Yesterday was my birthday. No, the day didn't go as planned. Hubby and I both had the day off and we thought of going shopping in a larger town while the kids were in school. That changed before we even woke up. Our #4 got sick during the night and had a fever. So instead of shopping and lunch out of town, hubby cleaned up after her, took the other kids to school, and later got take-out for my birthday lunch. Sickie was drifting in an out of sleep, so we knew she was in no condition to go out, even to eat in the car at a park. She ate very little during the day, maybe a piece of bread in the morning and a few bites of birthday cake in the evening. Needless to say, she's home again today.
Dinner was also low-key. Originally I thought about having hubby buy some nice steaks to cook on he grill. However, the pork roast in the fridge was also very appealing. So he put the roast in the crockpot, adding some sides to the meal, making a nice low-stress meal at home with all the kids. Perfect! Hubby kept asking if what he was making was ok. Of course I kept repeating that the company was more important to me than the meal. I would have been just as happy with frozen pizza, though the pork roast was easier on my glucose levels.
The kids also made me a cake. I love the way they decorated it! No huge fuss. They found a "4" candle and a single birthday candle to represent "41" while also adding a chocolate chip and red hots heart. Now this is what life is about! The love put into that cake filled the room! Dinner and this cake were my two favorite presents! Yes, I love the other presents that hubby and the kids got me, too. Seeing a pile of gifts, some funny and some cherished, wrapped in Christmas paper made me feel appreciated (and gave me a chuckle). The humorous gifts, like the garden hose and rooster lawn ornament, reminded me that our family loves to have fun together. The time we have together is more important than anything money could buy.
Oh, and what was my wish as I blew out my candles? A cure for diabetes, of course!