Our birthday binge is finally coming to an end. We had Papa's birthday visit Saturday, the friend party yesterday, and today I took the afternoon off (which coincided with our best October weather yet with temperatures in the low 70s!) for Claire's birthday shopping spree. Claire and I had a fantastic time this afternoon. We had a nice lunch at Nordstrom Cafe (ok, admittedly, that was for me, but she's none the wiser), and then we shopped at Toys R Us where she picked out the "Elefun" game and rollerskates (!), and then we moved to Target where we picked up a shiny trinket box, a travel size etch-a-sketch, and a change purse I've been asked for at least 5 times.
And after the twins went to bed, we finally did the 'real' candles and cake event with the cake my mother made for Claire (it's a beauty, isn't it?), which means Claire has eaten birthday cake three times now in addition to some chocolate fudge (via Papa) and a chocolate chip cookie (via Nordstrom Cafe). Glug.
I've posted our birthday images from today. And now, I need to carve out a few still moments to reflect upon the 5-year milestone in the motherhood journey. Maybe I'm an unusual mother, but I don't overly lament the lost baby stages - I love the idea of having older children and am very excited about seeing what age five is all about!