How many of you can say you had a "Bike Party" for your 33rd birthday? I did. :-)
Let me go on record that exercise is not something I particularly enjoy. I love the outdoors, but strolling or sitting in the sunshine reading a book are way more my speed than anything that raises my heart rate , induces muscle soreness or sweat! HOWEVER, as we all know, being a Mom frequently means it is not about you. My children REALLY wanted me to have a bike so I could ride with them. They have bikes and Daddy has a bike. I needed one as far as they were concerned. They have been chattering about it for a couple of months.
My husband happened to have an extra bike stashed in the shed. It needed tuning up in order to be "Mom ready" so he took it to the bike shop last week and the children unveiled it yesterday morning. In the dark at 6:45 am! (They had been up since 5:20)They even got me a bell and a helmet. We had a bike parade in the driveway...and I must admit, I grinned bigger than I have in a while. The children were beside themselves with excitement over the bike "they got me."
We spent the entire day outside, visiting with friends, strolling downtown and working in the yard. In the late afternoon, my in-laws came from Atlanta to babysit so my hubby and I could enjoy a grown up birthday dinner date. They brought a cake (with a bike on it) and bike horns for the children as party favors.
Dinner was candlelit and fabulous. I also got a really fun gift from my husband: outdoor furniture for my patio!
Family, friends, a crisp Fall day and 3 cupcakes, ice cream, birthday cake and an apple turnover a la mode made for a SWEET 33rd! Thanks for the well wishes.