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Sunday was a pretty exciting day at our house. While I was celebrating being a mother, our family was also celebrating one of the very special people in our house because it was Lucy”s fifth birthday!
Lucy is one of my quieter children (though she has her moments of zaniness and wild behavior) and birthday parties aren”t really her thing. Her introverted mother can certainly relate to that.
After some discussion, Lucy and I decided that we”d most like to spend our day swimming and being pampered and visiting one of her favorite places – the “big city.”
Yes, there”s a bit of irony in the country family “escaping” to the city. It was very city mouse/country mouse of us, don”t you think?
So, we raided the family vacation fund (not really, everyone was on board with the idea and I searched high and low for a good deal) and we booked a hotel in downtown Indianapolis.
The six of us tucked ourselves in for a Mother”s Day/Birthday weekend of swimming, walking around downtown, visiting the Arts Garden, more swimming, sleeping in, and letting someone else cook the meals and make the beds.
We had a gorgeous view of the city from waaaaaay up high on the 17th floor and we even got to see the Good Year blimp as it flew over our hotel during the basketball playoff game.
We are big Indy Car fans in our family and the hotel we stayed at had a sponsorship deal with KV Racing. The elevators had posters of the KV drivers, Tony Kanaan and Simona DeSilvestro, and the kids would “race” them to see who won each time. Sorry TK, but the Iron Maiden won the series by a landslide (much to my little girls delight!) And, if you”re unsure who to cheer for in this year”s Indy 500, Lucy and I suggest Simona.
Sunday evening we returned home for birthday cake baking, penne a”la vodka eating, and present opening. We finished the weekend with full bellies, tired limbs from so much swimming, and a feeling of contentment. It was kind of awesome.
I like the way this daughter of mine celebrates!
Age 5: Want, Need, Wear, Read
When it comes to presents, we use this simple gift giving philosophy in our family:
Something they WANT.
Something they NEED.
Something to WEAR.
Something to READ.
This year for Lucy”s birthday we gave her:
- Cabbage Patch Kids Surprise Newborn Twins (our little mama had been asking for these for a long time).
- New shoes for summer.
- A very twirly dress (Lucy”s came fromon etsy).
- Three Little Golden Books: Seven Little Postmen, Nurse Nancy, and Doctor Dan.
Happy Birthday, my Lucinda Lu! We love you so!