Hi, I'm Shannon. The last time I rode a bike was in 2009, down a volcano on Maui. It was fun, but mostly I just like to pose with them. I also like to blog about everyday life, dating my husband, projects & parties, being a mom, faith, embracing change, and finding joy in the journey. Thanks for joining me!
So how do you celebrate a 33rd birthday, when said birthday also happens to land on Mother's Day? Turn it into a 3-day long birthday party!
day 1: the birthday party
Scott was surprised (I think) to come home from work on Friday to find the house decked out in streamers, balloons, and a pile of gifts on the kitchen counter. The plan was to hide and yell "surprise!" but he decided to come home early and so we were away at that moment, picking up Conner from school. Luckily, I had assigned the kids to streamer duty before school.
for months, the kids have been randomly going up to Scott and asking him what he wants for his birthday. Like, since way back in September. And his answer has always been, "cheese." And so, the kids have been telling me for weeks that we need to get dad cheese for his birthday. His wish was granted in the form of easy cheese, or as the kids call it "melted cheese.". And 2 more cans on his actual birthday.
Crazy. I know. And the cherry on top . . . a birthday haircut from me! :)
Birthday dinner: chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy.
dads deserve birthday dates too, right? We went into town to Scott's favorite Hawaiian restaurant and managed to stuff ourselves. Then to the movie theater for . . . Star Trek. Scott owns all the Star Trek movies and watches Next Generation and Voyager on a regular basis. As much as he loves Star Wars, he loves Star Trek even more. As for a review - 2 thumbs up! I really liked it too. Growing up, we had several Star Trek movies in our family movie collection, and The Wrath of Khan probably had the most showings.
Our date truck dashboard cam:
day 3: the actual birthday
After waking up bright and early (6:30am) and being bombarded with my mother's day presents (a post later) I headed down to the kitchen to make the banana cake. Or, as Payton & Scott now like to call it "Panana Cake."
The highlight of the afternoon definitely had to be the giving of birthday spanks. We divided it up so all the kids got to bestow 11 spanks upon their father. The kids were talking about it all day, so excited at the opportunity to dish it out on dad. Oh, it makes me laugh just thinking about it! Conner determined the order Anna-Payton-Conner for small-medium-and hard spanks and there was talk of preparing ice packs for dad's bum. Anna started us out, and then Payton . . . oh my goodness I thought about getting the video camera out, but it was just too fun to watch. With Scott laying on the floor, Payton crouched and then jumped up with all his might and came down with his hand swinging. Over and over again. We were all laughing uncontrollably. Oh, such a good time.
Thomas S. Monson
- I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey -- now.