This weekend we celebrated my birthday and Uncle James' birthday with a pool party and cookout with family and friends at our house. The weather was perfect and so was the day!
|Me, Claire, Becky, and Ava. Two years ago at my birthday party we were both pregnant with these girls!|
|Connor, Aunt Sarah, and Anna|
|Uncle Colby, Aunt Amanda (Ah-Mee-Nah as Claire calls her now), Aunt Julie, and Uncle James|
|Aunt Sarah and Anna|
|Playing with my water table|
|Curls and cuteness|
|Me, Claire, Beth, Izzie, Becky, and Ava. BFFs all the way around!|
|Trent getting the grill ready for hamburgers and hotdogs!|
|My favorite family picture to date (well I have lots of favorites)! We are all smiling!|
|Enjoying the shade|
|Waiting for supper|
|Aunt Julie figured out how to bribe Claire into letting her hold her. Diet Mountain Dew!|
|"How many more pictures do we have to take???"|
|I love this! Claire was having a blast playing in the yard with her cousins!|
|"Look at me mom!!!"|
|Connor and Claire|
|The infamous birthday cake for me and James (Jams....). hahaha|
|Carpenter Girls: Aunt Julie, Me, Claire (1/2 Carpenter girl), Aunt Amanda, and Aunt Brandy (soon-to-be Carpenter girl)|
|Candice, Jacob, and Trent playing pool volleyball|
|Aunt Brandy and Claire|
We had a blast! I just wish that Claire had not gotten sick. And that she had not exposed the other kids unknowingly at the party. I guess it's a part of life that I have to get used to sooner or later.
I have never really thought of birthdays the way I do now. I have always thought of birthdays as an exciting time to get together with family and friends and have fun. Sometimes you get gifts, sometimes you don’t. The older I get, the more I see birthdays in a different light.
Let’s back up several years. Our parents always made a big deal out of our birthdays. We were always made to feel special. I remember after most of my birthday parties as a child, I would usually cry. I know it sounds really odd, right? It should be a fun time and I should be enjoying my new gifts. But I would feel so bad that people spent their money on me to buy me something. Weird, I know. I remember crying in bed one night after my party and my mom came back to see what was wrong (I specifically remember getting a new boom box radio - tells my age right?). I told her I was just sad because I didn’t want anyone to spend money on me or buy me things. I felt bad about it. I remember her telling me that they wouldn’t have come to the party or bought me a gift if they really didn’t want to. So I tried to accept it. I still to this day do not like a big deal made of my birthday. And still to this day, I cried as we laid in bed after the pool party. Trent had to deal with me this time and tell me that I deserved to have a party. I think I cried myself to sleep - and yes, I am 33 years old.
As I started thinking about it this year and realizing how old I was going to be, it just hit me. Birthdays are so much more. I guess last year, I was in such a daze and glaze when we celebrated Claire’s first birthday, that it still didn’t sink in then. I was just so excited that we had actually made it one whole year. But as I think about my birthday and planning Claire’s 2nd birthday, I realize that birthdays are super special and just how my parents must have felt when celebrating our birthdays as children.
What a day to celebrate and remember!? It’s not just a fun day to have cake and ice cream and gifts. It’s a day that celebrates the birth of that child or person. The world would not be the same without them being born and so it makes it such a great day to celebrate them and remember back to that special day. I see now why our parents always made our birthdays special. Not only were they trying to make us enjoy our special day, it’s also a celebration for parents to remember that awesome day when their child was born.
So instead of looking at my birthday this year as a day that I turn older, I am looking at it from a mother’s perspective this year. And so I celebrated.
I appreciate everyone making the birthday celebration special! I look forward to many, many more birthdays!
The Scott Family