVELY...
and, later in the afternoon... I was away spending time with my dear friend, Elizabeth, who surprised me with a writer's planner :)
'cuz we write and she supports my habit. I LOVE HER TO PIECES!
and then...I got a gift from my dear friend, Jen, my friend since junior high, and THAT includes some sweet treats and makeup.
The blessings kept rolling in!
The best thing was- spending the day with my family. If I wasn't homeschooling, I wouldn't have enjoyed such time with my children all day on my birthday this year. They couldn't have enjoyed a delightful breakfast with their daddy and shopped for me like that.
I love how God orchestrates things like that for our lives. I hope my kids feel blessed by homeschooling, and even in the future, that there is no resentment for it.
OH, and I got a few dollar bills, pennies, Chuckie Cheese coins, rafia piece, little rocks, scrap paper with I love moommy written on it, rubber bands, a clothespin, and
and acorn from the kids, too...haaaa......I have to embellish a "treasure box." So I can keep these treasures forever. These are the sweetest gifts. They were really from the heart, and I will love the simplistic gift giving my children do.