WW #99: A Special Birthday for Mom & Grandpa

Hello everybody. Last Friday marked both my birthday and my Dad’s! I have always felt very close to my Dad and sharing a birthday with him made me feel particularly special. I neglected to get a decent pic of my pops for this post, but to describe him briefly, I’ll say that my Dad’s a gent whose kindness, grace, and courtesy bless everyone around him. A former college basketball player, he channeled his drive into becoming a doctor for athletes and an involved and supportive dad and community member. I’m so blessed to see him a lot and spend time together.

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Back to the issue of moms and birthdays’ I’ve had years where the kids drew cards, and years in which no cards came. This year was a good year which entailed birthday wishes for mom from each of her five little pumpkins. When Marc asked me what I wanted for my birthday, my immediate response was cards from the kids. Being a mom teaches us to take matters into our own hands, right? Here’s what my guys came up with:birthday wishes for momAfter a busy day, I headed uptown with my parents, my sister Kiki and her boyfriend Sander and Marc for a wonderful Italian meal. Here’s me with my beloved mama! In addition to ranking as one of the best knitters, Grandma is always available to lend support and has fried many tens of thousands of Swedish pancakes in her life. My Mom is such a strong role model for me – I hope I can do nearly as well by my kids as she did by us.birthday celebration with momHere we are with my sister Kiki. I’m so lucky to have her alongside me as we raise our kids together. She’s my first call and always makes me feel better about everything. Kiki’s a doctor by day and a single mom by night and weekend. Her kids are awesome and I’m so proud of her!birthday celebration with familyWho said a gluten-free cake can’t be yummy?birthday celebration cakeThe best part of my birthday was managing to get the kiddos lined up for this colorful photo. See Lachlan below sporting a nifty red sweater Grandpa knit for him. Marielle and I are killing the stripes, right?birthday celebration with the kidsHope all is well in your home and thanks so much for reading.

Melissa xoxo

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