It strange, yet nice, having children old enough to light the candles and present me with my birthday cake, instead of the other way around. I didn’t even have to cut it!
Today is my birthday.
I am 33.
I’ve had prezzies, cards and cake. The kids have been very sweet and seem not to have argued with me quite as much as usual!
On Tuesday we celebrated LM’s birthday. She is my third child and my youngest girl. I cannot believe that she is now an eleven year old! In a few short months she will be going up to the Comprehensive School and starting a whole new part of her life. No matter how old she get’s though, she will always be my baby girl.
Being as she was in school on her actual birthday we decided that we would do something on the Monday instead as it was the Bank Holiday. We always allow our kids to decide what they want to do to celebrate their birthdays, we rarely have big parties. Last year she wanted to go swimming. This year she wanted to have breakfast in the Harvester. LM is a very picky eater and won’t go for a real meal there but loves their breakfasts! She had pancakes with bacon and maple syrup.
She then wanted to spend the day in St Fagan’s National History Museum of Wales. If you are ever in the South Wales area, I recommend taking a visit. Being as it a museum it’s free to enter and you can spend the entire day wandering the grounds. There is an old manor house (that they call the castle) that has some beautiful gardens and a huge pond. The kids always love wandering through the house, which is decorated to how it would have been at the end of the 19th century. They love the fact that one of the bedrooms is bigger than the entire downstairs of our house and claim they wouldn’t mind sharing a room if it was that big!
Another thing that the kids always look forward to is buying the freshly made bread that they make in a traditional bake house. Sadly as it was bank holiday it was quite busy so they had sold out by the time we’d gotten there. But they were quite happy when we all had ice-cream instead!
On her birthday she was up early to open her presents before the older two went out to their bus at 7.30am. We sort of have a tradition that our kids get certain gifts for certain ages, like a mobile phone when they are allowed off the street when they turn eight. The birthday before they go up to the comp we decided it was a good idea to buy the kids their own netbooks so they can do any homework they are set. A lot of it is computer based so this has been a great help to them, more importantly they are not hogging the main computer as it is attached to our big TV! E&Ff are now gutted that hers is a touchscreen one and theirs are not. Strangely it was the cheapest one I could find!
She only had a few other small presents, like a one direction notepad and a moneybox(also 1D) You’d think with all the mess in that picture that she’d had a ton of presents, nope she’s just messy!
Of course, being as it is her last birthday in primary school she had to take a cake in for her classmates, so we had to buy two cakes! Here she is with the one we had at home to finish off the day:
How do you celebrate birthdays? Do you go all out with big parties or prefer to do an activity like us?