Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Celebrating With Boys and other Sweet Birthday Treats

For Connor's 14 Birthday we treated bunch guys to 'CiCi's Pizza' (an all you can eat pizza buffet) and then back to our house for 'Tommy Boy' with cold gatorades and candybars. 

The boys humored me with a group shot...

which quickly dissolved into a mass of wrestling bodies.  BOYS!!  Actually I am getting used to the constant wrestling that goes on in a house of boys--and Connor's friends were so cute with my little boys.  This is a pretty sweet group of teenagers!
Connor and I share a birthday week and one of my sweet neighbors surprised us one afternoon with the Lindt Truffle cupcakes from The Sisters Cafe.  They were amazing, melt in your mouth good and Connor and I were both so happy with the gift.  Thank you Kay!

My birthday was delightful surrounded by my boys!  And I am happy to report we had no cake issues like last year:)! 

But I have to tell you about quite possibly the sweetest treat of my birthday...
One of my friends arranged with my boys to come over and super clean all my bathrooms while I was out of the house one afternoon. Now,  I love a clean house (especially bathrooms) and pride myself in keeping on a good routine, most of the time, but for some reason May has been crazy for me and I hate to admit it, but I let my bathrooms slide.  I mean, they were BAD!  The last couple of weeks I have skipped the deep cleaning they usually get and have done a five minute-wipe-the-sink-and-counter-and-quickly-swish-the- toilet- brush kind of clean. 

Imagine my total astonishment when I came home to all of my bathrooms pristine, and sparkling clean!  With flowers and chocolate to top it all off!  Seriously I got a little teary eyed:)  What a perfect gift.  I had complained to my friend that I probably needed to hire help with my bathrooms because lately I felt like I couldn't keep up and did not have time for the deep cleaning that they needed. 
As I looked over the beautifully clean rooms,  I waffled between feeling so grateful for such a kind, thoughtful birthday offering and then horrified that my sweet friend cleaned my awful bathrooms---how embarrassing!  In the end I decided to just be thankful (and to NEVER let my bathrooms get that bad again)! 

 I am blessed to be surrounded by good people and hope to follow their sweet examples. I really enjoyed all the facebook messages, emails, texts and phonecalls too!  It made me want to be more diligent in remembering to give birthday wishes:)  They are a sweet treat to receive:)

So all in all May was a great month at our house and we are a little sad to see it end.
Summer is officially upon us now and we are EXCITED, how about you?
This years Summer Bucket List up next! YEAH! 


stephanie said...

I'm smiling---on my to-do list today is clean the master shower and all five toilets in the house. What a sweet gift!

Mindy Halladay said...

What a super sweet gift! You do have amazing friends (to be that thoughtful and intuitive)! It sounds like you had a great day! BTW, my boys are so super jealous of the backyard movie thing. They thought it was your back yard! I told them it was from a magazine and that when our sod is laid (this weekend - hooray) and set up, maybe we could try that! They liked that idea!

Laurel said...

Happy Birthday, Melanie! You don't know me, but I enjoy checking in on your blog once in a while. I came across it through following thesisterscafe.com I was just curious... what is your routine for keeping up on your house (if you don't mind sharing)? I've been trying different routines and I'm still looking for a great one. I'd be interested to know what you have found to work well for you. :)

Brittany said...

Happy bday you two! It was so fun to see those pics of Con with his friends. He is getting so old, I can barely believe it. I was shocked at how deep his voice sounded on his bday when i called! Seriously I swear it's lower than the last time I talked to him! :)

I am so thankful that you have loving and kind friends sis, especially since you are so far away. I wish I could have come to clean your bathrooms! What a wonderful and thoughtful woman!! I hope to meet her someday! :) Loved the pic of you and the boys with the cake...esp Cannon without his shirt - so cute! MISS YOU!!!!

Laura said...

What a nice birthday gift!!! Your boys are so cute & getting so BIG! It's weird to see Connor looking like a teenager. Glad to hear you had a wonderful birthday :)

Carrie Hazar said...

Ahh, Happy Birthday Melanie and Connor! I feel like such a loser of a sister-in-law and aunt...here I got so caught up with everything else that both of your cards are still sitting on my desk and my birthday phone call is still sitting unchecked on my to do list. Anyway, no excuses but it sounds like you both had wonderful days and deserved all the extra special love and attention. I love you both so much and I wish I was closer so I could clean your bathrooms! XOXO

Erin said...

The birthday pictures were so cute. The group of Connor's friends seemed like really sweet teenagers. Your birthday picture is cute. I love teh story of hte friend who cleaned your bathrooms with your boys! So sweet! And I totally can imagine your two conflicting feelings - gratitude and embarrassment because I would have felt that way too! hehe! But of course, only gratitude wins out like you said, since it was a labor of love, and that means a lot.

Anonymous said...

That is wonderful! I have 5 boys and really understand. God bless em and the sweet friend!

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