She tricked us when she was born, and made us think she was coming on the 15th, but she took her sweet time, and left her mama in labor for 34 hours. Yes. Thirty-four hours. THIRTY-FOUR HOURS. She finally came at 2:51 pm on January 16th, 2004.
True to form, she still takes her sweet time to do ANYTHING. Get dressed, brush teeth, eat breakfast, or dinner, take a bath, clean her room (practically takes WEEKS!), turn of the t.v., it all gets done on her own time. Which is NOT my time. I guess she does take after me. When I was in 2nd grade my best friend's mom nicknamed me Molasses, because I was so slow. Things changed, and now when I want to do something, it needs to get done right this second. I guess there's hope for her after all....but if I could just get her to clean her room faster.....
Since the school day was almost over, I went and got Denver from class, and drove the two of them home, instead of them riding the bus. Did I make cute homemade cupcakes with sprinkles? Nope. Was every single kid in the class super excited that Amberlyn's mom brought Dunkin Donuts, which made Amberlyn feel really cool, plus she loved the Hello Kitty balloon, and I drove her home and didn't make her take the bus? Yup. Score for mom.
When we got home, she changed her clothes, and it was presents time!!! Two new skirts, 3 new shirts, a sweater, new pj's, a princess art set, TONS of LalaLoopsy mini's and a matching doll house, nail polish, a fluffy purple scarf, her favorite scent from Bath & Body Works sparkly lotion, cards, and money. Spoiled much? (mostly from grandparents) Normally I would have made her cake myself. But once you hit 35, you start paying people to do things for you. My friend made the cake for me, and Amberlyn was SO EXCITED when we went and picked it up at her house yesterday! Hours in the kitchen? Nope. Happy birthday girl? Yup. That smile is priceless.
When we got home, the kids got jammies on, she wore her new ones, they had some cake, and Matt and I tucked them into bed. So that about sums up her 9th birthday! She had a great day! Special breakfast, treats at school, presents, manicure with mom, and dinner at IHOP.
Do I love all the things I find on Pinterest? Yup. Do I wish I had taken the extra time & effort to do made from scratch food homemade treats, and decorated the house for her birthday. Eh. Normally I do all that. Is it okay to sometimes take the "easy" way out? As long as your child feels loved and special, then yes, it's just fine. I figure, as long as I'm raising my kids to be kind and respectful, to be independent & outgoing, to love each other and love the Gospel, to choose the right and be fun and happy kids, then I'm doing my job. I fix them breakfast every morning, pack their lunches every day, and tuck them in every night. Does she care that the pancakes were from a mix? Nope. Is she going to remember who made the birthday cake? Probably not. Is she going to remember that her mom came to the school, spent time with her to have her nails done, and tried to make her day extra special? Ya, I hope so.
Happy Birthday Amberlyn, I love you.