Earlier this week I told Bruce that for the first time ever, I wasn’t very excited about my birthday. Not because of the age, but because of the quarantine. I am the type of girl who likes to go big or go home for my birthday. Like weekends away (our trip to Buena Vista and our trip to Canon City), eating out for all the meals, going to Rockies games or Botanic Gardens or anything fun outside of the house. But this year I felt like I couldn’t go big and so I would have to go home (aka stay home.) That made me sad.
After weeks of pretending my birthday wasn’t coming up and COVID wasn’t messing up my typical birthday plans, I finally put some thought into my day. We’d start with breakfast at home, some backyard planning and family time. Then we would head out for a small hike and pictures. Birthday pictures are something I have done since I started blogging (26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31) and I wanted to make sure that we continued the tradition! After that was lunch with the grandparents at Bruce’s parents house. We have decided that grandparents get to be a part of our quarantined lives now. This is SO GOOD for my emotional well being. After that we met some friends for social distancing ice cream at our favorite place – Josh & Johns!
Oh! And you may also have noticed on this post here, but my birthday happened to fall on Mother’s day this year! It does this every 5 years but this was the first time that I was a mother myself! (just another reason to go big! haha) but our plans filled up both my mother’s day and birthday buckets!!
After a full day of fun, Bruce and I drove home with sleepy babies in their car seats. It has been months since we had a full day of adventure and it wore all four of us out but it was so fun. It felt like a little bit of normal in a not-normal world. Just 2 years ago I turned 30 and we celebrated my birthday without any children – my have things changed these last two years! But I couldn’t be more thankful. I felt so known and loved by my friends and family this birthday and I know I am excactly where I need to be.
Looking forward to year 32. I know it won’t always be easy or perfect (I mean we are starting it in the middle of quarantine!) but I know God is good and He is ever faithful.
Oh! And just some COVID-19 history right here. We couldn’t play on the playground and Hilde was heartbroken. But we did make up for it by finding all the cool sticks on our hike!