Yesterday was my birthday, and I am fast discovering that weekday birthdays as a mom pretty much look like every other day, and your best laid plans can get thwarted by last-minute trips to the pediatrician and such. But I did manage to enjoy a girls’ lunch with my favorite five-year-olds and bake myself a cake to throw a few candles on. B and I will celebrate with a date night this weekend — the second in over 14 months, but who’s counting?
Since I hit my forties, the predominant feeling I have when my birthday rolls around is gratitude. I feel grateful that I’ve been granted this many years, and that I’m so rich when it comes to the important things in life. Last night, while sitting in front of my cake listening to a happy birthday song, I looked around the dining room table at my daughters’ smiling faces — and at my husband, who seems to love me more each year — and I had one of those perfect moments.
It’s always hard for me to think much about Christmas until my birthday is over, which means today I’m feeling a twinge of anxiety as I realize that Christmas is only 12 days away and I’m not even close to being ready. How about you: Are you overwhelmed or pretty much on top of it all?
Speaking of “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” I can’t stop thinking about the homemade eggnog that Margaret posted about yesterday. For today’s drink, I’m going with one of those — and to throw a northern twist on it, I’ll take mine with some Gosling’s rum, in honor of my brother Alex, who probably wouldn’t dream of an eggnog without it. Here’s my high and low of the week:
Low: I had some low moments this week related to homeschooling. We have good weeks and not so good; days that seem like we’re in the groove, and days I’m trying not to pull my hair out. I question whether my expectations are realistic, and whether I’m approaching things in the best way, or making the experience less than it could be for my daughters. I honestly don’t think S and H would be leaning anything more or better in a conventional school, but at least the buck wouldn’t stop with me, which makes it tough.
High: Besides spending my birthday with my two favorite five-year-olds, a highlight of the week was taking the girls sledding when we had some snow this past week. They are beyond excited about snow and couldn’t wait to get out the door in it. Being sprayed in the face with the cold stuff after wiping out left one of them in tears, but overall, they had a great time.
Bonus Question: What’s at the top of your wish list this Christmas? Every year I want a large round dutch oven (Le Creuset or Staub), and ever year, Santa ignores me. But it’s my fault, because I put limits on our Christmas spending — and frankly, our kitchen is so tiny, I’m not even sure where I’d put it. But one of these years!…
Please grab an eggnog and tell me about your week. Hope your weekend is as slow as it can be. I’ll see you back here on Monday!
Images: Zoe Saint-Paul