Time for a proud mommy moment! Today, my son is turning 4 years old. My husband and I have a saying “The days are long but the years are fast.” And that statement could not be MORE true! I really find myself looking at him and thinking when did you go from fitting into my arms to being able to wrap them around me to give me a hug? Wow. Just wow. Yes – I’m getting all sentimental about it. The good thing is that birthdays around here do NOT break the bank.
We don’t have a big shindig every year for our children. They each get to have a large party with friends and the whole nine yards every 2 or 3 years. On the off years, we still celebrate, of course. Each child gets to pick the type of cake they want and I take the time to personally create it. Now, Ace of Cakes won’t be beating down my door any time soon, but I make them with love and that’s what matters most.
We invite their grandparents over. They open gifts. And of course, we sing Happy Birthday. It is so laid back and so nice to just really take time to enjoy the kids. To watch them and take in the day instead of running around tending to party things and missing out on the day (I’ve done that my fair share of times).
We were lucky this year when it came time to by his birthday gifts. We paid nothing. I saved up my Swagbucks to purchase Amazon gift cards and used them to pay for the few items that we are giving to him. Of course, not everyone can do that. All year long I watch for clearance items and pick up things here and there. I watch Amazon for when prices drop so I can swoop in and pick it up at a lowered price. These are easy ways to find that special birthday gift for your favorite birthday girl or boy.
While our “big” celebration is not until this weekend, we just knew that we couldn’t let him wake up without opening one gift. So, we gave him a baseball mit and glove. He was thrilled. Now I can’t wait until our “John Deere Boy” sees his new John Deere Bicycle! Which leads me to ask the question……any guesses on what we might have on his cake this year???