Mya turned 5! The day started off a little better than last year (let me explain).
We have started the tradition of decorating the birthday girl (or boy's) bedroom with streamers, balloons, etc. once they fall asleep on the eve of their birthday. (Thanks Jill for the idea!) Last year, I got a little overzealous in my decorating and had streamers above the birthday girl's bed. Well, about 3:30 am she woke up in a panic, having no idea what that thing over her head was. So I quickly tore it down and walked back, rather sheepishly, to my room.
This year I learned from that little story and kept the streamers along the walls and added a few helium balloons (which have been a huge source of contention in our house in the form of brothers fighting over them). Thankfully no one woke up screaming at 3:30 am this year!
The day ended on a fun note as well. Daddy decided it was time to break out the tent and sleep out in the backyard!
The kids were excited. Daddy was
And mommy was
They carried their sleeping bags out to the tent, set them up and couldn't wait for bedtime!
Some neighbors were setting off fireworks down the street, so we all sat on our driveway and watched and cheered as they set them off.
And I had one of those moments. You know the kind where you don't want to be anywhere else except where you are right now. And you feel so overwhelmed with the blessings sitting beside you that you want to hang on to that minute as long as possible. And you hope that the memories you are creating will linger on in your minds for years to come making that experience even sweeter. It was that kind of moment.
As you celebrate with your families on this holiday weekend, I wish you all that kind of moment. Happy 4th of July everyone!
***To finish the "camp out story", once the kids finally settled down in their sleeping bags about 15 minutes later the boys started crying because they wanted to sleep in their own bed. So we moved them inside. The birthday girl, however stuck it out. As the boy's were leaving she confessed that she was glad because they were being too loud and she couldn't sleep with them there anyway. She then proceeded to sleep soundly until 6 am when she and Daddy moved back into the house.***