Our family had it’s first post-Christmas gathering to celebrate the January birthdays. Yes, we are one of those families. The kind of family that only needs one good reason to get together before we gather from all corners of the state.
And yesterday we had three.
This January marked not only my nephew Timothy’s second birthday, but my dad’s 60th birthday, and my sister Heather’s Sweet Sixteen. So before we even finished Christmas, we planned a weekend in January when we’d all be available to get-together.
We didn’t do anything special or expensive. Crazy or outrageous.
We ate cheesecake and apple pie. We watched football. We spent time together. As a family.
For us, the best part of getting together wasn’t the birthday presents, although of course we had those. The best part of getting together was catching up.
Pushing pause on the stress of the real world and reconnecting. There are so many things you remember and enjoy with family that can’t be communicated over text messages and Facebook posts.
First we just hung out over a late lunch and playing outside. With 7 grandchildren in the 7-and-under range there’s always fun and excitement. I have 5 kids now and my sister, Tamara, has two. Samantha and Brianna are best buddies.
Samantha’s daddy took Brianna around the block on Papa’s motorcycle and we heard about how fun that was for hours afterwards. Such a big grin! The cold weather didn’t stop her!
Then we chatted. About opportunities I’ve had recently, the property we looked at last week, my sister’s house back for rent again, my other sister’s pending trip to Ecuador to serve at a mission there….all the things that are better shared face to face when we can commiserate, encourage and laugh.
Birthday cake was cheesecake and apple pie – the favorites of the birthday honorees. Sometimes breaking from tradition is more fun, right?
It was a special birthday celebration for us to be able to celebrate three generations at one time. But what made it special was being together.
How do you like to celebrate birthdays and family get-togethers?This post was written as a compensated part of the Hallmark Life is a Special Occasion campaign but all opinions and photos are mine.