Its my birthday today- the big 4-0!
Up until a few months ago I must admit that I was dreading it a bit, but then I thought "what the heck, lets celebrate!"
Mr Tartankiwi offered to plan the day and over the last few days he and the children have been busily plotting and arranging surprises.
Some surprises were more successful than others! On Saturday I came home from work and asked Rascal what she had done that day.
"We went to the shops to buy balloons for your birthday" she proudly announced. Scallywag then chimed in and announced "ORANGE Ballooooons!!!"... Oops, Mr Tartankiwi was not impressed!
Other surprises were more successful. Like the yummy Chocolate Birthday cake that Mr Tartankiwi and Rascal made for me (I was banished from the kitchen yesterday and this morning!) I had no idea what kind of a cake they had made.
I was woken this morning by Rascal and Scallywag charging into the room with balloons, jumping on the bed, shouting "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" at the top of their lungs and giving me hugs and kisses- is there a better way to wake on your birthday?- I don't think so!!!
We then caught up with family in Europe using Skype before heading out on an "umventure".
For the second year in a row, Scallywag was sick on my birthday, but luckily this year it was only travel sick as the car wove its way along the summit road in the Port Hills! Hopefully this is a habit that he will grow out of!!!
We ended up at the Sign of the Bellbird where we went did the Orongomai Trail. Scallywag ran, scrambled, fell, got up, fell again, got up again, giggled and ran off (no he didn't walk!) for an amazing distance before he refused to walk another step and had to be carried by Dad.
Rascal may have struggled towards the end, but she impressed us with her determination to walk. Luckily we had a treat waiting for her in the car- a Tiny Eyes doll! It was delivered by the courier just as we were leaving on our umventure. It was the perfect reward for a little girl who had walked a long way!
Our initial intention had been to go out for lunch after the walk, but we reassessed the situation and realised that with exhausted children the chances of having a relaxing meal were next to nothing, so we went for a fluffy and then came home where we enjoyed the sunshine. It was the right choice!
Dinner was a yummy Indian takeaway surrounded by my three favourite people. The perfect day of being spoilt and receiving lovely gifts from friends and family. Another decade older, but determined to make the most of every day!
Thank you to everyone who has sent me birthday wishes- you really helped to make it a special day.