That is how many days will have gone by since my birth when I wake up tomorrow morning. Strange to think about it in days instead of years. You easily loose track of a year, how quickly it goes by. Most of the time I look back and ask myself “what have I been doing?”. But my days always seem filled somehow.
40 revolutions around the sun… 14615 rotations around the center of the Earth. What a privilege it is to be allowed to live this life. A true gift indeed.
Saturday was cold, rainy and gray. And although we made an effort to take the kiddos out to the orchard to get some late fall apples, most of the day was spent indoors. We drew and cleared our Halloween wall to make room for November’s creative whims. There was silliness, there was a lot of running around, enjoying our time together and then there was date night : Our god-send of a babysitter came in at 3pm and hubby took me out for an evening on the town. Dinner, french pastries, café au lait and 5 hours of uninterrupted conversation while walking through the dimly lit street of Old Quebec and this birthday girl was spent. We came home early, knowing all too well that the time change would mean our Little Man would most likely be up around 4 h 30 am. But the connecting, this precious time with my soulmate was more than I could ask for.
Thank you to my dear friend Shel for the wonderful hedgehog craft idea!
And right we were : Little Man started fussing to get out of bed around 4 h 45 am and Little Miss followed only 30 minutes later. Being awake with both my babies, the sun barely rising, had such a calm to it. We painted under craft lights and snuggled in front of Frozen (for the 100th time at least!) while slightly pouting at the fact that we hadn’t gotten the snow they promised over night. More crafts (we are a crafty family!), rainbow castles made from Legos, a little cat nap and off we went to brunch at my parents. Again, the comforts of home are what I crave.
We came back in time for afternoon naps and proceeded to roast squashes to bake muffins, then made vegan black bean brownies, roasted 3 pumpkins, freezing 18 cups of purée and canned 4 quarts of chioggia beets. The kiddos ate early and went to bed early as well, which left hubby and I alone again for a meal. I love eating with my children, but these times alone with my love are so few and far between. This week-end, I will be a bit selfish and say that those moments were needed.
So apparently, that is how we celebrate me turning 40 here. I’m thinking many would want a party, but I like the quiet of my life now. I welcome 40 with open arms, my life is exactly what I want it to be. I feel healthier, stronger and happier than I ever have felt at any other decade jump. Age is just a number… And this number seems to suit me just fine!
Hoping you all had a wonderful week-end. Good night!