I thoroughly enjoy these lunch/dinners with my friends as it allows me, much needed mommy time and adult conversation. The problem is now that my daughter has gotten older, she wants to come along to celebrate my birthday. I try to explain that mommy needs to go out with her friends but this line of reasoning somehow "offends" her.
So this year, she asked if she could throw me a "surprise birthday" party and have all my friends come over to celebrate my birthday.
How can you say no to a request like that? So I arranged for the babysitter to bake my birthday cake (Thank You Duncan Hines) and take her to Party City to buy decorations.
Well, what a surprise, it was more than I could ever hope for. As we entered the apartment, there were tons of balloons at the entrance, a birthday sign and of course, my birthday cake with a gazillion candles. I, even received a gift, a silver bracelet. Even though, we had dessert at the restaurant, we happily at her cake after we sang Happy Birthday. And even though we went to fancy restaurant with a fancy pastry chef, there is nothing tastier and more delicious when a cake is baked with love and affection.
It was the best birthday ever, I can't wait until next year.