Today is my 35th birthday which I definitely consider to be middle age. Some may think it is 40 or even older, but to me 35 just sounds so old! I don't feel as old as I think it sounds, but when I was younger I was thinking anything past 30 was over the hill!
I don't get excited about my birthday anymore (unlike Aaron who is like a kid every single birthday he has!), but today has actually been a really nice day considering. It started off with Aaron coming home last night with a bunch of tulips, my favourite chocolates and my favourite drink. It was a really nice surprise.
Before Aaron left for work this morning, he got the boys up so they could give me the cards they made and presents that I had picked out :D. Harri was SO excited about my birthday. Last night when I put him to bed he said 'I love you much and much and much Mum, and I hope you have a good birthday tomorrow!'. I told him thank you and he then asks 'what are we going to do for your birthday, Mum -go to the Aquatic Centre!!?'. He cracks me up!
I told him we were probably just going to go to the gym and he then asks 'all of us?!' and I told him just Kobe and he would be coming with me. After Aaron left for work this morning, Harri yells out 'Where's Dad!!?'. I told him he had gone to school and he then looks at Noah who is in his school uniform and asked if Noah was going to school. I told him that he was, and then he asks me if Jalen is going as well. I told him that he was and he was very upset and said 'but it's your birthday Mum!!!". Because everyone was home (on school holidays) for Kobe's birthday, he just assumed that for anyone's birthday we should all just stay home and do something special together!
Yesterday when I picked Harri up from school his teacher came out and said 'happy birthday for tomorrow' as he had obviously told them all it was my birthday. When I picked him up from the child care at the gym, the carer who looks after the kids says 'happy birthday! I hear you are 35!?'. He was SO excited about it and kept telling everyone all day. When Kobe woke up Harri asked him 'did you say 'Happy Birthday' to Mum, Kobe!?'. It's nice having someone so excited for you - even when you aren't!
After we got home from the gym Mum came to visit with a nice big sponge cake that she had made me for my birthday. Harri was very pleased with it.
Even better than a cake and some birthday money from Mum and Dad was that Mum did lots of housework for me! Mum loves to work and can't sit still when she visits, so she spent the afternoon folding washing, ironing and tidying up. It was the best birthday present - thanks Mum!
Mum and Dad then babysat for us, so that Aaron and I could go out for tea. Before we left we did the birthday cake thing with the boys. Aaron had also made me some birthday cupcakes.
We decided to go the 'safe' option and go to the buffet at the casino as Aaron is still on his wheat and dairy free diet for his eczema (18 weeks and counting!). It was so nice to just go out on our own, with no boys to deal with (excuse the photo quality - using the 'dodgy' camera).
I felt bad as I knew there wouldn't be much that Aaron could eat , but he always just has the roast anyway, so we knew he would be safe with that. He was very upset though when he saw the desserts which are always his favourites.
He stuck with the fresh fruit, but almost cried when he saw the chocolate fountain. I can't believe how well he has stuck with it. Hopefully it won't be long now and he can go back onto wheat to start with.
It was so nice to go out together and know the boys were happy at home with Grandma and Grandpa. Thanks Mum and Dad for babysitting and helping out! When we got home there was a very cute video message from Chloe in my email. Thanks so much Chloe (and Steph!). I love it. The turkish delight birthday brownie looked pretty good too - hope Chloe enjoyed it for me :)
Thanks so much to everyone for their text messages, phone calls, pressies, cards, facebook messages and emails. It made a not so exciting birthday very special.