We spend a week or so before my birthday brainstorming and preparing for the big day.
These times of preparing with you - these are some of my favorite memories. You are both so kind. So generous. So thoughtful. You always have great ideas of people and places that we can visit for our day.
Our first year we called them Random Acts of Kindness. Mommy took some criticism from the virtual world as perhaps our tasks weren't random, and others were things we might do an ordinary day.
The objective isn't to please or impress anyone - virtual or in real life. But rather, to provide you both with a tradition. A little character education.
A memory - of how I enjoy spending my birthday. Being kind. Randomly kind. Purposefully kind. But always kind.
1 - We wrote out bible verses and cards for all the people on our church's home bound prayer list. We included notes letting them know we are praying for them.
6 - I wrote a card to encourage a dear friend.
7 - We made home made bookmarks using cardstock, yarn, and your favorite stickers. We went to our local library and you put them in all your favorite books. I enjoyed this one - Bubbe even took the time to find his favorite part in one of his favorite books and hide it there!
10. We dropped off non grocery items here - hand soap, air freshener, etc. This was a really touching stop for both Bubbe and I (Princess stayed in the car on this one). When we went in to drop off, families were lined up waiting to get food. It was moving to see that our donations were needed and would be used immediately. This will become a regular stop for us.
36 - Bubbe helped Sweet Daddy get Nana's mail and feed her dogs.
37 - I chose to cook. Because I knew the kids really want to see The Avengers movie this weekend and the only way we could afford to do that would be to not eat out this week (the bday lunch was covered with coupons we only spent the "tip" money). So, I cooked my own birthday meal. And cleaned up after it.