It’s 9:40 in the evening. My children are asleep. The house is quiet, even with guests about. The backyard is cleaned up. The dishes are done. The air is cool outdoors. And there’s a smile in my heart about all of the days’ wonderful festivities.

D turns 5 on Monday and his “big” birthday party was today. I love a good party, but the idea of having a “big” party each and every year for both of my children does not excite me in the least. I think birthday parties should be fun, something to look forward to, special, as well as an event that doesn’t set the family back financially. That’s just a few of the reasons Hubs and I refrain from giving a birthday bash every year to the boys.  L will be having his first “big” party next year when he turns 3. The next big party for D won’t be until he’s 10.

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