it’s that time of the year

24 Apr

I love birthdays. Almost too much. Ever since I was a little girl my mom always made me feel like I was on top of the world on April 23rd. One of the drawbacks of celebrating an unforgettable birthday each year is that it gets extremely difficult to top the awesomeness of the last one.

Then, I met N.

N. doesn’t share my passion for birthdays. You see, he was born 2 years and 2 days apart from his brother and they always celebrated their birthdays on the day between the two days. Mid September (=beginning of school). I rest my case.

I tried to convert him into a birthday lover but I have not quite managed to do so. He makes a serious (yet not convincing) attempt to show enthusiasm once I start the mental countdown in my head in the beginning of spring each year but I can see right through him.

Due to my limited mobility this year I had no expectations of feeling spectacular whatsoever. N. had to resume his working parent duties and I was at home with my two precious ones. How lucky was I! (when does school start again??).

My mom came to my rescue just before noon and I decided that it would be best for everyone involved if we managed to leave the house for a while. And so we did. It was tiring and totally against my doc’s advice but it felt damn good. I managed to get a few things done and treated the kids with some frozen yogurt. Happy kids, no mommy meltdown. WIN WIN for everyone.

Upon our return home two surprises were waiting for me.

Surprise no 1:


as N. is allergic to flowers, I have accepted the no flower gifts from him. This year he had the perfect idea. My favorite flower in a pot to be planted in the garden

Surprise no 2:


my best friend P. surprised me with the perfect birthday cake

Deeply touched and blissfully happy I felt immense gratitude. For my family. For my friends. And for my strawberry tart.

Until next time





7 Responses to “it’s that time of the year”

  1. expatsincebirth April 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Congratulations, Tatu! For your special birthday this year (every year is special, don’t you think?) and for the fact that N. and your friend were able to surprise you on this special day. Alles alles Gute und Liebe zu Deinem 37. Geburtstag! 😉

  2. April 25, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Happy Birthday. I’m glad your husband and friend surprised you. The cake looks great.
    My wife loved birthday as a kid. Her parents always woke her up with a special greeting and big fuss.

    • wonderlandbytatu May 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      I don’t have a sweet tooth, I am more of a savoury kinda gal. However the strawberry tart is my all time favourite dessert. Yes, I did enjoy myself a lot, thank you.

  3. ramblingsfromamum April 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Happy Birthday darling, what beautiful surprises, I hope you had a beautiful day…37 oh how I wish 🙂 xxxx hugs.

    • wonderlandbytatu May 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      I enjoyed it a lot. I am not into surprises that much, I like to stick to a program and love planning but some surprises are just awesome!! xxx

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