How I Chose to Spend My Birthday

My Birthday Manifesto (i.e. 5 Steps to a Perfect Birthday):

1. Ignore Dirty Dishes in the Sink.

2. Ignore Laundry Pile.

3. Turn Off Phone Ringer.

4. Procrastinate Errands.

5. PAINT stuff. Alongside the kiddos. ALL DAY.

It. Was. Awesome.


  1. Happy Birthday!!!!

  2. Dear Valerie,

    6. Snuggle with your hubby?


  3. Perfection.

    Happy Birthday!!!

  4. Awesome. Happy birthday!

  5. Happy Birthday! Looks like the perfect day to me!!!

  6. What a perfect way to spend your birthday.

    Happy Birthday Mama!

  7. Kayla Kingsley says

    I want to see close ups of yours!

  8. sounds golden.

    Happy Birthday!

  9. And this is why I couldn’t get a hold of you to wish you a Happy Birthday – so, Happy Birthday!

  10. It sounds like you had a great birthday! Happy birthday!

  11. Happy Birthday. And terrific plans! I should take off work on my birthday and spend it with all my kids. Fun.

  12. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful day you have planned x

  13. Happy Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful birthday to me!

  14. So glad you had such a nice day. Happy Birthday!

  15. rachelrae215 says

    i really like the paintings – how did you do those??

    • So sweet, thank you! We used plain ol’ crayola watercolors with permanent & waterproof markers and just went to town. GREAT fun!!

  16. First: Happy Birthday!

    Next: Why didn’t I think of this?! Well, I’ve got almost 10 months to plan for next year, right?! LOL

  17. we must share a birthday! I spent my thrift store shopping having lunch w/ my husband and sister, going out to ice cream with my kids and also ignoring housework and it WAS awesome!
    Happy belated birthday!

    • That is awesome!!! I LOVE thrift store shopping — sounds like a LOVELY day. Happy Belated b-day to you too, Antoinette! πŸ™‚

  18. What a lovely day you had!

  19. Sounds like a perfect day!

    Happiest of Birthdays Val – Wishing you another year of love, laughter, and happiness!!


  20. Happy Birthday Valerie! And what wonderful city and flower “cards” to remember it by!

  21. It’s so nice to see someone who wants to BE WITH her kids for her birthday instead of GET AWAY from them! I appreciate your mothering example as much as I appreciate your activities. Happy birthday!

  22. Happy Birthday! What a superb way to spend it! My birthday was in May, and I had a tea party with my daughter and two close friends. It was so much fun πŸ™‚

  23. Happy belated birthday Valerie! Simple birthdays are the best. No chores is even better – and two gorgeous daughters, we are both blessed in that department πŸ™‚


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