Monday, 11 May 2015

How to have the perfect birthday

I come from a household where my mom made sure that birthdays were a pretty big deal.  They usually kicked off with a pots-and-pans birthday band at 05:00 a.m. and continued with countless little birthday surprises throughout the day until it was finally time for the birthday boy or girl (old and young!) to go to bed.  And you know what?  Now that I'm a mom myself I think that, for the first time ever, I truly fully understand why it was so important to my mom to properly celebrate birthdays: Because time is so precious.  Of all the lessons that my children have taught me to date, I think that this one is the biggest: That the time we have with loved ones is precious and should be celebrated.  Every minute of it.  

Yesterday was my birthday, and I was fortunate enough to have it fall on Mother's Day too - let's just say it was quite an exhausting day for Will, haha!  But in true Running the Race household fashion he went above and beyond to make my day special - I am so blessed!

My day kicked off with a number by the traditional birthday band - with some members of the band singing their hearts out, and others finding this whole singing-at-a-ridiculous-hour-of-the-morning thing very amusing, but fun nonetheless.

The birthday band!
                 
Of course the birthday band came bearing gifts - me in a bag, to be exact!  Will knows me so well - thank you, Honey!

My birthday/Mother's Day treats!

The band and I then got dressed for a birthday run - no birthday is complete without a run, right?!

The kids prefer separate rides these days...

And after that Will's mom and dad took us out to lunch - I told you it was a great day!


But there was still one very important thing missing...  The besties, of course!  They came over late afternoon bearing more gifts (including gift cards, whohooooooo!), and we ended the day by eating way too many cupcakes (okay, ahem - that was just me).

An old pic, but still doing what we do best!
  
In between all of this there were more messages, birthday songs, hugs and well wishes - the perfect birthday indeed.  


11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a perfect day!! Happy Birthday!

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  2. Aw, that sounds like a lovely day :) Happy birthday!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I now have enough dark chocolate to last me at least a month... :)

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  3. Happy Birthday, Karien! Your day sounds like it was perfect! I love that you started the day with chocolate and ended it with chocolate (I'm just going to go ahead and assume the cupcake(s) were chocolate hehe ;) ) Your kids look that they had so much fun with it too! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Hailey! It's now two days later and I STILL have a cupcake hangover... ;-P

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  4. Sooo bly jou dag was lekker Saar. Jou gesin is pragtig verby!! Xxxx

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    1. Baie dankie, liefste Serie - hulle is vir my sooooo kosbaar! xxxx

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  5. Sooo bly jou dag was lekker Saar. Jou gesin is pragtig verby!! Xxxx

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