Take a time machine back 16 years with me and you’ll find a couple, still considered newlyweds, sitting at a ministry conference. Neither of them can remember the topic of the talk or even the name of the speaker, but they remember one piece of advice the speaker gave: “Have too-well-to-go-to-school-days with your kids. It’s a super easy way to make them feel special and get one-on-one time with them.”
Yeah, yeah, that couple was us. We never forgot that piece of advice and we’re so glad! So once a year, usually around the child’s birthday, we take them out of school and spend the entire day together. I’ve heard lots of arguments against this practice, but I can argue right back against each one of them, so I won’t even go there. (Feel free to email if you’d like to discuss, though.)
Bottom line: if you are able to take a personal day for each of your children, we highly suggest it.
Yesterday was Sam’s birthday. What a fabulous day with him! (Here’s a bonus for having a too-well day on a birthday. So much free stuff to do!!!)
Afterwards, we met his dad for a quick lunch break. Followed by the next free event:
Sam asked if he could have a storebought cake for his actual birthday and homemade fancy birthday cupcakes for his Angry Birds party. Guess what he picked out for his store-bought cake?
A box of Swiss Cake rolls! That’s got to be the easiest, cheapest birthday cake ever. Kids loved it! The fabulous day ended with the obligatory viewing of baby pics and present opening.