It was a long, ugly night for Nate. Thankfully, the bug didn't linger very long. By Saturday afternoon we were at the park with the kids - Nate was moving a little slower than usual, but feeling much better.
Sunday we invited friends and family for a b-day celebration. It was just right - everyone helped with food, the kids played like champs, the conversation flowed easily and so did the laughs. I had seen an idea (in a Martha magazine, of course!) that I wanted to duplicate, so I made a photo collage on the wall in the front room.
*note: Anne made me that darling Birthday banner and i cannot tell you what a fun gift it's been. It's part of our family birthday tradition now - we get it out for everyone's special day. I think it would be cute to give for a wedding or bridal shower gift - a family tradition in a box. What is better than that?
It was so nostalgic to get out our big box of family photos and find all the most memorable ones of Nate - shots from his childhood, our engagement and wedding pictures, the births of our children. The ones that really got me were pictures of big, strong, handsome Nate being so tender with our tiny babies. If there's anything sexier than that...?? We have several pictures of Nate and Henry napping together when Henry was very small and, so help me, I cannot keep my eyes dry when I look at those! So anyway, the project was really fun and meaningful to put together and it was such a fun conversation piece at the party. Nate and his mom stood in front of it for a good while reminiscing on memories from his childhood. We laughed about the picture of little boy Nate in a polka dotted dress. Lots of fondness and smiles. A great way to start a party. And a snap to pull off.
It is easy to celebrate Nate; his goodness is as big as the sky.