Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Birthday Fit for a Queen! B, that is...

Oh my goodness-gracious-sakes... Yesterday is one of the most wonderful birthdays I can remember in a long, long time! It was full of love and surprises and not at all what I had expected. On a personal note, Brady has been gone (going to "school") for the past week and won't be home until the end of the month. So my beautiful, thoughtful, gracious, wonderful friends and family gave me a birthday like nothing I've ever experienced! I am so richly blessed with wonderful people in my life, it makes me cry and cry and cry, which is something I don't generally do, but it turns out I'm far more emotional than I realized. (What is the DEAL?!) So my bestie, Kimmy, started things out by giving up her Sunday for me and keeping the B's while I attended something I needed to attend. My babies always have fun with her babies, because they are like cousins, and they had the best day ever, playing Toy Story, building with Legos, sewing, playing the Wii (a true novelty for my B's, because we don't have Wii or DS or any type of computer game) and being with friends that are more like family to them. Whenever my kids are with the Lamberts, I know they are cared for and loved as much as if they were with me, and in fact, even better! They also made me birthday cards, so I had an adorable bag full of cards that are so precious to me - every one is centered around a Queen Bee, and the girls attached dental floss to theirs so they would smell good - and they had an adorable set of blank cards in the bag that say "The Queen Has Arrived," as well. SO COOL! So my birthday really started before my birthday even started, which was yesterday (Monday)... My beloved friend Nikki called and wanted to take me to lunch, but I explained to her how many things I had to catch up on after the busy weekend, and she was totally understanding and let me off the hook. She is one of those special people that you can really tell how you are feeling, and while she didn't want me to be alone on my birthday, she understood how important it is for me to feel "caught up." She and I are a lot alike, that way... So I woke up early, and thank goodness I did, because Brady called me first thing, so that was a nice way to start the day, and THEN, after I took the kids to school, I had the biggest surprise ever - my friends Kristin, Renee and Sandi had put together this HUGE assortment of gifts and balloons and cupcakes (see the photos below). It was AMAZING! I was so shocked and honored and humbled and teary and completely amazed... Later on in the morning, I received not one, but TWO beautiful vases of gorgeous flowers. One was from my parents and the other was from Brady - SO LOVELY! Once I picked up the little B's from school, we headed off to dance class, where we again saw our cherished Lamberts, and they had hugs and cake and Kimmy knitted me the most awesome, beautiful pair of fingerless gloves in the most gorgeous yarn and pattern -I have been dying for a pair of them, and she knew how badly I wanted them and I SO love them! We shared our horsie cupcakes with them after the class, and the B's were excited to get home and see what the "present" was their friends had told them about that they and their mothers had put together... And when they walked in the door and saw it all, they were shocked! Because our friends know they are going through a tough time, right now, there were presents for all of us, with the packages marked for The Queen B, The Little B's, All The B's and so on and so forth. And that was the best gift of all - seeing my B's celebrate my birthday and our family. They were absolutely thrilled beyond anything! It made them so happy all night long, which made me happy. So we opened everything up and I even let them spray the silly strings at each other, and they appreciated every single item. We were SPOILED, to say the least! The thought that went into all of it is a gift in itself. So we had a wonderful day, and it was honestly, quite possibly, the best birthday I can ever remember having. And although I wish Brady could have been with us, it wouldn't have happened this way if he was. So what can we say? It was an amazing day, made that way by amazing people. And on top of all this, the "cherry on top," if you will, were the wonderful cards and phone calls and emails from people I love. So thank you, everyone. I don't know how I ever WILL thank you, but it was truly a birthday for the record books. As Brailey said when we were in the midst of opening everything, "Mom, I think I'm going to cry! I really feel like crying! This is just so NICE!" And she did... Here are some pictures to help the description of the best birthday ever...




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