A birthday-in-review letter

30 Jan

Dear Jade,

I know I must have sounded like the Birthday Grinch yesterday, but I really didn’t mean it that way.  We didn’t have a birthday party with cake, balloons, and loot bags, but it still turned out to be a really wonderful day.

Right after breakfast you got to open up your presents.  There was a little puppy that barks from Amanda (which you immediately loved and named Dora), the pink pot and packet of sunflower seeds from Papa and me, and then there was the Playmobil farm from Nai-Nai and Opa which was the biggest hit of all.  (I can’t blame you.  I want to play with it myself!)

I like how you really appreciated all your gifts.  While Christmas was fun, there were so many new things to play with, they all got a bit lost in a big jumble.  Today you really got to play with your new things and you couldn’t get enough of them.

Amanda and I had to coax you out of the farmhouse to put on your snowsuit so we could go out and meet your friends for sliding.  With four kids (plus Halia), four adults, five sleds, one GT racer, and two crazy carpets, there was always something and someone to slide with, and not too much of that pesky waiting around.  All the adults thought it was great when the three oldest kids (you included) had a “safety meeting” under the shelter of one of the trees to talk about skidoos and how to avoid hitting them.

Everyone came over for soup and fresh bread.  You got an “apple pie” with bacon on the side and I decided to put some birthday candles on the pie, so we all sang happy birthday.  That wasn’t really a planned part of the day and I was embarrassed when one of the kids asked if they would get to have cake, too.  Oops!  I think next year you will be old enough to help bake a cake and serve it to your guests.

After nap time (during which you didn’t nap at all, but played with Dora the dog instead) you got to play some more and then we planted your sunflowers.  You were very pleased to be giving “Snake” the watering-indicator worm a new place to live.

Finally, before bed, we hung up one of your three soothers on the lamp in the kitchen so that the Soother Fairy can come and take it away now that you’re FOUR years old.  We’ve been talking about the Soother Fairy for about a month now and you seem pretty excited about it.  (We’ll see what you think of it when the third and final soother goes into that bag about a week from now…)

All day long there were phone calls: from Auntie Nem, Nai-Nai and Opa, and Uncle Tim.  There was the video that your cousins made for you.  And there was the crazy Skype call with Gran and Buddy and the whole Milne gang, and a nice long Skype call with Papa, who really wished that he could be home with you.

Let me tell you, Jade, I was so proud of you for being in such a good mood all day, remembering to say thank you for all the gifts and well wishes, and happily sharing your new toys with your friends and your sister.  You must have known how special you are with all these people calling you, singing to you, and wishing you a happy birthday.  You must have felt how loved you are.

I think if we could just have had Papa here with us, it would have been a completely perfect day.  Happy birthday, my big girl!

Love, Mama

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9 Responses to “A birthday-in-review letter”

  1. Opa January 31, 2010 at 2:27 am #

    Sweet, dab, sniffle

  2. Tine January 31, 2010 at 2:52 am #

    Sounds like fun 🙂 !! I’m glad Jade (& you, too !!) had such a great day – she (&, again, you, too !!) really deserves it !!

    Again, Happy B-Day from Germany !!

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  3. Laurie January 31, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Awww, that is SO sweet. What a darling, special girl she is. I LOVE the flower pot, planting flowers gift. I love how you took a day, made it low key, and yet it seems like it was an awesome day for all of you. When my oldest son was that age, we called his pacifiers “Nuks” and on his birthday, the “nuk fairy” came, took all his nuks, and left him a big package of dinosaurs in return. He was VERY happy with the trade! As were we! Happy Birthday, sweet Jade.

  4. Cristina January 31, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Happy birthday, Jade! She is so lovely and happy! She clearly had a WONDERFUL birthday! 🙂 Love and hugs to you all!

  5. Barbara January 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Aaaawww. Really, really sweet!

    Love Playmobil!

  6. DaniGirl February 2, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    Sigh, I do love a good birthday post! (I have a lot of birthdays this week, too!)

    I love the idea of the soother fairy — very clever! Will be curious to see how it works out.

    Happy Birthday Jade!

  7. DaniGirl February 2, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    Oops, forgot to mention my very first thought on seeing this post: what a terrific smile she has! I could eat those cheeks whole!!

  8. Kara February 5, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Sounds like the perfect birthday! Happy Birthday Jade!

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