The Trials of a Busy Mom

Yup. It’s my birthday. I’m old.

Happy Birthday, old woman.
I wish I could say I’m spending the day relaxing, getting a pedicure and then going shopping. But due to a family party at my house tomorrow, and the general state of this house because of:

a-the primary cleaner being out of town for a week
c-my illness earlier in the week, leaving me weak and tired and not really caring about the state of the house
d-5 kids, one husband and 3 birds.

I’m spending the day cleaning the house. I might as well give up, though, because the little people seem to be messing it up faster than I can clean, and there’s mountains of boxes that don’t fit into the trash, along with tons of little pieces that I’m not sure which toy they go to. And I keep trying to send my kids to friends’ houses, but instead we have more and more kids arriving. Right now Cole’s at a friend’s house, and we still have 7 kids here. hmmm.

Why did we schedule a family party the day after my birthday? Silly me. Oh, I know. It was scheduled for the 23rd, but because of someone’s vacation (mine), we rescheduled it. So, I should stop complaining and get back to cleaning. I will, right after a short rest (I haven’t gotten my energy quite back from the earlier illness, you see) and maybe a diet coke.

I was impressed that Ryan actually remembered the birthday and even got me a gift. Nice cozy slippers. AND he got up before me, changed a stinky diaper, went down and helped the kids make me breakfast in bed. It doesn’t take much to impress me. I guess I have low standards. I just wanted the old family to remember without me giving them any hints or reminders (which I didn’t). Thank goodness for the palm pilot so he can put in a reminder about important dates like birthdays.


  1. Christina

    Glad they remembered. You’ll have to let me know how 39 feels 🙂

  2. Janice from Book Club

    I didn’t know you were a December birthday too! We need to have a party of Decemberites in January when everything settles down and spoil ourselves. Congratulations on 39! Janice

  3. Sharmyn

    Hooray for you! Happy birthday my friend!

  4. Mich

    Happy Happy Birthday Paige!

  5. Amy

    Happy Birthday, Paige! I thought of your birthday two days before it and two days after it. I don’t know what was going on Friday that made me miss it. You don’t seem a day older than 30!

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