Today is my birthday!! Here’s to my 56th year. Many of us got together last night for a little birthday fun.
Kelli had worked the overnight on Sunday. Monday I had her kiddos here while she slept. She got up earlier than normal and her and Georgie made me a cake.
I love the little handprint on her butt!! HA! …and Rosie waiting for anything that drops.
They treated me to… food from the bar for supper. Gannon LOVES onion rings. He will eat a whole order himself. He’ll barely touch French fries but onion rings…he’ll gobble them up.
I snapped this picture of Karl with Emmett and Eli. They are getting so big. Emmett crawls everywhere. Eli is starting to but isn’t as quick. Eli has teeth, Emmett doesn’t. It’s fun to watch them grow.
The kids bought me the board game, Ticket to Ride the Nordic Countries, find it HERE on Amazon. I was thrilled. The game is similar to the version we regularly play but this one takes place in Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
I didn’t know if it would be fun to play other versions thinking it was the same game different map…not true. It was different and there are new rules and strategies.
The reason they picked this version is that I am half Swedish. My grandparents on my Dad’s side came on the boat from Sweden. My Dad grew up speaking Swedish and learned English when he went to school. In Dad’s day, the district hired a teacher who could speak both Swedish and English as there was a big pocket of Swedish emigrants in that area. Dad said that church was spoken in Swedish until he was older but even then one service each month was still in Swedish.
I am very proud of my Swedish heritage and have always passed that on to my kids. The funny thing is…Kramer was German. His grandparents were emigrants too. So who knows, we might need the German version as well.
We laughed and had fun as we tried to pronounce the Scandinavian countries. We weren’t the best at it.
Overall we really liked the game.
This version is only for 2-3 players and we felt that was accurate. We didn’t play with Carver this time. I think this version is a little harder than the original USA version.
It’s crazy when we play. We play pass the baby while we play the game…it’s challenging but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re priming them to love board games when they get older!!
Here is a little video of me trying shuffle cards while Eli “helps”. Just push the play button to watch the video.
The good news…I WON!
Karl was in agony over my win. (Not really-he was acting) We love making sure everyone has fun.
Kelli also got me this fun 5-year diary with prompts.
Each page looks like this. There is a question and then lines. So each year on May 29th you answer the same question. Each year you can read the previous year’s response. I think I’m going to really like it. I always have it in my head that I’m going to write a journal…and then I don’t. This I think I can do.
In August one question is “What was the strangest thing to happen to you recently.”
Kelli said there are many versions of this style of the journal. You see them HERE on Amazon. There are kids versions, mom versions, prayer versions…and lots of others. I am excited about it!
She also bought these… It’s a refective belt for being outdoors in the evening/night.
I often stop walking in the fall when the time changes. It gets dark by the time I’m done with childcare and can get out and walk. I can wear this so I can be seen. Isn’t she a good daughter to look out for my safety?? She bought a two-pack as I often walk with a friend. You can find them HERE.
It was a great day with family… and my fun has continued on into today including messages from family and friends and a stop from a local blog reader/friend who dropped off a card and gift including these…
It’s a whole bag of quilting magazines. PERFECT!! I love these and don’t subscribe so this is a real treat!! THANKS, Patty!!
I’ve been trying to be a little better about keeping my feet up. These will be perfect to help me do just that!!
MANY-MANY thanks to everyone who has helped usher my 56th year in with style.
Last night when Kelli left she gave me a big hug. She said, “I hope you’re here for many more birthdays!” I hope I am too! Birthdays are a blessing. Not everyone gets them so I’m celebrating this one BIG TIME!!