I came down to this cute scene above plus a homemade banner above the couch which read "Happy 3rd Birthday [Finn]!" I thought, "Crap! Mr. F. proves that he is the better parent once again." (Or maybe I just thought that it is was a good thing he was more prepared than I.) But then I noticed that it wasn't his handwriting on the banner--it was Yola's. Yeah for visiting Aunties who raise birthdays above ghetto standards! (And of course, Mr. F. on coming down the stairs said, "what a good mom to make such a fun surprise." Ha ha ha ha ha! No Honey, it wasn't me! It was the guest who twiddled her thumbs in boredom while we went to bed at 7pm.)
|But there were presents! And the boy was happy! Proof!|
I even made a birthday cake. (Still harbor guilt over that cake-less first birthday.)
So yeah. I think we squeaked by pretty respectfully on the birthday front. But then......Easter was less than a week later. And although I had purchased a few items for an Easter basket, when it came to Easter eve, and it was time to put everything together......I was just done. I just didn't have it in me to assemble a basket, and I told Mr. F. so. I was prepared to have Easter be a wash--even to declaring it in my Facebook status.
But lo, on the morn, what did I discover but an Easter basket prepared for my son, complete with treats and presents! There were also wooden eggs hidden around the house to find. This time, Mr. F. saved the day, and I declared him Awesome. He even made a paper bunny box to put into the Easter basket to hold treats. (The only "treats" being in the house were a Kind bar and a Larabar but Finn thought he hit the jackpot.) Awesome, right? This is obviously why people get married--to have someone make up for one's shortcomings. His efforts ended up being way cooler than what I would have done. I wouldn't have thought to hide the eggs, nor would I have printed out and created a cute Easter treat box.
Isn't this an example of Grace? Having others help you complete something that you yourself cannot do on your own? Thank Heaven for wonderful friends and family!