I grabbed a quiet moment with the lights off to connect with him before our big day began. After wishing him a happy birthday, I asked him if he felt six. He grinned and replied that he did. Then he held up his hand and asked, Do I smell six? I had to giggle. Well, I replied, you were born in the morning so you only smell a little bit six...was my cheeky response.
From here, the morning became more chaotic. In addition to the normal morning routine of getting dressed in school uniforms and eating breakfast, we had a few small presents to open and some overseas phone calls from E Em and Poochie to answer. Eva came out of the kitchen with a lovely bouquet of lilies for me and packed Buddy some chocolate chip cookies she'd made for him to take to school to share as a birthday treat.
It was all a bit overwhelming for our little Ella - two birthdays, cookies, presents and phone calls - but none of it for her. She clearly understood that it wasn't her birthday, but the commotion was stressful nonetheless. So, when she demanded and cookie for breakfast and didn't get her way, she chucked a wobbly.
To sum this up so I can jump into bed, our day was perfect. My students left me notes, sang for me, and my colleagues had chocolate treats for me. Buddy had special birthday treatment during morning meeting. We watched Daddy's basketball team win a game in overtime and we all went out to celebrate 6 and 34 at Pizza Express.
It doesn't get much better than this. Thanks to all of you for your birthday wishes today.