Today's Prompt: What was your most memorable birthday?
I love this prompt! This morning over breakfast I told Scott about the prompt. He responded so quickly and excitedly, "My 5th birthday, that was my favorite". He went on to tell me about the park where he had his party and about the stuffed bear his parents gave him affectionately known as "bubby".
I love birthdays. I will be 99 and still get excited about the festivities. I know some people as they grow up become more chill and relaxed and mature about birthdays. But sadly I am not one of those people. I am all about presents, friends and party favors. My family was all about birthdays too and every year we picked out the menu for our dinner, the type of party we wanted, the theme, the decorations and the invites. We had so much fun doing it. I had birthday themed tea-parties where my mom got out all of her antique china for my friends and I, we went TP(ing) friends' houses, played Capture the Flag, had sweet sixteen birthday parties and many more.
So naturally as I grew up and moved away from Nebraska to Minnesota and then unto San Diego for graduate school; it would have been normal for me to adjust my expectations for birthday parties. But I didn't. Haha. Thankfully I had a super party-planner(ish) roommate in Janice.
One of my most memorable birthdays was my 25th birthday. At the time my sister, Brooke was going to college in Oklahoma and I was in graduate school in San Diego. I remember so vividly coming home from night class, walking in the door and seeing purple and blue streamers and balloons. I saw Janice looking chipper despite it being 10 pm at night (those night classes!) And all of a sudden there was my sister standing there amidst balloons and streamers. I think I just stared at her in confusion wondering how she magically appeared in my kitchen. I had just talked to her earlier that day in Oklahoma (so I thought, she was at the airport). I couldn't understand how she developed teleportation so quickly. lol. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled she would come surprise me for my 25th birthday. It meant so much to me.
My love language is largely words of affirmation so when Janice and all my friends put together 25 reasons I would rock 25 I was really touched. My love tank was so full.
I think Janice even managed to create some kind of purple colored cocktail. We ended by watching Nacho Libre. I felt so lucky+grateful to have the kind of friends and sister who would plan such an amazing party for me.
I have successfully surprised my other sister, Jess, twice now. (one for her high-school graduation and two for her college graduation) I have yet to surprise Brooke but there's still plenty of time (muhahahha).
It was certainly hard to pick one because I've had so many wonderful birthdays! This past year I turned 30 and Scott and my good friend Abby threw me an amazing party (complete with shrimp:my favorite and lots of written verbal affirmation). This year I'll turn 31 and three days later we fly off to London so it's bound to be another good one :)
I'm excited to hear about your favorite birthdays!