We are officially in birthday season around here. Alaina starts us off at the end of January and then the rest of us celebrate six birthdays in eight weeks! It is crazy, fun, and totally exhausting. By the time May 2 rolls around and we are done, I am SO thankful that it is another nine months before I have to think birthday again.
That said, we have tons of fun! We always do our best to truly celebrate the lives of our children. They get to pick the meals for the day and they get to choose an activity that we do as a family. They look forward to it and often have their idea planned out months (if not a year!) in advance.
In addition, we try to do a few other special things on or around their birthday. One-on-one time with mom and/or dad is a must. With five children in the family, it is important to take time to spend time with them individually. We LOVE being a big family and think that there are many benefits to growing up among siblings, but we also want to ensure that our children know and understand that they are treasured as an individual. Birthdays are a great way to do that.
Katie's birthday celebrations were a multi-day affair. Her Daddy forgot to look at the calendar when planning his biggest event of the year at school (Elementary Sports Day) and set it for Katie's birthday. So, we stretched the celebrations over a few days, which made Katie insanely happy. Even now, she refuses to admit that her birthday is over.
Part one of her birthday was actually two days before. She wanted "Mommy's Special Cinnamon Rolls" for breakfast. They are very time-consuming so we opted to have them on Sunday morning rather than rush on a day when Jason had to work.
Then, on her actual birthday, I took her out for a special Mommy and Me birthday lunch.
That night, Katie requested cooking hotdogs and marshmallows over a fire in the backyard and then cupcakes, "with chocolate sprinkles" for dessert. Her wish is my command.
The next day, Jason took a personal day and we fulfilled Katie's biggest wish: to go ice skating! And before and after skating, Alaina and I took Katie on a mini girl's day out. Starbucks, Coldstone, nail polish...what more could a girl want?
Only five more birthdays to go! Next up, Bethany! My girl turns ONE in eight days! Eek!