Thank you for all of the sweet birthday cheer yesterday - here, on Facebook, and in my inbox. You all really know how to throw a party!
And it turns out, so does my family.
My vision of spending my birthday out in the fresh air and sunshine, cooking down sap (and cooking our lunch) over the maple fire was dampened by an all-day downpour.
No matter. It only made for more time for sewing, knitting, and otherwise snuggling in with my three favorite people.
Lupine decided that the best thing to do on one's birthday was to read books aloud (to her) and color together, so we did some of that too. (Her book selection? "Happy Birthday to You!" by Dr. Seuss. Adorable.)
Pete and the kids were on their game, delivering sweet handmade gifts and yummy handmade food from dawn until dusk. I could easily turn forty once a week to get this kind of treatment.
And a gift for myself? Why yes. That, too. There was the list I shared a peek of yesterday of "forty things" I plan to do, and also the rainbow banner in the photos above.
Because my kids have a birthday banner. What about me? Forty seemed like the right time to make one for myself.
I used bits of Sage and Lupine's slings for the brown and green pennants, so it's a super-extra-sentimental sort of special. (My tutorial to make your own is here.)
Oh, and one more thing.
The best part of my birthday might have been this mess.
Because I didn't clean up a thing.