I’ve adopted having a birthday week as of last year. Too much stuff to cram in on one day. V turns four on Sunday and it continues to blow my mind that she continues to grow & age and I cannot ever have yesterday back. She’s a delightful kid with a crazy imagination, the kindest heart that you could encounter, tons of emotion (which she is getting under control with every year under her belt), and has me quite smitten. Last year we went to the mall to get a charm bracelet, along with a charm. We started the week by picking out a new charm (Hello Kitty was the charm of choice–I was hoping she went for the donut), which left Tayers in tears saying, “I want a bwaycwet, toooo!”
Birthday week means doing special little things everyday with anticipation for the “birth” day. And since I get a bit nostalgic, I retell her of a mommy & daddy living in a little duplex awaiting the birth of their first child. With a middle name like ‘Storey,’ it’s no wonder she sits absolutely quiet, staring intently, while her little mind is picturing how the story looks (it’s also no wonder she asks us to tell a story at least 10 times a day).
In honor of birthday week, we will also be doing some special food items. I haven’t made scones or muffins in a while, and these are the times to celebrate (still eating paleo). She has already planned on having Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes for her birthday cake of choice (by the way, this recipe is my number one recipe viewed here–it’s that good). The difference is that I’m going to use GF ice cream cones and swap out the flour with almond flour, or coconut flour. We will also be putting butterflies on top (a new V fad).
As for our family, Ben has initiated a technology black out starting at 5pm the whole week. I’m looking forward to unplugging with a purpose. He also initiated a little family retreat, which will be a couple of days next week. This year I’m going to embrace simplicity & contentment. I see how this area has been blooming in my eating & exercise life. I’ve found peace in feeding my body whole, clean food; as well as, learning how to find contentment when the stress waves hit me by not quenching it with a food “treat.” I’m seeing this needing to be applied in our finances, our family time, and general interactions with others. I’ve been asking questions, “Do I need to buy something to make me happy? In order to make a meaningful time with my family (Ben, or a date with the girls), do I need to purchase something; whether, it be a hot cocoa for the girls, toy, trinket, etc? How can we enjoy “being” together without the other stuff?
I’m reminded how music is so integral to who I am. I love singing, creating music and listening to good music. It’s something I’ve put on the back burner. This 2011 is about me picking up my ole’ Washburn, that has not seen light more than five times in the past year, and creating with it. But don’t despair, I will still be creating in the kitchen, too! What’s been mulling around in your head about this coming year?
A Year Ago: Meyer Lemon-Cranberry Scones